Packrafting in Minakami, Gunma Prefecture

Hiroko, a JMGA mountain guide, takes you on a 1-day packrafting adventure for beginners in Minakami, in the northern Gunma Prefecture.




Trip Duration

1 day

People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip

Not specified



    Come with me for an exciting adventure in Minakami, riding the rapids of Tonegawa river in a pack raft! 

    Packrafting consists on using a single inflatable raft that can easily fit inside your backpack. Unlike rafting, it doesn’t involve big cars to transport kayaks or rafts. Besides, you can choose your own starting point on the river.

    This is a fun activity that allows you a great amount of freedom, as you can have full mobility and flexibility: you can go as far as you want and then take a train back home!

    I propose to take you on a 1-day trip in Minakami, a town in the Gunma region, surrounded by beautiful mountains. It’s an ideal opportunity for beginners, as you will learn how to control and operate the rafts as well as actually rafting down a river.

    We’ll be rafting on Tonegawa river or one of its small branches. Here, you can find sections with different difficulty levels. However, we’ll be traversing parts with a Class 2 or so difficulty, because the main objective is for you to learn how to control the rafts.

    Ready to enjoy a packrafting adventure in Japan? Please get in touch with me! We can organize an individual trip or you can come with a group of friends.

    If you want to know more about this activity, don’t miss the story of three happy clients that joined me on a packrafting trip in Minakami. 

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    13500 JPY

    Group of 2
    13500 JPY

    Group of 3
    13500 JPY

    Group of 4
    13500 JPY

    Group of 5
    13500 JPY

    Group of 6
    13500 JPY


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Personal Insurance
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Other details

    Skill level required

    First time

    Fitness level required

    Open to everyone

    Meeting point

    Minakami in Gumma prefecture.


    I can arrange a basic self catered dormitory style accommodation (an option for private rooms available) and/or pick you up / drop you off from nearby onsen towns (Takaragawa Onsen or Houshi Onsen).

    More info

    Kit list:

    Must have: swimming wear, towel.

    Nice to have: rain jacket, goggles for people with glasses or contact lenses.


    In case I'm busy on the dates you request this trip, a JMGA mountain guide colleague will be able to guide you instead.


    About the Guide


    I am a JMGA mountain guide based in Minakami in Gumma prefecture in Japan, home to Mount Tanigawa in the Tanigawa Mountain Range. It is one of the top 100 famous mountains in Japan and is my favourite mountain full of potentials in rock climbing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing and trekking. I also run a lodging service there for the convenience of clients, which I started in response to the requests by my clients in 2011.

    My specialty ranges from climbing / mountaineering, trekking (hiking and snow shoeing), Sawanobori (climbing up through waterfalls), backcountry skiing / ski touring, pack rafting and canyoning.

    Having been a member of Exploration Club whilst at University in Kyoto, my first guiding certification was in river rafting, where my passion lay at the time, and my main guiding activities now are mostly in the mountains.
    With “explore deeper and have fun” as mottos, I put together outdoor adventure itineraries for each season of the year, so that more people can feel and enjoy the power and kindness of the nature.

    I would love to share the unique, beautiful and exploratory experience you can get in Minakami with you, let it be in the mountains or in the waters!

    I have the following certificates: JMGA Climbing Guide Stage Level 2, Oze Nature Guide, Oze Climbing Guide and WMA Wilderness First Responder.

    When I'm unavailable to guide, my trusted colleagues with JMGA certifications will be able to guide you!



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    What People are Saying

    • 1 review


    Very friendly, patient and professional guide. Good rafting skills. Lovely day! Thx !
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    Yve Driesen
    Thank you soooooo much to help arranging such an experience for us! Jimmy, Alice and I had so much fun, everything was great!!!! Thank you for your kindness! We love the blog too! We will certainly come again! Please send our great appreciation to Michi San (he\'s fun and cool!), also our Chef (She made us the best noodles and CD : ) I will send you more photos.  Please take care and let us know when the next multi-day packrafting opportunity comes. We love camping and outdoor! Japan has a very nice natural environment. Cheers, Ardis
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