A fun day in Okutama! Kayaking through the beautiful upper reaches of the Tama river followed by a visit to a riverside sake brewery.
Trip took place: May 28th (Sun), 2023.
Had a great time on the trip! We started reasonably early from Shinjuku but this helped avoid crowds and have a comfortable train journey. The sake brewery was an unexpected delight - really lovely setting, good and well priced food and of course a great selection of good quality sake. I enjoyed the group we were with - a pretty diverse crowd, easy to make new friends. KG, our guide, made sure the whole adventure went smoothly and had just the right friendly attitude. Kayaking was fun and definitely for beginners - no strong currents, clear and calm water. The instructors spoke mostly Japanese but our guide translated everything perfectly. We went a bit upstream and then downstream, all under close supervision. The kayaks were a little difficult to control but not a big deal overall. The group was about 20 people but it did not feel crowded neither on the water nor during transport or lunch.
Aga / Kayaking in Okutama / 2023-05-29