trip duration TRIP DURATION
1/2 day
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
4 people
trip level TRIP LEVEL
best period OFFER PERIOD
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP
Not specified


Join Sawanobori tours in Yakushima!

Enjoy canyoning upstream in the drinkable crystal clear water of Kurio river in Yakushima! You will find a waterfall at the end of the tour that no other trails lead to and that no other people will be able to get to.

Yakushima is one of the islands of Japan, located to the south of Kagoshima, which is at the southern tip of Kyushu island. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an island with rich nature left in its wild state, and coexisting with small local settlements. It is also known for being the inspiration for the movie “Princess Mononoke” from Studio Ghibli.
Come and experience the wild island of Japan, full of moss green blessed with heavenly showers, an island of botanical treasure and ancient forests..!

Technical / Fitness Level:
Suitable for all levels.

Previous Experiences:
No previous experience required and no need to be able to swim as life jackets will be worn, but it is better if you have a good balance.

Included in Price:-
Guide Fee

Excluded from Price:-
Gear rental, any transportation cost (flight, ferry to get to the island)

I will pick you up from your hotel in the morning and drop you off at the end of the day.
Canyoning for 3.5 hours.

I can be flexible if you would like to combine this tour with other tours in Yakushima and would like to make it a multi-day guided tour. Please contact me if you would need help in arranging hotels and renting gears.

Kit List:

  • Long trousers that dries quickly
  • Long sleeve shirt that dries quickly
  • (Travel Insurance)

I will provide you with the following items:

  • Helmet
  • Special boots
  • Life jacket
  • Waterproof, water tight bag

*Please let me know of your height, weight and shoe size in advance so I can arrange the rental gears.

Price per person

1 Person15000JPY
Group of 211000JPY
Group of 310000JPY
Group of 49000JPY

Other details


Accommodation Info:
There is a variety of accommodation, guest house, hotels in Japanese style, or occidental style, and their price varies.

Here are a list of hotels that are often chosen by visitors:
-Seaside hotel Yakushima (Miyanoura)
-Yakushima Youth Hostel (Miyanoura)
-Yakushia Green Hotel (Anbo)
-Guesthouse Manmaru (Anbo)
-Sankara hotel&spa Yakushima (between Anbo and Onoaida)
-Shikinoyado Yakushima (Onoaida)
-JR Hotel Yakushima (Onoaida)
-Yakushima Iwasaki Hotel (Onoaida)
-Yakushima South Village (between Onoaida and Kurio)

More info

If you are a group of 5 or more people, please ask me for the pricing information!

Pick-up is available from Kurio, Onoaida (8am) and Anbo (8.30am).

Climate Info:
Yakushima is hot and humid in the summer with temperatures rising up to 27c or so in July / Aug but in high altitude places like Mt Tachu the temperature is lower. Nevertheless, there are breezes coming from both the ocean and the mountain, which makes it more comfortable.

We do get typhoons in Yakushima between May and October, often followed by cancellation of transportations to Yakushima. In this case, we can advise you on what you should do so please don't worry too much!

Yakushima sometimes gets snow in the winter at higher altitude, so for higher altitude treks, it is necessary to bring warm clothing.

An important note:
We all want to preserve the nature and the beauty of Yakushima, and that includes the water that locals use as well. The national park therefore asks all visitors not to urinate freely but to take a portable toilet with you for use when there are no public toilets available. Portable toilets are sold at JPY 550 in Yakushima. I greatly appreciate your understanding, and for respecting the nature of Yakushima and the locals.