Canyoning Tours

Minakami and Okutama, just 90 mins form Tokyo

You might be able to tell from our company name what we are passionate about canyoning! We were the first company in Japan to start canyoning tours way back in 1998 and have been pioneering the industry ever since.

If you haven't tried canyoning yet, Japan is an amazing location to get into this adventure sport; crystal clear water, native forests, amazing views at every turn, and world class canyons. Our two main areas of Minakami and Okutama are both under 90 minutes from Tokyo.

If you have already sampled the adrenaline rush of canyoning, then you are sure to be delighted by the many courses Canyons has to offer. With over 40 different canyoning courses we can cater for nervous first timers to experienced adrenaline junkies. A truly unique way to experience Japan's nature. If you need help deciding on a tour then read "choosing a canyoning course" or contact us for advice.

We also use a canyoning rating system with 6 levels. Levels 1-3 courses can be experienced by first time canyoners but for level 4-6 we require you to have canyoning experience. Please enquire if you have an experienced group and would like to try a higher level canyon.

OUR CANYONING GUIDES

A guide makes the difference between an good day and an amazing day! Canyons prides itself on an amzing crew of local and international guides to make sure you have the "day of your life"!

WHAT IS CANYONING?

Canyoning is the sport of negotiating your way down canyons by employing various techniques; abseiling and jumping waterfalls and cliffs, cascading down natural chutes and water slides, swimming through crystal clear pools and using special rope systems, such as flying foxes.There is usually a small amount of hiking required to access most courses, but once in the canyon, nearly 80% of the time is spent in the water. For the best explanation of canyoning watch the tour video.

Check out our frequently asked questions page and if you are still unsure about where to start ask our reservations staff. They can advise about which canyon would be best for YOU and our expert guides can customize the tour to suit YOUR thrill level!

Canyoning Tours

Choose your course

Okutama
April - October
Big Holy

If it is your first time but you want some decent thrills and a technical course then this is the place to start. It is a step up from Holy Canyon.

Location: Okutama
Ease of access: Easy
Highlight: A 35 meter zipline!
Tour level: 3
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Tour levels 4+ are available to repeaters
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Okutama
April - October
Holy Canyon

If you are looking for an easy introduction to the fun of canyoning this is a fantastic place to start!

Location: Okutama
Ease of access: Easy
Highlight: A perfect canyon for beginners!
Tour level: 2
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Tour levels 4+ are available to repeaters
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Minakami
April - October
Fox Plus Canyon

The ultimate half day of action at Fox Canyon (our most popular course) has just got better and more thrilling! 

Location: Minakami
Ease of access: Very Easy
Highlight: Minakami's most popular Fox Canyon - grade-up version!
Tour level: 3
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Tour levels 4+ are available to repeaters
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Minakami
April - October
Fox Canyon

Fox is our most popular canyon and a perfect introduction to the excitement, thrills and adventures of canyoning for beginners. 

Location: Minakami
Ease of access: Very Easy
Highlight: A 20 meter waterfall slider!
Tour level: 2
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Tour levels 4+ are available to repeaters
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CANYONING AREAS

Just a short trip from Tokyo

Minakami

About 2 hours from Tokyo by car or 70mins by train, the town of Minakami is situated right on the banks of the mighty Tone River. The town is famous for its natural hot springs (onsens), and the majestic Tanigawa mountain range and 2 national parks. Canyons is located in prime position, nestled at the foot of the mountains with the river right outside. A great choice of canyoning and other adventures makes Minakami Japan's top adventure destination!
Best for those that want to explore deeper nature and multiple activities or combine with glamping and bbq's.

Okutama

Navigate your way down the upper reaches of the Tama River and experience amazing scenery, wildlife and culture. You won't believe that you're still in Tokyo! Two very beautiful canyons to choose from and package deals with other adventures.

Great for a short day trip for easy-moderate thrill seekers.

CANYONING FAQ

ALL THE DETAILS

What is Canyoning?

Canyoning is the sport of negotiating your way down canyons by employing various techniques including abseiling, jumping waterfalls and cliffs, cascading down natural chutes and water slides, swimming through crystal clear pools and using special rope systems, such as flying foxes. There is usually a small amount of hiking required to access most courses, but once in the canyon, nearly 80% of the time is spent in the water. For the best explanation of canyoning watch the Tour Videos.

Is canyoning dangerous?

A2. As with any adventure sport, canyoning involves an element of risk (riskier than sitting watching TV...) However, Canyons prides itself on using only highly professional experienced guides, and the highest quality safety equipment to control the risk element and provide you with a safe and positive canyoning experience.

I can't swim. Can I still go canyoning?

Definitely. Every participant wears a life-jacket which provides amply buoyancy. Our wet-suits also provides additional buoyancy so you not going to sink if you end up in the water and can't swim.

However, those who are afraid of water, or are likely to panic if they find themselves in the water, probably want to think twice.

How far in advance should I make a booking?

Pre-booking is necessary. The further in advance, the better. To be sure of securing a place on a weekend, it is best to book at least 2 weeks in advance, 3 weeks in advance for the summer period. It is possible that there will be places still left "on the day", but this is very rare so please pre-book so you do not miss out.

What should I bring canyoning?

Some swimwear and a towel is all you need. Canyons provide everything else that you need to take part in the tour (included in the tour price). However, you may want to bring other items that might be useful on the day such as sunscreen in the summer.

When is the best season for canyoning?

It is always a great time to go canyoning! There is no real best season for canyoning because unlike rafting it does not depend on a high volume of water. However, if you are after a more thrilling descent, May - July typically sees higher water flows. Canyoning tours operate daily from late April until mid October.

Other adventures

Okutama
March - November
Okutama Downriver Packraft Lv 2

This course is for those with paddling experience. Read the flow and paddle into some of the faster water to feel the exhilaration of packrafting.

Location: Okutama
Ease of access: Easy
Highlight: Head downriver in a single packraft
Tour level: 2
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Tour levels 4+ are available to repeaters
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Minakami
April - June
Spring Whitewater Full-Day Rafting

Full-day rafting can only operate during the high water flows in Spring season. This is 'THE' opportunity for an amazing full day rafting experience.

Location: Minakami
Ease of access: Easy
Highlight: World-class full-day whitewater rafting
Tour level: 3
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Tour levels 4+ are available to repeaters
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Minakami
July - October
Summer Half-Day Rafting

Summer rafting offers a different experience to the big rapids in the spring. Cool water, relaxation, and gorgeous mountain scenery.

Location: Minakami
Ease of access: Very Easy
Highlight: Floating in cool pools and jumping from the river bank into the refreshing waters
Tour level: 1
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Tour levels 4+ are available to repeaters
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Minakami
April - June
Spring Whitewater Half-Day Rafting

Mountain snow-melt floods the river in Spring. In Minakami we offer World-class whitewater rafting adventures.

Location: Minakami
Ease of access: Easy
Highlight: World-class whitewater rafting
Tour level: 2
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Tour levels 4+ are available to repeaters
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