White water rafting in one of the world's famous river rapids and experience the beauty of this natural valley!

White water rafting in one of the world's famous river rapids and experience the beauty of this natural valley!

25 Feb 2020

This heavenly beautiful natural Oboke/Iya area is famous for its emerald green “Iya river” which flows into the deep “Iya valley”, here you will find “Iya Road”, which was selected in the Michelin Green Guide. Marvel at the “Kazura Bridge”, one of Japan's three most unique bridges. This area is well known for outdoor activities such as rafting and canoeing in the white water rapids of Yoshino river.

Yoshino River Rafting, the world’s best Whitewater experience in Japan
Its rapids are world class, it was the site of the Rafting World Championships 2017. The emerald green surface of the river and the crystal clear water allows you to see with beautiful clarity to the bottom of river, it is famous to many rafting enthusiasts. It's one of the best white water rafting spots in the world, and it's also the birthplace of rafting tours in Japan. There are many plans available for beginners to try.

Each company has a different rafting plan with different courses.
In general, the long course, which takes 5-6 hours, costs about 10,000-14,000yen, and the short course takes 3-4 hours, costs about 7,000-12,000yen.
The price varies depending on the time of year.
Please check here for the list of the companies.
https://miyoshi-tourism.jp/en/rafting/
Rafting tours with pick-up and drop-off service from Osaka, Hyogo are also available. The price varies from company to company, but plans start from about 15,000yen (about 20,000yen for late night and early morning departures).

Be sure to check the size of your helmet and life jacket. The guide will be with you so listen carefully to the instructions on how to row and other safety advice.
Once you get on the raft, follow the rhythm set by the guide. You’ll need to stay focused on the task for your own safety. Some rafting plans have a rocky diving competition along the way.
The end of the rafting journey comes to a crashing finale as we go through the final rapids. Once you try white water rafting you’ll be hooked!

The geo-art - created by 200 million years of time.
Oboke and Koboke is a large valley of about 8km in length along the Yoshino River, a torrent flowing through a steep V-shape. It is said that the name was given to it because it means that it is dangerous to walk with either large or small step.
The rock formations, which can be seen up close, were created deep in the ocean floor 200 million to 100 million years ago and were accidentally brought to the surface by uplift and erosion by the Yoshino River. It is a wonderful natural landscape where strange sculpture-like rock formations and the beauty of the ravines in each season are fused together.
There is also a sightseeing boat to enjoy a close up view of Yoshino River.

The geo-art - created by 200 million years of time.
Oboke and Koboke is a large valley of about 8km in length along the Yoshino River, a torrent flowing through a steep V-shape. It is said that the name was given to it because it means that it is dangerous to walk with either large or small step.
The rock formations, which can be seen up close, were created deep in the ocean floor 200 million to 100 million years ago and were accidentally brought to the surface by uplift and erosion by the Yoshino River. It is a wonderful natural landscape where strange sculpture-like rock formations and the beauty of the ravines in each season are fused together.
There is also a sightseeing boat to enjoy a close up view of Yoshino River.

Japan's three most unusual bridges, the Kazura bridge.
One of Japan's three most unique bridges. It is said that the bridge was built using a plant called “Kazura” (bower actinidia) so that it could be cut off at any time to escape from pursuers. It is 45 meters long and 14 meters above the water's surface, it is rebuilt every three years. The Kazura bridge and surrounding forest is breathtakingly beautiful throughout all seasons of the year.
Also, from 19:00 to 21:30 at night, the the Kazura bridge and the Biwa Waterfall are illuminated at night, which is a beautiful contrast from the daytime view.

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