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

Mountain Range


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. 

Price per person

1 Person
121 USD

Group of 2
121 USD

Group of 3
121 USD

Group of 4
121 USD

Group of 5
121 USD

Group of 6
121 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • All meals during trip
  • Personal Insurance


What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.


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.

Please be aware that this trip may be affected by changes in unforeseeable weather conditions. Moreover, depending on the client's health conditions, the guide may determine that the customer is not fit for the trip and may refuse customer participation. All participants must be insured in case of accidents. Please ensure you are insured with appropriate policy in particular that covers mountain rescue operations. 

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!

FROM 121 USD per person


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