Discover the Best Swimming and Water Activities Near Niseko

  • By Tsuyuki

Niseko, the renowned resort town nestled amidst Hokkaido's majestic peaks, is celebrated for its winter allure and majestic mountainous surrounds. However, as the seasons shift, Niseko unveils a hidden treasure trove; serene rivers and captivating beaches that offer a relaxing escape during the warmer months of summer in Japan. 

Whether you like to swim at the beach or get your heart racing in adventurous water sports, Niseko has everything you need for the perfect summer getaway.

Shiribetsu River

Flowing gracefully through the Niseko landscape, the Shiribetsu River paints a serene picture with its crystal-clear waters and picturesque surroundings. This scenic river invites visitors to indulge in a variety of water activities such as kayaking and rafting, providing an exhilarating and immersive experience amidst the region's natural splendour.

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Hone your paddle board skills whilst exploring the tranquil beauty of the areas' lakes, rivers and coastline.

A Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) is one of the wonderful ways to explore the water with your friends and family. Paddle down the crisp Shiribetsu River which is well-known as one of the cleanest rivers in Japan, as you enjoy the beautiful views of the river and the mountain ranges of Annupuri and Mount Yotei. With such an incredible backdrop, we challenge you to slow down and perfect your poise and balance in your headstand pose for the camera. Now that's one for the holiday album.

Photography: Niseko Tourism


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 springtime, 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.


For those looking for a real challenge, feel the full adrenaline-packed power of the river with a Ducky experience - a small inflatable boat that fits one or two persons. This amazing adventure allows you to navigate with your own kayak oar to steer through the river independently. Under their watchful eye, our experienced local guides will show you the necessary techniques and support to ensure you have an adventure of a lifetime.

River Kayaking

Enjoy a rejuvenating sense of freedom as you paddle along the Shiribetsu River on a specialised kayak. Enjoy some of the most amazing scenic views in Niseko whilst gliding through tranquil waters and taking in the crisp Niseko air. Beginners or first-timers will rest assured by our expert guides who will explain the correct techniques and safety features of the equipment, so you can quickly adapt to enjoy the tour.

Lake Toya

As one of Japan's most beautiful national parks, Shikotsu-Toya offers two magnificent lakes, Lake Shikotsu and Lake Toya. Perfect for a day trip from Setsu, Lake Toya is known for its exceptional water clarity and offers stand up paddleboarding, canoeing, and fishing. It's a haven for water sports enthusiasts seeking both adventure and tranquility. 

Suttsu Beach

Suttsu Beach, located within a short distance of Niseko, is a picturesque coastal gem renowned for its golden sands and inviting turquoise waters. With its tranquil atmosphere and breathtaking views of the Sea of Japan, Suttsu Beach offers visitors a serene and idyllic setting to relax, swim, and bask in the beauty of nature.

Shakotan Beach

Shakotan Beach, a hidden gem near Niseko, captivates with its rugged coastline and pristine azure waters. Nestled within Shakotan Peninsula, this breathtaking beach offers a mesmerizing backdrop of towering cliffs, creating a dramatic and awe-inspiring setting for beachgoers and nature enthusiasts alike.

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