Kayaking & Other Watersports

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

The local river, the Shiribetsu, is fairly gentle throughout the year, allowing for easy rafting, canoeing and fishing access. But between April and May, the spring melt flooding down from the ski resorts and local mountains swell the Shiribetsu into a torrential deluge—perfect for whitewater rafting and a host of other watersports.

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 Osyoro1st June - 30th September3 hours7+ years2+

Prices:
Adults: Around 6,000 JPY
Children (under 12s): Around 4,000 JPY
Seniors (over 60s): Around 5,000 JPY
(Prices include tax, gear rental, and insurance.)

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
Shiribetsu1st June - 31st October3.5 hours7+ years2+

Prices:
Adults: Around 6,000 JPY
Children (under 12s): Around 4,000 JPY
(Prices include tax, gear rental, and insurance.)

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 SUP1st June - 31st October3.5 hours7+ years2+

Prices:
Adults: Around 6,000 JPY
Children (under 12s): Around 4,000 JPY
(Prices include tax, gear rental, and insurance.)

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
Peak1st June - 8th July3.5 hours13+ years2+
Summer1st September - 5th November3.5 hours6+ years2+

Prices:
Adults: Around 6,000 JPY
Children (under 12s): Around 4,000 JPY
(Prices include tax, gear rental, and insurance.)

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
Shakotan8th July - 31st August4.5 hours16+ years3+

Price:
Adults: Around 8,000 JPY
(Prices include tax, gear rental, and insurance.)

If you are interested in rafting, sea kayaking, or canyoning while in Niseko, please contact a member of the AYA team for more information.

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