Canadian Canoeing in Japan


Canoeing in Japan doesn’t get much better than on Nagano’s numerous lakes and rivers. We offer flat-water tours on Aokiko – Lake Aoki – a deep and clear lake fed by snow-melt, rain, and mineral springs from below. We also offer Downriver Tours which include flatwater training and a tour on the nearby Saigawa – Sai River – click here to learn about Downriver Tours.


canoeing in japan - lake aoki in autumnLake Aoki near Hakuba is one of Japan’s purest lakes, fed by snow-melt, rain and natural spring-water bubbling from below. In the Spring Cherry Blossoms are abundant, in the Summer the lake is alive with greenery, birds and fish and is beautiful for swimming, and fireflies are plentiful in the evenings. In Autumn the color of the leaves is one of Japan’s treasures.

Paddle a 2 (or 3 person if you have a child in the center) Canadian Canoe around this beautiful lake…take it slow and enjoy the views or focus on more advanced paddling techniques to prepare for guiding one of these dynamic canoes on a downriver canoe tour in Nagano.

Half-Day Canoe Tour

canoeing in japan - canadian canoe on lake aokiJoin one of Evergreen’s trained guides for a tour around Lake Aoki. After a safety briefing, your guide will instruct you in proper paddling technique and how to sit in and move around in the canoe. As you explore the Lake, your guide will point out wildlife and points of interest. Stop for a drink, a snack, an explore and a swim if the weather allows, before making your way back to Aokiko Campsite.

canadian canoe - couple on tour2015 Season
May 2nd – November 3rd

AM Tour: 9:00 ~ 11:30
PM Tour: 13:00 ~ 15:30
*please sign in 15 minutes before tour start time

Aokiko Campsite, Lake Aoki, Omachi

Meeting Point
Aokiko Campsite, Lake Aoki, Omachi
*let us know if you need our complimentary shuttle service

Adults: ¥5,750
Children 6-12: ¥4,200
Infants 3-5: ¥1,500
Dogs: Free

Guide, canoe, paddle, life jacket, insurance, tax

What to Bring
Rain gear, clothes and shoes that can get wet (no sandals), change of clothes, towel, water, cap, sunscreen and of course friends to share in the fun

From 3 years old

Minimum Group Size
2 adults

canoeing in japan - lake aokiko in the sun

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Canadian Canoes are 2-person open canoes.

If you have children, you can seat 1 child in the center (2 if they are quite small).

Want to take your dog? Let us know and we will prepare a lifejacket for your pet should it be needed.

canadian canoeing in japan - lake aokiko with dog

If on the day the weather is found to be too wet, EOC reserves the right to cancel the tour. In this case alternate dates may be offered or full refunds will be made.

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“Aokiko is one of the most beautiful lakes I have been to in a long time. I’ll be back with my family!”