Go Rafting on the White Water Rapids of Champions!

Ride the Rapids of Champions

This past October, the Miyoshi City gateway to the Yoshino River in western Tokushima Prefecture hosted the 2017 World Rafting Championships.

With its fast-moving torrents and scenic setting, Yoshino ranks as one of Japan’s three great rapids rivers and is a popular destination among rafting devotees.

In the sport of white water rafting, four to six competitors navigate a rubber raft down the rapids of a river in the fastest time possible. 2017’s competition on the Yoshino welcomed 71 teams from 22 countries, for a total of 521 participants. Four different events took place over four days, including a slalom course and a long-distance downriver challenge. The cumulative score from the events determines the championship team. In 2017, that honor went to the Brazilian men’s team and Japanese women’s team.

Enjoy the Natural Beauty of Yoshino River Rafting

Aside from hosting this year’s world championships, Yoshino River is also a popular recreational rafting site for families and overseas visitors, with guidance provided in English.

Tours are available in the championship rafting areas of Oboke and the particularly challenging Koboke rapids. There are half-day and full day tours which run from late March to mid-November. The full day course takes rafters down the Koboke rapids, while the calmer waters of the half-day course are aimed at beginners. Both options take you through magnificent natural settings. And there are tours with guidance provided in English. Book a thrilling white water adventure today in the great outdoors!

Yoshino River Rafting Tours

The mountain village of Tougenkyo-Iya
The mountain village of Tougenkyo-Iya

Amidst the abundant nature of the Yoshino River basin and surrounding region, visitors can also enjoy mountain climbing, hiking, and hot springs. Renovated traditional Japanese houses offer guests a one-of-a-kind accommodation experience.

Interior of Chiiori House
Interior of Chiiori House
Scenery of Oboke
Scenery of Oboke