canyon's crew

MEET THE Canyons' crew

We are Canyons

Our 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 grandeur 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 have a safe (and highly entertaining) outdoor experience.

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Mike

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 21 years

Mike is from New Zealand and the founder of Canyons'. He is fluent in Japanese and loves all things outdoors from canyoning and rafting, to BBQs and 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: 11 years

As Operations Manager he controls all things at Canyons. He holds a Chef's 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: 12 years

An ever-cheerful Kiwi. The Rafting Trip Leader who makes sure that each trip is super-fun and 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: 8 years

He puts both customers and 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 is an important part of the team for Canyons both in summer and winter and has been the deputy head at a our snowboard school.

QUALIFICATIONS

Wilderness First Aid

CIC Canyoning Guide

Advanced River Rescue (NZ) Facilitator

JSBA A Instructor

JSBA Judge

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Isamu

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 7 years

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: 10 years

His first love is the mountains and he runs the backcountry tours at Canyons during the winter. He is always trying to up-skill during every season and 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: 8 years

Hikaru 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 the mountains.

QUALIFICATIONS

Wilderness First Aid

IRF Grade 3 Guide

Minakami Rafting Guide

CIC Canyoning Guide

Japan Avalanche Network  Avalanche Operation Level 1

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Jumbo

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 4 years

During the off-season in Minakami he heads to New Zealand so spends the whole year in canyons. He is constantly improving his skills and also in charge of our fleet of vehicles to ensure you get to your tour safely.

QUALIFICATIONS

Wilderness First Aid

CIC Canyoning Guide

Minakami Rafting Guide

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Mirich

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 10 years

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: 8 years

He is bilingual with a New Zealand English accent! Ogi is an integral part of the Canyons operation. During winter he is the leader of the Canyons English snow sports school and in summer works as a rafting guide.

qualifications

Wilderness First AidCIC 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: 6 years

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: 3 years

He is a 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 Level 1

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Koya

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 2 years

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: 2 years

Born in Australia, he is native Japanese and English speaker. Has a Japanese soul but an Australian heart. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Wilderness First Aid

CIC Canyoning Guide

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Phill

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 4 years

He is always smiling and joking. On his day off he searches 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 Level 1

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Cho

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 3 years

From Korea, he is always pushing his limits and loves spicy foods.  

Qualifications

Wilderness First Aid

CIC Canyoning Guide

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Daiki

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 2 years

Daiki is a Gunma local. He is patient and calm. He puts customers and the 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

Reiya is Canyons youngest crew member. He is always pushing his limits and is a 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

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Yasu

GUIDE EXPERIENCE: 20 years

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 the 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.

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Aya

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

canyons canyoning Rafting tour staff

Hiro

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

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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

Marippe is key member of the operation staff. She actually started coming to Minakami as a customer and now knows more about the Tone River than anybody else.

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Risa

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

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Miyuki

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

 

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Tetsu

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

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Akie

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

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Sara

From Brazil, loves beach and snow. Between the season's she is somewhere in the world searching for awesome beaches. 

 

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