Outdoor education aims to build life skills. Challenges are encountered and the group need to explore solutions, be innovative, learn from each attempt, and have the resilience to keep going. Through this collaborative interaction they develop thinking and communication skills, learn to trust and support others, and are often surprised with their outcomes having being confronted by a seemingly insurmountable obstacle. All these skills are required to conquer the challenges and succeed in life ahead. Feelings of empowerment and sense of achievement inspire confidence for future adventures. 

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”

John Muir

Canyons is one of the leading providers of outdoor education to school groups in Asia. We have over 20 year experience in Japan providing world class programmes throughout the four seasons. 

We understand the needs of international schools, as we have been working with the top schools in Asia to develop programs that meet the requirements of all international standards.  We offer a variety of standard programs but also can create custom programs to suit your needs:

  • Expeditions

  • Winter Programs

  • Summer Programs

Japan is the perfect destinations for overseas school trips with its high level of safety, rich culture and great tourism infrastructure. Canyons are now registered as a travel agency as well, so we can help organise everything from the time you land to the time you fly out.

Our domestic school clients:

  • Nishimachi International School

  • Seisen International School

  • The American School in Japan

  • The British School of Tokyo

  • Yokohama International School

    and many more.

Our overseas school clients:

  • Dulwich College Seoul

  • Dulwich College Singapore

  • Singapore American School

  • The British School Manila


    and many more.



Japan is blessed with 1000's of kms of hiking trails, through its 34 national parks and historic routes. Here we can learn about flora, fauna, culture and sustainability, practical outdoor skills as well as soft and meta skills. From easy half days to 7 day multiday programs we can customize a program for your schools needs.
Kumano Kodo, Mt Fuji, Oze Marshlands and more!


With an abundance or pristine waterways Japan offers some amazing whitewater experiences ranging from grade 1-4 rapids from 1-5 days. Traveling through secluded valleys and terraced rice field plantations enables us to see rural Japan from a very unique angle. Trips can be run self contained or with full road support, depending on the goals of the group. Packrafts can also made available to maximise the learning experience. 

Snowshoe & ski touring

The mellow tree line terrain ranging from 1200 - 2000 m is the perfect introduction to winter touring. Spectacular mountain panoramas, native flora and fauna. There are a number of possible routes that can be customized to the needs of the group and the time of the season. Snow science and avalanche safety sessions will also be included as well as a choice of camping options.


Amazing consistant snow conditions with a long season from Dec through to mid April. We have a large variety of ski resorts to choose from and easily accessible from Tokyo and airports in under 3 hours. The ski resorts are uncrowded meaning no time waiting in lift queues and no trying to dodge the traffic.

Snowsports Lesson

Season: Dec - Apr

Professional instructors guide students to the progressions. Great self confidence and skills building.

Snowshoe & ski touring

Season: Jan - Mar

Experience the freedom and grandeur of the mountains while learning about the mountains and environment.

Snow Studies

Season: Jan - Mar

Learn the basics of snow science and avalanche awareness while experiencing the freedom and grandeur of the snow covered mountains

Igloo Building

Season: Jan - Mar

A great team-building activity and useful survival tool, snow craft is one of the most popular and satisfying winter activities.


Sitting on the border of Gunma and Niigata Prefectures, Minakami town in Gunma is just 2 hours away from Tokyo and the metropolitan area. Minakami is at the head of the Tone River and the entrance to Joshinetsu National Park and the majestic Mt. Tanigawa. With spectacular nature on the doorstep there are a host of perfect places to enjoy a wide range of outdoor adventures.  


Jump, slide rappel, climb. Plenty of different canyoning courses, ranging from easy half day to highly technical full day courses.


Half day to multi-day adventures navigating the Shinano and Tone Rivers (largest and second largest in Japan).


Learn the basics of using a double blade paddle in this exciting new sport. Explore lakes and rivers with the ultimate portable whitewater craft. 


Minakami is surrounded by 2 national parks and has access to over 400 km of trails. Anything from an easy half day stroll to multi-day expeditions are possible. 


Teams use orienteering skills to navigate around a course and perform tasks to obtain clues to solve the final puzzle.

Team Building

Based on the project adventure model we work through the phases of group development using a variety of challenging activities and games.

Cultural Activities

Japan has a rich cultural heritage and you can discover more about it through a range of hands-on experiences. 

Evening Activities

The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Evening activities can be tailored to the program, weather conditions, environment and the age of the students.