Autumn Kayaking

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Overview

Kayaking in Okutama is the best way to check out the incredible colors of the autumn leaves as well as having a lot of fun! We will be kayaking on the Shiromaru section of the Tama river which is predominantly a gentle lake like section famous for its incredible green and clear waters. We will be doing a beginners course so its fine for first-timers.

Later in the day, a short hike along the riverside will get us to the local Sake Brewery where we can sample the great local sake and have lunch by the river. After relaxing at, and exploring the sake brewery and gardens, you can choose to head home or visit the local onsen.


The Plan

07:15:
Meet in front of Shinjuku Station South Exit (Minami Guchi). Pick up your train tickets from the TSC trip leader.
07:44:
Catch the JR train to Shiromaru Station (2200yen round trip ticket cost included in trip price)
09:45:
Arrive at Shiromaru Station in Okutama. Walk to the kayaking base centre.
10:00 ~ 13:00:
Kayaking in Okutama! Learn basic techiniques. Take in the beautiful Autumn colors. Relax on the river.
13:00~15:30:
Visit the beautiful riverside sake brewery. Lunch by the river. Sake tasting.
15:30 onwards:
Head to the local onsen (optional) before catching the train back to Shinjuku.

Past Trip Photos


Trip Reviews

I had a great time kayaking ! Scenery is amazing, very picturesque, the staff was friendly and helpful (plus tried their best with english). Lunch at Sake brewery is a wonderful experience, I was not aware of this place, and I think that it is a must see/taste in the Okutama neighbourhood! Big up to Ken-san who came with his super happy mood and help us all along ! 10/10 would recommend !

Thomas - 2021-11-16

It was amazing! Mr. Ken guided us and very hospitable.

Kath - 2021-12-01

Trip was close one but really nice! the tour guide was really supportive and easy-going and helped us to keep good momentum among all of us! Totally recommended!

Marco - 2022-03-05

Beautiful and relaxing experience out in Mitake, Okutama. No need to be a pro in kayaking. The guide and instructor were super patient with everyone. Overall, the trip was well organized with no delays. I appreciated the allowance of some flexibility for those who opted for different activities after the kayaking.

LC - 2022-11-01

I had a super wonderful time at the activities! Kayaking was very tiring but fun, in addition to all the sceneries surrounding the river, it felt so serene. Our guide, Keiji, was nice and caring for all of his guests. He's helpful, very informative, and patiently kept guiding me on how to paddle the Kayak properly. The lunch at the brewery after that alleviated all the weariness from kayaking. Small yet elegant place, the location is perfect for relaxing and enjoying nature while eating hot udon/soba and sipping the Sake. Had a great talk and laugh during the whole trip, big props to Keiji!!

AKS - 2022-11-14

It was a great day spent in the Okutama area! Overall the trip was very chill. We had enough time to do everything without feeling rushed; Kayaking, Lunch and Sake Tasting. With the format of the trip, it was also easy to get to know and talk with other people on the trip. Keiji was a great guide as always, very clear with instructions. Will back for another trip for sure :)

Jo - 2022-11-22

Even if you’ve never kayaked before it’s doable. They give you a run down on how to kayak and you’re pretty much free to kayak on the river and lake however way you want. The brewery was also a great place with a great view.

Sophia - 2022-11-22

The valley was in the middle of turning red and the sun was out. Interesting folk, amazing scenery, clear water, and later on, great food & drink downstream. Definitely recommended.

Aksaya - 2022-11-30