Take a dream trip into the deep nature of Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan. Located at the gateway to the absolutely stunning Shirakami-Sanchi mountain range—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—rafting and canoeing in Nishimeya Village is a can’t-miss experience for any outdoor enthusiast.
Verdant new leaves in the spring, blue skies and lush greenery in the summer, and colorful foliage in the autumn will surround you as you go rafting down the crystal-clear Iwaki River, nestled in the majestic mountains. Set amidst this varied natural scenery, A’GROVE’s rafting tour offers a smooth, safe, and refreshing journey down the river that’s perfect for beginners and families with children. Along the way, you can take a short break and partake in refreshing apple juice. If you’re looking to cool off during the summer months, you’re even welcome to spend time jumping into the river or going for a relaxing wade in the mountain stream. For this reason, you’ll want to bring along a swimsuit and towel, and come in clothes that you don’t mind getting wet.
For the more adventurous types and those looking to get even closer to the water, a two-person ducky boat is the way to go. Similar to a kayak in shape, they are stable, flexible, and a great option for those who want to venture in pairs. For those looking for a more leisurely adventure, they also offer tours of the placid Lake Tsugaru Shirakami, in either a standard kayak or larger Canadian canoe.
No matter which adventure you choose, you’re sure to fully enjoy the beautiful nature of Nishimeya Village, with fresh breezes blowing in all seasons, sparkling water reflecting off the rocky surfaces, and birds chirping all around you. At the end of the rafting or ducky boat tour, you’ll receive a souvenir of photos taken during your tour. And if you have time, why not soak In the relaxing waters at one of the three nearby hot spring facilities before you head home? It’s sure to cap off an incredible adventure through Aomori’s stunning nature.
Address: 83-1 Tashiro Natsubotai, Nishimeya Village, Nakatsugaru-gun, Aomori Prefecture
Airport: Aomori Airport
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Morning schedule from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Afternoon schedule from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(Includes reception, orientation and safety instruction)
*Unfortunately, there are no English speaking staff available. Please come with an interpreter or a companion who can speak Japanese.
Rafting: Adults: 6,600 yen (7/20-8/31: 7,700 yen)
Elementary school students and below: 4,400 yen (7/20-8/31: 5,500 yen)
Ducky Canoe: Adults: 9,800 yen
Elementary school students and below: 7,800 yen
(*Admission fee may vary for groups and individuals)
Closed during the winter season (from early November to late April)
1 hour and 30 minutes from Aomori Airport by car