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Iya Valley / Kyoto

Get the blood pumping with a rafting adventure through Japan’s Iya Valley. Travel deep into the mountains to discover a natural paradise filled with lush forests, vine bridges and crystalline rivers. Take to the waters by white water raft, enjoying the pristine landscapes from a different point of view. 

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Tour Highlights for Iya Valley White Water Rafting Adventure
Raft the Yoshino-gawa River

Raft the Yoshino-gawa River

Take a half day rafting adventure, passing through the Koboke Gorge and crossing Cross Four rapids.

Discover the Iya Valley

Discover the Iya Valley

Stay in one of Japan’s three ‘Hidden Valleys’, admiring the area’s pristine forests, misty gorges and vine bridges.

Get a taste of local culture

Get a taste of local culture

Stay in a ryokan, a traditional inn, and enjoy delicious, authentic meals as well as natural hot springs.

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Iya Valley White Water Rafting Adventure - 3 Days / 2 Nights

DAY 1 - Kyoto or Osaka – Iya ValleyMealsMEALS [D]

Exo TravelJR Kyoto Station or JR Shin-Osaka Station to JR Oboke Station (277-316km): approx. 2hrs 40mins

Located deep in the mountains on rural Shikoku Island, the Iya Valley is one of Japan’s Three Hidden Valleys. It is particularly famous for its vine bridges, stunning scenery, and exciting white water rafting.

Take the Shinkansen from Kyoto/Osaka to Okayama and then change to a Limited Express train to the picturesque and remote Iya Valley region on Shikoku.

A shuttle bus will provide transport to the Japanese-style hotel, overlooking the river. The room features shoji rice paper sliding doors and futon beds on tatami mat floors- the quintessential Japanese experience. The hotel also features natural hot spring onsen baths. Dinner tonight will be a Japanese-style multi-course kaiseki meal made with seasonal ingredients.

Overnight in Iya Valley

DAY 2 - Iya ValleyMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelStart (activity): 08:45 Duration: 7hrs 45mins *pickup time will depend on the location of your confirmed accommodation

This morning, the guide will provide transport from the hotel to the meeting point for the Koboke Gorge rafting experience.

The Koboke section stands above all other rafting trips offered in Japan and is the ultimate setting for white water rafting adventure. With challenging grade 4 rapids, breath-taking scenery and crystal-clear pools, the excursion has all the ingredients for an incredible river adventure. The actual rafting time will be around 4 hours, plus an included picnic lunch. Transport will be provided back to the hotel for the end of the day.

Another multi-course dinner will be waiting at the ryokan. Enjoy a rejuvenating, relaxing soak in the onsen- the perfect way to wind down after the action-packed day.

Overnight in Iya Valley

DAY 3 - Iya Valley – Kyoto or Osaka MealsMEALS [B]

After breakfast, the morning is at leisure until the scheduled transfer back to Kyoto/Osaka via train. 

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Our Services Include:

  • Hotel accommodation in twin room with daily breakfast (for ryokan, minshuku, and other traditional accommodation, rooms are Japanese-style with futon and meals are half board).
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Roundtrip train tickets from Kyoto Station or Shin-Osaka Station to Oboke Station (reserved seats, ordinary class).
  • Rafting experience with a certified English-speaking guide.

Our Services Do Not Include:

  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately).
  • Local transport other than mentioned above.
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature).
  • Travel insurance (please see below).
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.
  • Rafting season starts around mid-March and ends around mid-October. Please ask your Travel Consultant for more details.
  • The rafting might be cancelled in case of bad weather.
  • For safety reasons, some public transport may stop operating in case of unfavourable weather conditions.
  • Please inform your travel agent of any special dietary requirements that you may have.


  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation).
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 15:00 on arrival day till 10:00 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all of the above services and tours have yet to be booked. They are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the time of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.


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