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Regions of Japan

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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Action & Adventure

Hakuba Canyoning 白馬 キャニオニング体験

Slip, zip, and slide a day away in the Northern Alps

A one-time host of the Winter Olympics, Nagano is famous for its winter sports. Yet summer is no less busy. Escape to upland Nagano when it turns steaming hot and cool down via canyoning, a one-of-a-kind adventure.

How to Get There

Canyoning sites are in Hakuba, which is easy to reach via Nagano City or Matsumoto.

From Tokyo, the fastest option is the Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Nagano, about 1 hour 45 minutes away, and transferring to a bus at Nagano Station bound for Hakuba, another 65 minutes.

The smoothest option is the daily Super Azusa train leaving from Shinjuku at 7:30 a.m., bound for Hakuba about 4 hours away. Otherwise, you can get an express train to Matsumoto and change for the local Oita Line, about 4 and a half hours in total.

Quick Facts

Canyoning is a sport also known as canyoneering (U.S.), kloofing (South-Africa), torrentismo (Italian), and barranquismo (Spanish)

The canyons in Hakuba are basalt, rock formed from rapidly cooled lava from volcanic activity

All-you-need-to-know about canyoning

Canyoning involves making your way down a rugged ravine and its river in a dramatic fashion: plunging down waterslide-like cascades, leaping from the canyon walls, ziplining into crystal clear pools. You may need to hike from time-to-time, but you spend most of the day on the rocks and in the water. All this takes place in a beautiful woodland setting in the Northern Alps.

An all-inclusive activity

Along with instruction in canyoning techniques, the organizers provide wetsuits, helmets, and other gear. For lots of whitewater and adrenaline, try to go in May and June when there's heavy meltwater from the mountains. Children and families tend to participate more frequently from July when the flow has slowed somewhat.

Canyoning hosts include Evergreen Outdoor Center and Hakuba Lion. Prices run about 8,000-9,000 yen, and in most cases, all you need to bring is a bathing suit, a towel, and a sense of adventure.

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