Rafting

Rafting is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Niseko. Challenge yourself on an unforgettable trip down one of Hokkaido's most beautiful rivers, the Shiribetsu river. Along with your fellow crew and experienced guide, you will enjoy the thrills and excitement of rafting on whitewater. Based on the season, Hokkaido Rivers offer rafting trips suited to both adventure seekers with the large snowmelt in the spring time, through to lower graded tours that the whole family can enjoy in the summertime. Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced outdoor sports fanatic, rafting is amazing fun and a must-try experience for those enjoying Niseko's green season.

Rafting is a family activity suitable for all ages 4 years and above. For groups with kids between 3-4 years of age, why not consider a special Kids Rafting experience.

Important Information
Regular Rafting Course
Dates of Operation 29th April to 30th October 2022
Duration 3 hours
Starting Times 09:00 or 13:30
Price ¥5,900 (13 years and above)
¥3,900 (4 to 12 years)
Kids Rafting

This rafting trip is the perfect combination of fun, adventure, and safety for younger kids. The course for this tour has a gentle river flow, so even children as young as three years old can enjoy a safe and exciting journey with the whole family. Your kids will love to observe nature and play in the river besides rafting. There are plenty of features that will keep them happy and engaged in water activities.

Dates of Operation 9th July to 4th September 2022
Duration 2.5 hours
Starting Times 09:00 or 13:30
Price ¥4,500 (13 years and above)
¥3,400 (3 to 12 years)

Other Information

This service is exclusive to Setsu Niseko guests.

Bookings must be made at least 2 days in advance of the tour.

Guest under the influence of alcohol and pregnant guests may not participate in the activities.

Cancellation within specific time frame before booking commencement will incur cancellation fees as below:
The day before: 50% cancellation fees
On the day: 100% cancellation fees
Cancellation includes changes that reduce the overall value of the booking and no shows.
No cancellation fee will be charged if the tour is cancelled due to bad weather conditions.

What do I need to bring for the river tours?

  • A full change of clothes and a towel as you will get wet.
  • Please do not bring any cameras or electronic devices on the river. There are professional photographers that will take action shots of your tour. Photo CDs are available for purchase for ¥2,000.
  • Any valuables can be stored in the lockers provided.

What should I wear for the river tours?

You will be fitted out with a dry or wet suit but as rafting tours are held either rain or shine you are likely to get wet, so it is a good idea to be prepared no matter what kind of river tour you have planned.
We recommend that you wear loose fitting clothes and avoid skirts, jeans and any non-stretchable material. Please also keep in mind the river water can remain cold throughout the year so please ensure you bring an extra layer of clothing.

  • Clothing: We recommend a short-sleeved shirt and shorts in mid summer (mid July to late August) and a long sleeved shirt and long pants in spring and autumn.
  • On hot days, you may feel too hot in a dry suit, so you may wear clothes that you do not mind getting wet.
  • Glasses: If you wear glasses, we can provide you with a earwear attachment so you do not lose your glasses on the river.
  • Contact lenses: If you are wearing contact lenses, please change to disposable ones or change to glasses. You may also wear goggles over your contact lenses.
  • Watches or Jewellery: Please remove all watches and jewellery before the tour starts.
  • Shoes: You will be fitted out with river boots for your tour.