Please note: We are only operating private tours during the 2024 Green Season


Flat-water Canoeing in Japan doesn't get much better than this

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 Canoe Tours.


Lake 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 transformed into a green oasis, making it a popular destination for birds and fish, perfect for swimming, and home to countless fireflies in the evenings. Autumn brings a sea of orange and red foliage, a sight considered as one of Japan's treasures.

Paddle a 2 person (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.

Full-Day & Half-Day Canoe Tours

canadian canoe on aokiko with dog

Join 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, snack or swim before making your way back to Aokiko Campsite.

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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!TOM (USA/JAPAN)
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