The Himekawa River begins at the Himekawa Genryu, a natural spring in the south of Hakuba near Sanosaka. It is fed by numerous tributaries from the mountains, the largest of which being the 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
Join us on our journey downstream the Himekawa. This tour is perfect for families and first-timers looking to dip their toes into rafting. This introductory tour rewards your group with spectacular views of the Hakuba Mountain Range as you make your way through the valley.
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
This 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.
"Our private rafting tour with Evergreen was fun and well organized. Our kayaker Pat stayed in front of our boat to keep our journey safe, and he took lots of photos for us too. Our guide Johnny was awesome, and he let us stop at some fun spots for quick swims and waterfall exploring. I highly recommend that you check out Evergreen if you want to explore all the outdoor activities around Hakuba!!"