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Kyoto Hozugawa family rafting

You can enjoy river rafting near Kyoto station.Ages 5 and up! From young children to seniors!

Rafting Fee

credit card available

Fee

Available from July to August.
2,980 JPY~(with tax)
Rafting tour guide fee, insurance fee, basic rental fee.

Time

  • usual season
  • start9:00 finish10:45
  • start11:30 finish13:15
Finish time depend on the condition of the river.

Age Limit

Minimum age is 5, and under 12 must join with a parent or a guardian.
Booking accept on the day
Booking accept on the day

Price(WEB discount price)

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Introduction to halfday rafting

Kyoto Hozu Halfday Rafting Tour Guide
River Guide
Kabe
Hozu Family River Rafting is one of the few spots where three generations from children as young as five years old to elderly people can enjoy our rafting. The family rafting course is a slow and gentle course on the Hozu River, so even small children and those with limited physical strength can enjoy the experience without being nervous. All of our guides are certified rescue technicians, so you can rest assured that you are in safe and secure hands. During the rafting, you can play games, swim in the river, and have fun in a way that you cannot experience on ordinary rivers!
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Rafting Schedule

Meeting


BIGSMILE Hozugawa base
Kyoto Hozu Base is located 30 minutes train ride from Kyoto station. And we have free parking lot for cars. There are enough of free wet suit and variety of sizes(XS~4XL)
Getting dressed
Before the meeting time, you fill in the rafting form. After that,change for the wet suit in the clean and comfortable room with A/C.
Safety instructions
After changing, put on your life jacket and helmet.The guide will check your equipment thoroughly, so don't worry.
Move
Now it is time to go to the starting point by our bus. Tour guides explain about safety in the bus.

Let's go rafting!


Rafting start
After practicing paddling with a guide, we will begin our descent down the river. 2 km course will take about 1.5 hours. Please enjoy the great nature!
One point advice
Even if you are a first time user, you don't have to worry!
Many of our guides are rescue certified, so you can rest assured that your children will have a safe and enjoyable rafting experience. We will give you a full safety briefing and practice before the rafting, so that both young children and first-time rafters can fully enjoy the experience.
Let's board the boat
Each boat can accommodate up to 9 people (children are counted as one person) and each boat is always manned by a rescue certified guide. After a thorough safety briefing, you will get on the boat and start rafting!
Rowing practice
The first step is to practice rowing. Please be assured that we will guide small children with kindness and care. Please ask anything you do not understand!
Let's get down
Grab a paddle and get started! Enjoy a real rafting experience! Don't worry if your child gets scared and stops paddling! Rafting is fun even if you are just on the boat.

Experience real rafting!


Torrent!
Real rafting with your children! Let's enjoy going down the river together. Even if they are a little awkward at first, they will get used to it. During the rafting, the guide will take a lot of pictures with the camera, so it will definitely be a memorable experience!
Challenge torrent
There is always one rescue-qualified guide on board to ensure a safe tour.
Koayu no Taki
Row the boat with everyone breathing together! Adults and children alike will join forces to float down the river!
Rapid flow of Hozugawa river
Let’s take some souvenir photos with our camera...with a Big Smile!

Authentic in water play and games! River play!


Dive from the rocky field
Please experience the unique river fun that you would not normally have, such as games and swimming in the river (free participation) along the way!
One point advice
Life jackets for peace of mind
Even if you cannot swim, you can float in the river with a life jacket.
Let's swim a lot
Swimming in the river at the swimming point♪ Floating in a life jacket is a very pleasant sensation♪ (free participation)
Rafting game
Children are happy to play in the river, which is something they cannot normally do.
Titanic game
Souvenir photo! Many photos will be taken by our guide in each boat. You can check the photos after rafting.

Goal - Arrival


It's a goal
After plenty of fun, you will arrive at the goal. Walk back to the meeting place. If you are lucky, you may see a Sagano Romantic Train! Please look forward to a screening of the many photos we took.
It's a goal!
After enjoying the great nature, they reached the goal! After a lot of fun, swimming, and rowing... the participants are all smiles with a sense of accomplishment after reaching the goal!
Hozukyo station
/> It takes about 5 minutes to walk from the goal to the meeting place. You may be able to see the trolley train if you time it right as you walk beside the trolley Kameoka Station!
Dissolution
After returning to the Hozugawa base (meeting place), you are free to change your clothes and disband. There will be a screening of photos taken by the guides, so please take as much time as you need.
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Why choose BIGSMILE?

Run by rescue professionals

safety
The company's president has the technical skills to teach river rescue to firefighters. Staff also receive regular rescue training to ensure safe tours.

Repeat customers with 50,000 participants

trust and result
Established in 1998, more than 20 years in operation. One of the largest in Japan, with six nationwide locations. Trusted by repeat customers and major travel agencies due to its reliability and track record, with approximately 50,000 customers using the service annually.

Polite and friendly customer service

Polite and friendly
From couples, groups of friends, young children and families, "I'm glad I came rafting!" The friendly service is highly rated by many Google reviews.

What you need?

Spring rafting clothes
Early summer rafting clothes
Summer rafting clothes
Winter early fall rafting clothes
Autumn rafting clothes
helmet, life jacket ,paddle and so on are prepared by BIGSMILE for free
It depends on the weather situation of the day, we prepare another wears.

You need to prepare for Kyoto Hozu Halfday Rafting

  • bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Shoes for rafting (It will get wet)

during summer sunny days (July to September) who don’t need wet suit

  • T-shirt and short pants

who wear glasses and contact lenses

  • glasses band goggles

Access to Kyoto Rafting

Access to Kyoto Hozu Halfday Rafting
Meeting Place
BIGSMILE Hozugawa base
direct phone line
090-5243-9787
Address
ZIP-code:621- 0828
2-208- 8 Umahoriekimae, Shinocho, Kameoka-shi, Kyoto
  • By car
  • By train
  • Access to Kyoto Hozu Halfday Rafting by car
    Osaka → (Meishin Highway) → Ohyamazaki JCT → (Kyoto Longitudinal Expressway) → Shino exit → 5 minutes on the general way → BIGSMILE Hozugawa base
    When it can't be set as a car navigation equipment, set 「Umahori eki( JR Umahori station)」、and then please check the map above-mentioned.
  • Access to Kyoto Hozu Halfday Rafting by train
    JR Kyoto Station → (JR Sagano Line) → Umahori Station → (5 minutes walk) → Kyoto Hozugawa base
    JR Sagano Line has 3 trains for one hour for averages. Please check the time table of trains.

Family Rafting Course Map

Map of Kyoto Hozu Family river Rafting

Smiles burst out on their first rafting trip!

Kanage no Se
Even children who were a little nervous at the beginning of their first rafting trip were all smiles by the middle of the trip! A great memory for the whole family!

Get in the water and swim or jump in!

Not only big wave! Let's enjoy the whole Hozu river!!
At the gentle part of the river, you are free to join in and play to your heart's content. Even those who cannot swim can enjoy themselves with peace of mind as they are fitted with life jackets.
This rafting course is suitable for children as young as 5 years old, as it takes you down one of the calmest courses on the Hozu River! Children will be thrilled by their first real rafting experience! The course has also received many reviews and positive comments for its fun and playful activities, such as swimming in the river along the way. We also provide safety equipment such as life jackets and helmets, as well as wetsuits and other clothing to suit the season. We are only 30 minutes away from Kyoto station, which is very accessible from the Kansai area. Please spend the most enjoyable holiday with Kyoto Hozugawa Rafting.
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FAQ Kyoto Hozu Rafting

Q. How long does it take from JR Kyoto Station?
It takes about 30 minutes by train. You should take a local train and get off at Umahori Station. And 5 minutes walking. Please look up "Kyoto Hozugawa rafting BIGSMILE" on Google Map.
Q. Is there a parking lot?
Yes, we have free parking lots for 30 cars( in the order of arrival). When it has already fulled, you can park a car in parking area with charge near JR Umahori Station.※If you come here on the sightseeing bus, can I have a contact beforehand?
Q. When a companion doesn't participate in rafting, is there a waiting place?
There is a river beach at the place to which you can walk from the meeting base, so you can play in water. In addition to, there is the horse cart near trolley train station(Wednesday is closed), and you can feed horses.

Participant's Voice

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HozuFamily
14 Reviews
(4.9)
Review
date : 2023-07-29
It went by in a flash and was a lot of fun! Thank you Tanini. Next time I want to challenge the advanced course!
HozuFamily rafting participant
Review
date : 2022-08-30
I was able to enjoy it with my family by devising it so that I could enjoy it with various games.
HozuFamily rafting participant
Review
date : 2022-08-27
I appreciate your kindness at this time. I had a great time with my family for the first time. I would also like to try the half-day course. Thank you very much to all the staff.
HozuFamily rafting participant
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Limits for Rafting

Age limits
Minimum age is 5, and under 12 must join with a parent or a guardian.
Health conditions
Participation is sometimes declined by the day's health.
Decline to accept for be drunk.
We decline a drunken person. And the case's repayment can't refund a fee.
During pregnancy
A pregnant woman can't participate in rafting.
An epileptic fit
Doctor's medical certificate is needed, mentioning of participation permission of rafting.

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