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Canyons Crew (staff)

We are Canyons

Canyons' guides have worked all over the globe and each of them brings top level international guiding qualifications to the team. Not only our guides, but also the gear we use is rigorously tested before making the cut. In line with our belief in continual improvement, we're always training and aiming to further improve the quality and safety of our tours.

Outdoor adventure is not just a job for us, it's our passion, our life. Through adventure, we introduce people to the granduer of our natural environment in the hope that a newly gained respect for our planet will be attained.

Canyons prides itself on highly professional and experienced international guides. A great guide is the difference between a good tour and a great tour. Our staff will ensure you a safe (and highly entertaining) outdoor experience.

mike canyons

Mike

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 21years

Canyons' founder. From New Zealand. Fluent in Japanese. Loves all things outdoors - canyoning, rafting, BBQs, the ocean...

Qualifications
Wilderness First Aid
ACA Canyoning Leader
CIC Canyoning Guide
Advanced River Rescue (NZ) Facilitator
New Zealand Grade 4-5 Senior Rafting Guide
Minakami Rafting Guide
CAA Level 1 (Canadian Avalanche Association)
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Keita

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 11years

As Operations Manager he controls all things at Canyons. He holds a Cheffing License, is a talented carpenter, and is one of the mainstays at Canyons.

QUALIFICATIONS
Wilderness First Aid
ACA Canyoning Leader
CIC Canyoning Guide
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Adam

GUIDE EXPERIENCE:12years

An ever-cheerful Kiwi. The Rafting Trip Leader who makes sure that each trip is super-fun & super-safe.
When he gets away from work he can be found playing with his offspring who are a chip off the old block.

Qualifications
Wilderness First Aid
New Zealand Grade 4-5 Senior Rafting Guide
Minakami Rafting Guide

RAJ Rafting Guide

CASI Level 1 Instructor

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Aki

GUIDE EXPERIENCE:8years

He puts both customers & staff at ease with his calming influence. With his soft-spoken leadership he's like a big brother who can always be relied upon.He's been the deputy head at a snowboard school and is leading for Canyons both summer and winter.

QUALIFICATIONS
Wilderness First Aid
CIC Canyoning Guide
Advanced River Rescue (NZ) Facilitator
JSBA A Instructor

JSBA Judge

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Isamu

GUIDE EXPERIENCE:7years

Born in Tokyo, Japan. Loved by customers and all crew, he is the Canyons charismatic guy.

QUALIFICATIONS
Wilderness First Aid
IRF Grade 3 Guide
New Zealand Grade 4-5 Rafting Guide

Minakami Rafting Guide

CIC Canyoning Guide

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Tessy

GUIDE EXPERIENCE:10years

His first love is the mountains and he runs the backcountry tours at Canyons during the winter but is always trying to up-skill during every season.He is in charge of the equipment at Canyons.

QUALIFICATIONS
Wilderness First Aid
CIC Canyoning guide
Japan Avalanche Network  Avalanche Operation Level1

JMGA Mountain Guide stage 2

JMGA Ski Guide stage 1

Hikal

Hikaru

GUIDE EXPERIENCE:8years

Hi is the promo guy for Canyons. The many Canyons' promotional videos are his work. A native of Okinawa he loves to enjoy the ocean and also the mountains.

QUALIFICATIONS
Wilderness First Aid
IRF Grade 3 Guide

Minakami Rafting Guide

CIC Canyoning Guide

Japan Avalanche Network  Avalanche Operation Level1

jumbo

Jumbo

GUIDE EXPERIENCE:4 years

During the off-season in Minakami he heads to NZ so spends the whole year in canyons, constantly improving his skills. He's also in charge of our fleet of vehichles so makes sure you get to your tour safely.

QUALIFICATIONS
Wilderness First Aid
CIC Canyoning Guide
Minakami Rafting Guide
mirich

Mirich

GUIDE EXPERIENCE:10years

She is a veteran guide and one of the few female guides in Minakami. Hear her talk and there is no mistaking that she comes from Kansai. She is a true sportswoman who's been involved in raft racing and also pro snowboarding.

Qualifications
Wilderness First Aid
IRF Grade 3 Guide
RAJ Rafting Guide
ogi

Ogi

GUIDE EXPERIENCE:8years

He is bilingual (with New Zealand accented English!) who is an integral part of the Canyons operation. During winter he is the leader of the Canyons English language snow sports school.

qualifications
Wilderness First Aid
CIC Canyoning Guide
Advanced River Rescue (NZ) Facilitator

New Zealand Grade 3 Rafting Guide

Minakami Rafting Guide

JSBA A Instructor

PSA Asia Pro Snowboarder

tomoki

Tomoki

GUIDE EXPERIENCE:6years

He is an incredibly attentive and gentle guide which is not what people might think when they first see his tall frame. He is a key player in many of the great events that take place for party people at Canyons.

QUALIFICATIONS
Wilderness First Aid
CIC Canyoning Guide
toshi

Toshi

GUIDE EXPERIENCE:3years

He is smart guy and always working hard to improve his skills. During the winter he is pushing his limits in some "pow" around Japan.

Qualifications
Wilderness First Aid
CIC Canyoning Guide

Japan Avalanche Network  Avalanche Operation Level1

koya270

Koya

GUIDE EXPERIENCE:2years

He just got back from Australia, where he has been for a year, improving his English skills. 

QUALIFICATIONS
Wilderness First Aid
CIC Canyoning Guide
ko270

Koh

GUIDE EXPERIENCE:2years

Born in Australia, he is native Japanese and English speaker. Japanese soul, Australian heart. 

QUALIFICATIONS
Wilderness First Aid
CIC Canyoning Guide
Phil

Phil

GUIDE EXPERIENCE:4years

He is always smiling and joking. On day offs his searching for the best waves around Kanto beach breaks.

Qualifications
SOA Canyoning guide
SOA Rafting guide
SBAINZ Snowboard level 2
Sky diving FAI license

Japan Avalanche Network  Avalanche Operation Level1

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Cho

GUIDE EXPERIENCE:3years

From Korea, he is always pushing his limits in a spicy foods.  

Qualifications
Wilderness First Aid
CIC Canyoning Guide
daiki

Daiki

GUIDE EXPERIENCE:2years

Gunma local, his patience and calm character put customers and crew in a healing mode.

QUALIFICATIONS
Wilderness First Aid 
hemi270

Hemi

GUIDE EXPERIENCE:2years

A typical kiwi, loves a good party. He is always busy to entertainment everybody, from customers to crew.  

Qualifications
 
jhon270

John

GUIDE EXPERIENCE:15years

He is a Canadian veteran guide, have been for more than 15 years exploring rivers all over the world.

Qualifications
New Zealand Grade 4-5 Senior Rafting Guide 

R3 WRT Colombia

Red Cross First Aid CPRC Colombia

SSI Rescue Diver

CAA Avalanche Tech 2

APPI PP5 Pilot

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Benji

GUIDE EXPERIENCE:1year

He is always entertain customers and crew with his smiling talk. Like every kiwi, beer after a work is a must. During snow season, his pushing limits in some "pow" in the world. 

qualifications
 
kin270

Kin

GUIDE TRAINEE

A "Kansai" girl, she is always smiling and with her physical ability, she is challenging her limits in lots of adventures. 

Qualifications
Wilderness First Aid 
reiya270

Reiya

GUIDE TRAINEE

Canyons youngest crew, is pushing his limits with his powerful youthness. He is Judo black belt. 

qualifications
Wilderness First Aid 
hayden270

Hayden

GUIDE TRAINEE

Born in England, after a winter in Niseko, Hokkaido he is now challenging for new skills.  

QUALIFICATIONS
Commercial Yacht Master
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Chris

GUIDE TRAINEE

Natural from England, he is all round sportsmen, and now is challenging for a new adventure.  

QUALIFICATIONS
CSIA Level 2 Instructor

ISA Level 1 Instructor

SPA (Single Pitch Award)

BCU Level 1

vivian270

Vivien

GUIDE TRAINEE

German girl, is challenging herself in a rafting boat. In the winter time she is challenging herself as a snowboarder.

QUALIFICATIONS
 
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Taku

平日はオーガニックの農業にいそしむナチュラル系ガイド。実は元パティシエという異色な経歴をもつ。

QUALIFICATIONS
 
Mark

Mark

GUIDE EXPERIENCE:10years

A great kiwi rafting legend. His rusky voice is a trademark. 

Qualifications
Wilderness First Aid
Rescue 3 senior instructor 
Advanced River Rescue (NZ) Facilitator
New Zealand NZRA Grade 4-5 Senior Rafting Guide
Minakami Rafting Guide
yasu

Yasu

GUIDE EXPERIENCE:20years

Rafting world class legend.  

qualifications
Wilderness First Aid
Rescue 3 senior instructor 
Advanced River Rescue (NZ) Facilitator
New Zealand NZRA Grade 4-5 Senior Rafting Guide
Minakami Rafting Guide

Booking/Cafe/Suport crew

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Miwa

A local girl who is born and bred in Minakami. Typical japanese lovely girl, fashion is a must.

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Mayu

Comes from the northern island of Hokkaido. Her hobbies include travelling and gaming.

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Aya

She takes care of both Japanese and English Reception. She comes from Fukushima and is always bubbly.

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Sayuri

Gunma local, she is now living in Queenstown, New Zealand and back in Japan for a few months to work with us.

Ryan

Ryan

He is in charge of English reservations. From Australia, he loves a good party and beer. 

hiro-cafe

Hiro

Canyons artist, like every artist he has own magic world. In charge of Canyons design and lodge.

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Rie

She is multi-talented and can be found dashing around with a camera, or managing the cafe kitchen. 

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Marippe

A key member of the operation staff, she started coming to Minakami as a customer and now knows more about the Tone River than anybody else.

rie

Risa

Alot of our power comes from the delicious food that Risa makes. She puts her heart into the Special Canyons Burger too.

takky

Takky

Natural from Gunma, she is Canyons multi-talented and creative, from website to kitchen, she is always helping customers and crew. 

Margo

Margo

Canyons official English teacher. Her american accent english makes the difference.

miyuki

Miyuki

Powerful girl from Tokyo. She loves to talk, and always chating and smiling.

sonya

Sonya

Canyons cafe staff

simon

Simon

Canyons cafe staff

chi-san

Chi

You wouldn't believe that she is in her 70s... She7s the Canyons' matriach, and full of energy.

Akie

Akie

Canyons' Website Manager. She can often be found enjoying the great outdoors with her 3 lively children.

tetsu

Tetsu

オーストラリアで始めたガイド暦はもう○年。ふんわりゆったりのんびりツアーはおまかせ。

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