Water Activities to Enjoy in Japan

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Are you looking for adventurous water activities? There are plenty of interesting and exciting water activities to enjoy in Japan. As it is surrounded by ocean and lined with 32,000 rivers, streams and lakes, this island nation offers challenging activities to indulge. Some of the popular activities are listed below:

Canoeing and kayaking:

Canoeing and kayaking are very popular water activities among visitors. Each year, hundreds of visitors enjoy canoeing and kayaking on wilderness lakes and rivers. There are not so many rivers for canoeing in Japan, so you need to identify the rivers before planning canoeing. If you need to enjoy calm canoeing with your family, you need to choose Namato and Okutone lakes. As these lakes originate from several large dams, the river looks calm and safe for a canoe tour.

Experienced people can rent rafts, kayaks and canoes to enjoy canoeing. Usually, kayaking is performed on the Lake Biwa and Lake Aoki. If you need to indulge in challenging and adventurous kayaking, choose places nearby Hime River. Canoeing and kayaking activities lets you to witness the beauty of Kushiro Shitsugen National Park and Matsushima Bay. For sea kayaking, Shizuoka area is a well known destination.

Kayaking trip lasts just one day for beginners, while experienced people can enjoy kayaking for more than two days. During multi day tours, visitors can camp on islands.

Diving and Snorkeling:

For diving and snorkeling, southern islands of Okinawa, Ogasawara Islands and Izu Islands are popular destination. As these islands have crystal clear water and moderate climate, a large number of visitors enjoy diving and snorkeling. You can witness the beauty of underwater marine life and coral reefs, while diving and snorkeling in these destinations.

White water rafting:

Tone River is a best destination to enjoy white water rafting. Usually, white water rafting seasons lasts from April to October, so plan your visit accordingly to enjoy rafting. To get a challenging experience, try to visit during June when the river gets filled with water from rain spring melt.


As the waves are aggressive in some regions, you need to identify the best spots for surfing. Hokkaido, Sendai, Ibaraki, Chiba and Izu Islands are some well known spots for surfing.


Fishing is a popular water activity among visitors who indulge in fishing with their family. In its 32000 rivers, streams and lakes, you can enjoy bass, salmon and trout fishing. Due to construction of concrete river banks and dams, you might not be able to enjoy fishing in some rivers, so choose the best spots for fishing before planning your trip.

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To enjoy all the water activities, you need to visit Japan during the best season. The author has immense knowledge on Japan tour and has written many articles regarding places to visit Japan and Japanese destinations in the past.

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