Kayaking in Okutama

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Overview

Kayaking is a leisurely and fun way to explore the area and take in the beautiful leafy green surroundings. 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.

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 the Okutama area. Walk to the kayaking base centre.
10:00 ~ 13:00:
Kayaking in Okutama! Learn basic techiniques. Take in the beautiful lush green surroundings. 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.

Trip Reviews

The kayaking trip in Okutama was very fun. Our guide was cheerful and friendly. Even though we were a big group, she led us with confidence and interacted with everyone. She also easily translated what the kayak guide was saying. It was raining on the day, so we were worried that the event wouldn't happen or that we wouldn't have fun if we went, but everyone in the group had a really good attitude, and we all played around in the kayaks, laughing together, despite the weather. The visit to the sake tasting area was the icing on the cake. By that time, it has stopped raining, and we were free to spend a leisurely time sipping sake and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. I definitely recommend this trip to anyone looking to have some fun outdoors and meet new people.

Kristin - 2021-10-19

This was a fun trip even when there was light rain. Definitely something I would do again.

- 2021-12-06

I had a lot of fun: the guide was very nice and accommodating. The activity was well organised and even if it was a bit cold, once we started having fun I did not mind it at all. I'm definitely going again!

asd_asd - 2022-04-19

It was amazing weekend to had great experience for the first time Kayaking at Okutama with TSC! The registration and directions to the spot are clear and full in English (Foreigners friendly) haha. Our tour leader also great, friendly and informative to give us an instruction and recommendation activities after the kayaking. We did sake testing and swimming also chills at Tama riverside. Must try for you who just come to Japan and anyone who just getting bored with jobs, school and wants to get a new friends while doing some fun activities ! 5/5

Deri - 2022-06-27

Chilled out, relaxed trip in Okutama. The instructor made sure everyone was able to have fun & enjoy their kayaking experience in mother nature. They also brought along water proof camera to take photos of everyone.

Kaju - 2022-08-10

The Kayaking experience in Okutama was superb - beautiful mountains, pristine waters and with a bunch of great people. The instructors taught us the basics but once we got hold of it, we were able to venture around nicely. They even took photos for us with the scenic backdrop of Okutama! The sake brewery afterwards was also great idea to unwind a little over food & drinks - I was even given an "Ochoko" (cup for Sake) as a souvenir.

TheMadNomad - 2022-08-17

The trip was so fun. Definitely must try. Great tour guide. Very awesome.

Erin - 2022-09-13

Very beautiful and peaceful place for kayaking. It's perfect for beginners and to take photos of nature and people you came with. Very nice experience ! I recommend it.

Thomas - 2022-10-27

Kayaking on Okutama is one of the coolest things I've done around Tokyo. Sunny weather, blue waters, and battling to keep the kayak straight, esp. in parts of the river where the stream gets stronger. Awesome! Can't recommend this enough.

Aksaya - 2022-10-28

it was a very nice trip. really enjoying with new friends and guides. logistic supports were enough. It's the best place for autumn kayaking and natural beauty.

OPU - 2022-11-03