Explore Sawanobori (Canyoning) in Yakushima

Join a half day unique Sawanobori experience on Kurio river in beautiful Yakushima with a local JMGA mountain guide Junichi.




Trip Duration

1 day

Mountain Range


People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jul, Aug, Sep

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. (Please keep in mind we may explore a river other than the Kurio River, depending on weather conditions).

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, insurance, lunch and gear rental (special shoes, life jacket, safety belt and carabiner)

Excluded from Price:-
Any transportation costs (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 about 7 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
  • Lunch

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

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Price per person

1 Person
25000 JPY

Group of 2
22000 JPY

Group of 3
20000 JPY

Group of 4
18000 JPY


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) http://www.ssh-yakushima.co.jp/
-Yakushima Youth Hostel (Miyanoura) http://www.yakushima-hostel.com/index_en.html
-Yakushia Green Hotel (Anbo) http://www.yakushima-gh.com/
-Guesthouse Manmaru (Anbo) http://manmaru.jimdo.com/yakushima-guesthouse-manmaru-in-english/
-Sankara hotel&spa Yakushima (between Anbo and Onoaida) http://www.sankarahotel-spa.com/en/
-Shikinoyado Yakushima (Onoaida) http://www.h3.dion.ne.jp/~yasuakim/english.html
-JR Hotel Yakushima (Onoaida) http://www.jrk-hotels.co.jp/en/Yakushima/
-Yakushima Iwasaki Hotel (Onoaida) http://yakushima.iwasakihotels.com/en/
-Yakushima South Village (between Onoaida and Kurio) http://www.yakushima-yh.net/

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.


About the Guide


I am a JMGA certified hiking guide and a National Certified Tour Guide, living locally in Yakushima since 1998. I have always been passionate about the nature and the outdoors, and have also attended a park ranger school in Canada, where I rediscovered the beauty of the Japanese nature. Upon my return to Japan, I learnt about eco tourism in Yakushima, which is when I packed all my belongings on a van and moved there. Since then, I have been guiding in Yakushima and have attended thousands of visitors up to this day.

Many guests have told me that travelling with a guide is much more secure, informative and fun. The chance to communicate with the true locals is the real charm of the trip. I’ll do my best to make your time in Yakushima memorable and unforgettable!

I look forward to welcoming you and sharing the natural beauty of Yakushima with you, and the Japanese culture itself that is deeply related to its nature.

If I cannot guide the tour then my friend guide Akihiro (http://www.explore-share.com/mountain-guide/akihiro-wada/) will guide you.

FROM 18000 JPY per person

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