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Mogami River 最上川

Mogami River Cruise Mogami River Cruise
Mogami River Cruise Mogami River Cruise

Drift down a picturesque valley on the Mogami River, with singing boatmen as your guides

Few boat rides encapsulate the beauty of the Japanese countryside like a journey down the Mogami River, once northern Japan's economic lifeline to Kyoto. Complete with boatman singing traditional Japanese river songs.

How to Get There

It is accessible by train to JR Furukuchi Station.

From Tokyo to Shinjo Station via JR Tohoku-Yamagata Shinkansen Line it takes approximately 3.5 hours. From Shinjo Station, ride the Rikuu West Line west toward Amarume for 20 minutes and get off at JR Furukuchi Station.

Quick Facts

Known as the mother river of Yamagata Prefecture

One of Japan's three major rapids

Boat tours with singing boatman available

Be one with nature

Running through the entire prefecture of Yamagata, the Mogami River was once the region's economic lifeline, transporting safflower from Tohoku to Kyoto. The river remains one of the best spots to enjoy the scenic beauty of Yamagata .

Board a boat and be serenaded

Drift down the truly gorgeous Mogami River Valley by boat. The boatmen sing traditional river songs and can do it in several languages. Enjoy the hour-long cruise as you float by mountains, waterfalls and verdant scenery.

There is also a tour available that allows you to disembark from the boat at two separate locations to explore the wild charms of the valley.

The latest information may differ, so please check the official website

* The information on this page may be subject to change due to COVID-19.


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