Wildlife Tours

Kushiro River Headwaters Canoe Tour

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Paddle down the tranquil Kushiro River and observe wildlife along the riverbank

The Kushiro River is a pristine waterway that flows to the Pacific Ocean from Lake Kussharo, the world’s second-largest caldera lake. Forested wetlands flank this gentle, crystal clear river, and the area teems with birdlife.

A relaxing canoe trip down the Kushiro River provides exceptional views of the beautiful natural environment of Akan-Mashu National Park and an opportunity to spot wildlife. Catch glimpses of Japanese deer that come to the river to drink, and spot birds such as wagtails, mandarin ducks, common mergansers, kingfishers and white-tailed eagles.

Canoe tours operate year-round, so you can enjoy the natural scenery of all four seasons. From June to September, search for Japanese dace and other creatures in the transparent water. You will have the chance to get out of the canoe and walk along the riverbank around this time of year. The river does not freeze over in winter, providing a rare opportunity to canoe through snowy landscapes, with frost-covered trees against bright blue skies.

There are three tour options to choose from, and experienced local guides navigate the canoe, so beginners and people of all ages can participate.

wildlife tour   activity   snowshoeing   guided   canoeing  
Available All year
Duration 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
Note No age limit. For winter canoe trips, only those over 100 centimeters tall may participate.
Option 1 Kushiro River Headwaters Short Tour (May to October) Adults: 5,000 yen, children under 18 years: 2,500
Option 2 Search for River Creatures and Canoe Tour (June to September) Adults: 7,000 yen, children under 18 years: 3,500
Option 3 Kushiro River Headwaters Winter Canoe Tour (November to March) Adults: 6,000 yen, children under 18 years: 3,000
Contact Kussharo Eco Tours
Phone (+81) 015-483-3987
Website http://kussharo-eco.com/?page_id=151 (JP)

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