2 hours from Tokyo

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Summer Activities

During the Summer months Minakami's Joshinetsu National Park (second largest in Japan) provides the perfect field for a large range of world class outdoor adventures. 

Canyons team of internationally qualified professional instructors/guides have experience and expertise in a wide range of adventure sports. This allows us great flexibility to create customized programs to suit the needs of various groups.

The Canyons run Alpine Lodge provides the ideal base camp. Space to chill, exercise and be energetic or recover for the next adventure! Combined with our sister lodge 300m up the road, we can accommodate groups of up to 100 people.

Groups can choose activities from our standard menu or we can work with your group to create a customized solution.

Why Minakami?

  1. An abundance of natrual resources; mountains, lakes, rivers, canyons, forests and wildlife.
  2. Large variety of world class adventure activities.
  3. Easy access from Tokyo and airport (under 3 hours)
  4. Plenty of historical and cultural attractions and activities.


pdfSummer and Winter outdoor education brochure (pdf 4Mb)


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  • Whitewater rafting
  • Canyoning
  • Rock climbing
  • Mountain biking
  • Lake canoe & kayak
  • Bungy jumping
  • Caving
  • Hiking (sinlge or multi day)
  • Teambuilding

Examples of customized programs:

  • Raft building (team building)
  • River skills clinic
  • Technical rope work and abseiling clinic
  • Orienteering and map skills 
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Adventure race

Cultural and Service options:

  • Takuminosato Craft village
  • Japanese wadaiko drum workshop
  • Local hot spring experience
  • Cultutral exchange with local school
  • Teaching English to local students
  • River Cleaning
  • Tree Planting
  • Blog reports for tourism

Please contact us for further information or enquiries about Summer outdoor education.


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Fun & Flexible Education Programs

Canyons run an adventure education program with the highest levels of safety management. The guiding principles include "life skills", as well as "connecting with other languages, cultures, people, nature and yourself".

Students who experience the program learn about cooperation, trust, challenge and sense of achievement in the outdoors. Exciting experiences geared towards learning outcomes lead the students towards individual growth.

Adult teambuilding

Training. Group accommodation

Organizational problem solving or leadership programs are also available. These options are available either as residential or day trip programs. Every program is built specifically for each group in consultation with the organisation in order to ensure that specific goals are met.

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English Power Up

Having an environment in which to practice English conversation is key. Being in the great outdoors and being able to practise English is a great motivator. Along with realizing the fun of hearing and speaking English to communicate, of interaction with instructors from other countries, there is also the opportunity to become familiar with and learn about other languages and culture.

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Adventure education  

It is a process of learning via being challenged in a group by different adventures. Students have to employ problem solving and analytical skills, use their imagination, and to learn to pull together as a team. With the natural environment as the setting, adventure challenges are used to build trust and to develop interpersonal relationships.

Adventure education aims to build life skills. When one encounters difficulty, learn to think together and work towards finding a solution. Develop thinking skills. Be able to interact constructively with others. Allow yourself to trust others and in turn support them. All these skills are required to conquer the challenges and succeed in life ahead.

Canyons have a team of experienced facilitators with knowledge of leadership, motivation, personal development, environment, science, geography and culture. All these elements can be drawn upon to construct a program that is tailor-made to fit the curriculum and learning objectives for each group and guarantee a rich experience for the students involved.