canyon's crew

Canyons' crew

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 canyoning Rafting tour guide

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

canyons canyoning Rafting tour guide

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

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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

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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
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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
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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

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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
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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

canyons canyoning Rafting tour guide

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
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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
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Phill

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
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Daiki

GUIDE EXPERIENCE:2years

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

QUALIFICATIONS
Wilderness First Aid 
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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 
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Reiya

GUIDE TRAINEE

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

qualifications
Wilderness First Aid 
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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

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Taku

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 8 years

Organic farmer in the weekdays and outdoor guiding in the weekend, Taku is a man of many talents.

 

QUALIFICATIONS
 
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Mark

GUIDE EXPERIENCE:20 years

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
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Takky

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

canyons canyoning Rafting tour staff

Mayu

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

canyons canyoning Rafting tour staff

Aya

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

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Hiro

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

canyons canyoning Rafting tour staff

Rie

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

canyons canyoning Rafting tour staff

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.

canyons canyoning Rafting tour staff

Risa

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

canyons canyoning Rafting tour staff

Miyuki

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

 

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Tetsu

Guiding for over 20 years Tetsu is now in charge of sales. PLenty of great stories!

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Akie

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

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