The Himekawa River begins at the Himekawa Genryu, a natural spring in the south of Hakuba near Sanosaka. It is also fed by numerous outflows from the mountains including the more major tributary rivers Hirakawa and Matsukawa.
The water flows at a decent rate early in the season once the snow begins melting, but generally by late July – August the water level is quite low.
Himekawa Half-Day Tour
RESERVATIONTours are run by Hakuba Adventure Club (HAC), based at the bottom of Echoland. If booking through EOC, a courtesy shuttle can be provided, or you are welcome to make your own way there. Change into wetsuits, lifejackets and water shoes then travel by bus to the put-in point. The tour is around 1-1.5 hours, followed by an onsen to shower and get changed. The bus will then take you back to HAC.
- May-June: A & C Tour
- July: A, B & C Tour (B Tour National holiday & weekends only)
- August: A, B & C Tour
- September: A, B & C Tour (B Tour National holiday & weekends only)
- A Tour: 8:30 ~ 12:00
- B Tour: 11:00 ~ 14:30
- C Tour: 13:30 ~ 17:00
*sign-in at start-time above, but please don’t be late
Himekawa River, Hakuba
Hakuba Adventure Club, Echoland, Hakuba
Children 6-12: ¥6,000
Guide, raft, life vest, paddle, wetsuit, rafting helmet, insurance, tax, onsen at the end of the trip. Add 100 yen extra for insurance
What to Bring
Bathing suit, towel – that’s all!
Early season for more excitement, July-August for families/first-timers
From 6 years old
Minimum Group Size
The Shinanogawa is the longest and largest river in Japan. Known as the Chikuma River in Nagano, the name changes to the Shinano River as it enters Niigata. It rises from Mount Kobushi on the border of Saitama, Yamanashi and Nagano, and flows northwest to meet the Sai River from Matsumoto.
Full-Day Rafting Tour on Nagano’s Shinanogawa
ENQUIRYThis is not a regularly scheduled tour. We have been training and running group tours on this river for several years, but we do not yet offer general tours on the Shinano. If you have a large group and are interested contact us and, availability depending, we may be able to offer a Private Tour.
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