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Downriver in Nagano

Downriver Canoe & Kayak Lessons & Tours

The options for white water rafting Japan are endless, but for those who have always wanted to try downriver canoeing or kayaking, here is your chance. Let Evergreen’s professional instructors teach you what you need to know to have an unforgettable downriver canoe or kayak experience.


On our 2-day tours, we spend the first day on Lake Aoki learning paddling and downriver technique. By Day 2 we will have you piloting your own canoe or kayak down one of Nagano’s largest rivers - the Sai River. This is a grade one river, perfect for beginners and families.

On the 1-day tour, we give you a crash course in river paddling and run a shorter, easier section of the Sai River - a great downriver intro experience.

white water rafting japan - downriver canoe


downriver kayak with james robb

On the 1-Day Downriver Tour, we spend the morning at Lake Aoki practicing and training river paddling and safety skills. After lunch at the lake, we travel to the Sai River (around a 45 minute drive) and run a short section. This is more of a "crash-course", and is recommended for those who have already got the basic flat-water paddling techniques.

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downriver canoe in nagano

On the 2-Day Tour, we spend Day 1 either working on advanced paddling and downriver techniques all day, or do a similar day to the 1-Day Tour with a short river trip if the group is ready. On Day 2 we spend a full-day on the Sai River. We paddle a longer stretch, with a few more Grade 1-2 rapids, and there is more focus on river paddling and safety skills. We end the day refreshing in a local onsen.

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Outstanding! Amazing! There aren't enough adjectives to describe this trip, and this experience you have given us.MIKHAIL OZA
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