2 hours from Tokyo

Snow experience Japan!

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Outdoor Education

Whether your students are ready to carve through fresh powder snow, or snowplough in lines down a gentle slope; explore the depths of caves; experience multiday hiking; or engage in some team building, Canyons will create a programme to suit.

Canyons is a leading outdoor education provider for four season adventure activities in Japan. We provide unforgettable experiences for your students, along with peace of mind for the school and accompanying teachers.

Our internationally qualified professional staff accompany your students every step of the way, forming a bond that encourages the students to gain a better understanding of Japanese life and culture. It’s about fun and adventure in a safe learning environment. And your students will leave with a healthy respect for nature and a greater understanding of themselves and their peers.

Why Canyons?

  1. Experienced operator that works to international standards
  2. Professionally qualified international staff
  3. Large variety of activities and programs for each season
  4. Makes the planning easy. We provide all of the documents you need to get thr trip going.
  5. Makes the trip easy. Our outdoor mentors look after the students from morning wake up to after evening activities.


pdfCanyons Summer and Winter outdoor education brochure(pdf 4Mb)


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Green Season Adventures

The Gunma area is famous for its mountains, forests and waterways. This creates a fantastic field for a wide range of outdoor activities and learning.

Green Season Adventures

Winter Adventures

With over 40 ski resorts within 60 mins and a highly reliable amount of quality snow, the Minakami area is pefect for Winter activities.

Winter Activities

Teachers Pack

We understand that schools and parents have high expectations of outdoor education operators and the teachers that organize trips. In order to make the organization as easy as possible we have created the "Teacher Pack". A collection of documents to aid in the creation of your trip and inform parents of details. The pack includes:

  • Risk assessment
  • Parental consent forms
  • Pupil record sheet
  • Operator and activity explanation (power point - can be used for school and parent breifing)
  • Quote generator
  • Insurance details

Please email to receive the complete pack. [email protected]


Emma Hall

Head of Senior PE, Tanglin Trust School, Singapore

Just wanted to say thank you very much for everything last week. It was a great trip and I have had so many emails from the parents, I have attached them below as they are raving about the instructors and thought it would be nice for you guys to hear.

We were very impressed with the slickness of the whole trip, it seemed that nothing was forgotten and everything had been thought of. (It may have not felt like that to you! But it definitely was one of the best and easiest ski trips I have taken)

I think all of the instructors and staff that worked with our students were fantastic. That alone would ensure a return trip from us. Working everyday in a school environment it can be easy to be critical of coaches and instructors, but it was faultless for every instructor. In my experience this is a difficult task, but your instructors managed to be constantly enthusiastic, fun, patient, kind, and extremely professional. I haven’t seen our kids waxing so lyrically about their instructors before, and never have the teachers felt like such a spare part and even feeling like it was a "holiday" trip and not just work!! (although better keep that quiet to all the other staff here!)?We had a group of mixed athletic abilities?but the fact that every student walked off the slopes every day with an enormous feeing of success and at the end of the week, all were keen to come back on a ski trip again is testament to all of the instructors.

Snowshoeing was great and a good break for the students. They really seemed to get together and were a lot more outgoing and chatty after that for the rest of the week. The Japanese meal was great and again something that they felt was well worth doing.

We liked the ski resort at Houdaigi and it was a great beginners and intermediate range. It was great to go to Kagura and see something new too as well.

Dave Gotterson
Department Head, High School Social Studies ,The American School in Japan

Our school has taken about 40 upper high school students on a three day outdoor challenge trip in early November for the last 6 years with Canyons Japan. We complete most of these activities each year: canyoning, caving, downhill mountain biking, rafting, rock climbing, orienteering and a campfire at Canyons base on the banks of the Tone river. Each year there is a waiting list for students to go on the trip and our school is in the process of expanding to a winter trip to include skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.

Canyons provides all equipment, which is well maintained and very functional, in one central location on the Tone river, the venue for most of the water activities. The Minakami base has hot showers, change rooms, restaurant, skateboard ramp, pool table and a huge indoor/outdoor deck overlooking the river. Students move easily from one activity to another meaning that they can experience much with little downtime. Canyons transport us on their own buses between activities, to and from our hotel and the local station. They also have on site accommodation at their base on the river banks.

Students on all our trips invariably have a great time. They are challenged, in ability level groups andA?rise to the occasion doing things they would never ordinarliy tackle.A? Canyons encourages teachers to join in with students in the activities. It is rewarding and reassuring for teachers to know thatA? students will love this trip, will gain great outdoor experience and a respect for the natural environment.A?Students will also gain a valuable insight into the Japanese reverence for natureA?and will be effectively organized, instructed and led by the Canyons staff.

We will continue our relationship with Canyons Japan into the future as these trips meet our needs for quality outdoor education.