Kayaking & Other Watersports

Niseko's world famous snow phenomena lay the foundation for a dedicated and active watersports season.

Sea Kayaking

Weather aficionados will recognise that the proximity of the Sea of Japan a contributing factor to the copious snowfall during the winter, but it also allows for convenient day trips during the warmer months.

Sea kayaking near the Shakotan peninsula or Otaru Osyoro provides close access to beautiful shoreline areas normally inaccessible by foot. If you are lucky, you could witness rare nesting birds, sea creatures in their natural environment, and even have the opportunity to explore coastal caves and bays in low tide.

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CourseDatesDurationAgesGroup size
Otaru OsyoroEarly June - Late September3 hours7+ years2+

River Kayaking

Float and drift down picturesque stretches of Hokkaido's cleanest rivers in your very own NAC kayak. Stable and easy to paddle, river kayaking makes an excellent first experience for anyone starting out on the river. For veterans and experienced paddlers, intermediate and white water river kayaking tours are also available

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CourseDatesDurationAgesGroup size
ShiribetsuEarly June - Late October3.5 hours7+ years2+

River SUP

Stand Up Paddle (SUP) is the latest river adventure to hit the shores of the Shiribetsu. Popularised in Hawaii, the SUP boards are very stable and easy to stand up on, making them a fantastic way for beginners to explore.

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CourseDatesDurationAgesGroup size
River SUPEarly June - Late October3.5 hours7+ years2+

Ducky

Duckies are inflatable kayaks that are incredibly fun, nimble and exciting! Touring down the rapids, and then later in the year, exploring the same courses as the rafts in the summer months, there are multiple types of Ducky to choose from, including both single-rider and two-person shared boats; where you can paddle with friends or family, or even an instructor. 

Suitable for all skill levels, first-timers are welcome, and experienced guides will instruct and assist throughout your journey.

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CourseDatesDurationAgesGroup size
PeakEarly June - Early July3.5 hours13+ years2+
SummerEarly September - Early November3.5 hours6+ years2+

Canyoning

Perfect for the avid climber, hiker and freshwater swimmer, experience the thrill of descending steep canyons, jumping from waterfalls into pools below, and sliding down natural water features in your very own natural water park.

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CourseDatesDurationAgesGroup size
ShakotanEarly July - Late August4.5 hours16+ years3+

If you would like to know more about kayaking and other watersports, please contact the AYA Niseko team for more information.

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