Tonegawa River, Japan, Advanced Full Day Pack Rafting

Challenge yourself on this full day advanced level pack rafting adventure on the Tonegawa river in Japan with JMGA certified guide Hiroko.




Trip Duration

1 day

Mountain Range


People per Guide

3 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip



  • Enjoy a challenging pack rafting route on the Tonegawa river.

  • See the beautiful town of Minakami, while riding some thrilling rapids.

  • Put your advanced level rafting skills to the test on this full day adventure.


Due to the size of the Tonegawa river, there are several different parts that you can pack raft on. And on this full day trip, you will get to experience the down river, which is where the most difficult and adventurous parts of the water are.

As a result of the difficulty level of this section of the Tonegawa river, participants are required to be able to raft at an advanced level. You must be adept at skills such as self-rescue and proper movement, among others. And while that limits the trip only for the most experienced, the rewards are well worth it, as the down river section is absolutely thrilling. Furthermore, the scenery you will get to see of the town of Minakami is gorgeous.

Also known as the Tone river, Tonegawa is a treat for anybody who gets to pack raft on it. And with this trip adding the element of challenge, it only makes it a more exciting adventure.

So if you are an experienced pack rafter looking for a challenging route, send me a request. I have no doubt you’ll have a great time on the Tonegawa river! 

Would you like to still enjoy the Tonegawa river, but don’t have the necessary experience for this difficult option? Then join me on this full day, beginner level option. You can also join me on this half-day, beginner level option as well.

Price per person

1 Person
125 USD

Group of 2
125 USD

Group of 3
125 USD

Group of 4
125 USD

Group of 5
125 USD

Group of 6
125 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Personal equipment
  • Personal Insurance
 In addition to the guiding fee, the price also includes insurance, taxes, and rental equipment, which includes paddle, PFD, helmet, wetsuit and shoes, but does not include any transportation costs, including train fees.


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
Fitness level required
Meeting point
Boukengoya Guesthouse

There are comfortable accommodation options in Minakami that I would be happy to recommend to you.

More info

Participants must bring swimwear and a towel, and should bring beach sandals, sun glasses, rain wear in case of rain and a change of clothes.

Participants must be at least 20 years old, and be able to pack raft at a demonstrable advanced level. There is the possibility of cancellation due to weather or water level. There is also the possibility of cancellation or schedule change in the event that not enough people do not gather.

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 125 USD per person


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