The Road to Japan's Best Kept SecretAdventure Expedition Route
Experience Shikoku’s deep natural landscape through fun adventures.
This route introduces you to exciting rafting on the Yoshino River, known worldwide and former host of the World Rafting Championship. It also includes two more of Japan’s most beautiful rivers for nature activities: canyoning and pack-rafting on the crystal clear Niyodo River, which is renowned for its clarity and stunning blue and green hues, and canoeing down the Shimanto River, Japan’s last free-flowing river.
Rie and Casey from Outdoor Japan
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Outdoor Japan’s Recommendations
Whether you're looking for extreme adventure or a leisurely outdoor trip, this water-based trip has something for every level! We were excited to try whitewater rafting on the Yoshino River, which arguably offers the most thrilling whitewater experience in Japan. The clear and tranquil Shimanto River is perfect for quiet camping, kayaking and relaxing. For something in between, canyoning and rafting on the Niyodo River offers an experience that's great for beginners and intermediates getting into the scene. Paired with great seafood (don't miss the katsuo-no-tataki, which is seared bonito) and scenic drives, this itinerary is perfect for couples and families with tweens and teenagers
Must-Visit Spots on this Route
Get on the Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka Station or Kyoto Station!
This is the beginning of the adventurous journey to Kochi.
Rafting on the Yoshino River
The Yoshino River, which flows from Kochi to Tokushima prefecture, is known as one of the largest rapids in Japan. It is a mecca for rafting lovers, having been the stage for the World Rafting Championships. Why don't you refresh yourself in this powerful canyon?
Kyoto / Shin-Osaka (Shinkansen)
→ Okayama (JR) → Oboke
Yoshino River rafting
Oboke (JR) → Kochi / Kochi stay
Canyoning on the Niyodo River, etc.
The Niyodo River has been repeatedly selected as one of the rivers with the best water quality by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. It is called "Niyodo Blue" for its exceptional clearness and beautiful blue color. You can have an extraordinary experience with canyoning and packrafting in the "Niyodo Blue," which boasts stunning canyon beauty and water clarity.
Kochi(Car rental) → Nakatsu Gorge
AM: Niyodo River Canyoning
PM: Niyodo River Packraft
Nakatsu Gorge (Car rental) → Shimanto City
Canoeing and SUP experience in Shimanto River
Known as the last clear stream in Japan. Enjoy various activities such as canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddling and camping.
Shimanto River canoe, SUP, etc.
Shimanto City (Car rental) → Kochi Station
Kochi Station(JR) → Okayama(Shinkansen) → Shin-Osaka / Kyoto