Kayaking in Japan


Interested in kayaking in Japan? Nagano has numerous lakes and rivers, many of them ideal for Kayaking. 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.


kayaking on lake aokiLake 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 single kayak around this beautiful lake…take it slow and enjoy the views or focus on more advanced paddling techniques to prepare for paddling on a downriver canoe tour in Nagano.

canadian canoe on lake aokiko in the sun
Half-Day Kayak Tour

speed kayak on lake aokikoJoin 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.

girls kayaking on lake aokiko2016 Season
April 29th – November 6th

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 8-12: ¥5,250

Guide, kayak, 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 8 years old

Minimum Group Size
2 adults

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We have a range of single kayaks of varying sizes, with a good selection of equipment for adults and children.

If you want to go in the same “boat” together with others, or you have children under 8, you could consider doing a Canadian Canoe tour.


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!