Rafting Tour Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting
  • Swim together! Our friendship becomes nice.
    Swim together! Our friendship becomes nice.
  • We have a big smile!
    We have a big smile!
  • Hey, you guy! Don't release your rope.
    Hey, you guy! Don't release your rope.
  • Splash! So energetic!
    Splash! So energetic!
  • Can't stop from laughing!
    Can't stop from laughing!
  • Let's share our time in the great nature.
    Let's share our time in the great nature.
  • Be brave and gallant with smile!
    Be brave and gallant with smile!
  • Don't give up! Keep going!
    Don't give up! Keep going!

Introduction Kyoto Hozu Rafting

Kyoto Hozu River Rafting is one of the best rafting spots in West-Japan area.

Rafting Fee

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from the middle ten days of May to the middle ten days of October.
Prices start from
(including tax-10%)~
JPY7,389(excluding tax-10%)~
the charge after reservation discount on the website
including wet jacket,accident insurance and boxed lunch.

Meeting Time

  • start10:00 finish16:00
Finish time depend on the condition of the river.

Age Limit

Minimum age is 9, and under 12 must join with a parent or a guardian.

Rafting Fee(WEB Discount)

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Introduction Kyoto Rafting

Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting Tour Guide
Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting Tour Guide,
When saying rafting at West-Japan area, it's famous for Kyoto Hozu River Rafting. And we recommend you Full-day Rafting. Meeting place of Kyoto Hozu Rafting is 30 minutes train ride from Kyoto station. By car, easy to access from Kinki region( incl. Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara, Wakayama, Mie and Shiga prefectures). In the morning course, you spend your relaxing times in the beautiful scenery surrounded by nature there. [continued from here] After the lunch time, we go down the river one of the biggest torrents in Kyoto Hozu River. You feel exciting and thrilling with the big and wild torrents! We do some fun activities, swimming and jumping from the 3 meters high rocks. This enables us to keep rafting as safe as possible for the participants from all nationalities, while still allowing everyone to experience the fun of rafting.

Tour Schedule

Meeting at Kyoto Hozu Base♪

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 coin lockers and air conditioners in changing rooms. Also enough of free wet suit and variety of sizes(XS~4XL)
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Coin locker
Before the meeting time, you fill in the participation application form. And after that,change for the wet suit in the clean and comfortable room with air conditioners.
Safety instructions
After you changed, put on a life jacket and helmet.
From 100 centimeters of height,140 kilograms of weight being prepared.
It takes about 10 minutes to starting point by our passenger's bus.

Let's go rafting!

Rafting start
After practice of paddling, we will go down the river. Enjoy the greatest scenery from start to goal, 7 kilometers about 3 hours rafting, in the morning and afternoon.
One point advice
Enjoy the landscapes in nature!
Not only the torrents, the scenery in Kyoto Hozu River is great! We go the river through the Hozu valley. Please look at the beautiful scenery around.
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Let's board the boat
At first, rowing a boat practice. Of a BIGSMILE, friendly tour guides teach you it kind politeness gently.
Raise the paddle
Now, it's time to go down the river together! The Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting is being prepared a boat of at most 7 seats of basis.( sometimes prepared at most 9). We need to practice of High five! with paddles.
Let's get down
We will board a boat right away. It's the moment tension rises most.

Activities in the morning

In the morning, we do some activities. This picture is rafting, "Small Bridge no Se".
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Get off the boat and take a picture
A flow on a river is gentle in the morning. So we can try some activities.
Stone cut
We enjoy throwing stones in the Kyoto Hozu River.
River play
Jumping from the boat makes us refresh! Let's return to a childhood together!

Lunch time

lunch time1
Now, it is lunch time. Eat it up, and have more fun rafting.
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lunch time2
We have a lunch time at the middle point of the rafting course.

More exciting in the afternoon

Rafting smile
In the afternoon, there are a lot of torrents. Let's go down the river together!
One point advice
Not feeling well during rafting
Please tell the guide if you begin to feel worse. He will take care of you right away.
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Hozu River rafting torrent
Go down the torrent. Keep fastening the rope.
Rafting boat
We have a smile with our teamwork after rafting the torrents.
Rapid flow of Hozu River
"Kanage no Se""Koayu no Se""Otakase""ShiShi Kero",these big torrents make us exciting!

Activities, like jumping from the rocks

Jump moment
Jumping from the rocks( free-for- all) and do some more fun activities!
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Watering pictures
On the way to the goal point, we swim in the river.
Titanic game
Let'be Rose as into the role of "TITANIC".
Watering battle
When the other boats are approaching yours, Let's pour river water! Hang in there!
All of these activities are sometimes canceled by the condition of the river.

After finish rafting

It's a goal
When we go rafting all of rapids, it is the goal. We will go back to the meeting base by train. Finally, screenings of photographs taken today.
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It's a goal!
After the goal, you make a big smile, of course.
Hozukyo station
From the goal to the nearest train station, about 5 minutes walking and 4 minutes riding, go back to the meeting base(using train tickets we prepared).
Dissolution of rafting scenery
At the meeting base, we change into clothes and break up. If you have a time,please check some photographs we took you today.
HozuRiver full-day rafting daily update!
We update every day, the movement situations of the river

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
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We prepare for you



paddling jacket(on the left)

We have paddling jackets for windy and rainy weather for protect you from cold climate. You are not strong to the cold, you wear it.

wet suits(in the middle)

The wet suits, we prepared is made of neoprene material. You can enjoy rafting with this wet suit even in the cold weather. Enough to wet suit and variety of sizes(XS~4XL) But we don's have enough 4XL size, please contact us beforehand.

wet jacket(on the right)

In the cold day or you are not strong to the cold, we are ready wet jackets for you. There are a lot of situations idle at a river for a child, so the child wears a wet jacket for all seasons.




In the river, there are many rocks and drift wood. You need to wear a helmet to protect your head. We have various sizes.

life jacket

For your safety, you have to wear a life jacket one by one. Whenever you are not good at swimming, you can float on the water with the life jacket.


Paddles are an essential element of rafting. We row the boat with the paddle. We have a small size paddle for a child.

You need to bring yourself

necessary belongings

bathing suits

bathing suits

You wear your bathing suits under the wet suits. Underwear is substitute for bathing suits. the underwear get wet in the river water, bring your one more underwear for changing.


After the rafting, you use your towel in the changing room for dry your body. You don't bring it to the river.

Paid rented

shoes for rafting

shoes for rafting

Please bring your sport sandal or sneakers. CROCS are not good, because heels should be firmly fixed. You can rental our shoes for JPY300/ for each pair.

other belongings



Cause of reflection of ultraviolet rays is strong, it's very easy to get a tan in the river. You should bring sunscreen, waterproofing sunscreen is more good to protect you.

disposable contact lens

We don't recommend the type of hard contact lenses. Even if you wear soft contact lenses, contact lens often come off in the water. You can rent our goggles for JPY100/ for each. And also we are ready for you who wear glasses rent glasses band for JPY100/ for each.

Access to Kyoto Hozu Rafting

HozuRiver full-day rafting access map
Meeting Place
BIGSMILE Hozugawa base
direct phone line
ZIP-code:621- 0828
2-208- 8 Umahoriekimae, Shinocho, Kameoka-shi, Kyoto
  • By car
  • By train
  • HozuRiver full-day rafting access map Access 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.
  • HozuRiver full-day rafting access map Access 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.

FUll-day Rafting Course Map

Map of Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting

At the first torrent, we cannot stop laughing!!

Splash of Hozu River!
Kyoto Hozu River is one of the most famous rafting spots in West-Japan area. Whenever we get wet, it makes us exciting. Please enjoy best time when a bond with your sweetheart, friends and family deepens by all means.

Let's do some activities!

Not only big wave! Let's enjoy the whole Hozu river!!
You can jump into the river and swim at the point, if you want to. Why don't you take some pictures by fascinating pose?
Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting is possible to participate from 9 years old. You have a good time on your holiday with your friends and family. You can see beautiful scenery for each seasons. In the summer season, you can participate in rafting with T-shirt and short pants. Of course, we prepare for free wet suits for you, even cold river water. Even if you are not good at swimming, you are OK! Our tour guides explain safely tightly so that the Our tour guides explain safely tightly so that the one even beginners swim to be able to participate. And we prepare life jackets and helmets for safely. Come and Enjoy for your vacation by Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting.
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Info Inn Kyoto Hozu Area

Satoyama no Kyujitu Kyoto Keburikawa

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The Kyoto Keburikawa Hotel takes about 40 minutes by car from Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting.
This hotel has a farm in the same area, so you can eat fresh vegetables. At the restaurant of the hotel, they have high grade seasonable cuisine which is roasted in the "Ishigama", an originally designed stone oven.And they also have all-you- can- eat for lunch!
Their Hot Spa is famous from the pas by spa treatment. They make you relax, the best way to make you feel better.
Only a guest for the hotel, you can ride a free shuttle bus between the trolley train station,Torokko Umahori(takes 5 minutes walk from Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting Meeting base)and the hotel. The shuttle bus leaves at 16:30. After check-out, the shuttle bus leaves the hotel to JR Kameoka Station.
※ If you use the shuttle bus, you need to call to the hotel for reservation by the day before.
address : 1-1 Dorogabuchi, Hiramatsu, Honme-cho, Kameka-shi
direct phone :0771-26-2345
URL : https://www.kyoto-keburikawa.jp/

GRAX Kyoto Rurikei

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The hotel takes about 1 hour by car from Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting Meeting base.
There is an area for glamping( glamor and camping). You don't have to pitch a tent or build a fire in the latter case. You can enjoy camping with luxurious accommadations and comfortable amenities.
Not only for clamping, they also have Hot Spa. You can enjoy full-day.
The hotel is a very popular place, we recommend you early booking!
address : 1-14 Hirotani, Okawachi, Sonobe-cho, Nantan-shi, Kyoto
phone : 0771-65-5001
URL : http://www.grax.jp/

Info Cafe and Bakery


The cafe takes 5 minutes by car from Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting Meeting base.
This restaurant is Bistro Saboten's sister restaurant, so the taste is good and popular among locals.
They have some dessert and super-size lunch plate, good for instagrammable.
You can order lunch plate until 17:00, so you have it for early dinner after rafting.

Tuesday is closed
open 11:00-21:00
can park
address : 101 Ikanotsuji-minami, Nojo, Shino-cho, Kameoka
direct phone : 0771-22-8111

Bakery Ordinary Day

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The bakery takes 3 minutes walk from Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting Meeting base.
It is a good location for the guest by train, between JR Umahori Station and from Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting Meeting base.
They are famous for locals in Kameoka.
All bread is made about the selection ingredients, and is made politely.
They also have bread of limited edition during the each seasons.
We recommend you Danish pastry and rusk, made of seasonable ingredients.
They are good for souvenirs.
You can get free coffee, you buy bread.
They open at 7:00, it is nice tome for your breakfast.
You can eat bread at the bakery or near the park, next to Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting Meeting base.

Thursday is closed (the next day in case of a holiday), and irregular holiday(once a month on Wednesdays)
open : 7:00-18:00
can park
address : 2-5- 38 Umahori-ekimae, Shino-cho, Kameoka
direct phone : 0771-23-8117

Let's Enjoy Together

Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting is possible to participate from 9 years old. You have a good time on your holiday with your friends and family. The Full-day Rafting ends around 15:00. You don't mind the time if you have any schedules in the evening.It is good location from West-Japan area for your trip on weekends. BIGSMILE guide's divine protection and rafting is done happily ,because they know everything of the river. Japanese guides and Nepali's guides are also friendly.

About Kyoto Hozu River

Kyoto Hozu River
Hozu River is very old history river. From Asuka Period, this place of the Hozu River area was reclaimed. Hundreds of years are also from the front, we went down the river. It was not rafting for leisure. It was just done using a river to carry wood, rice and wheat. In Edo Period, the width of a river was expanded by Suminokura Ryoi. From then on, we raft the same course of Hozu river from ancient days.

Impressions of Kyoto Rafting

Rafting experience1
Nicknamed "Oimo-san" enjoyed Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting.
Rafting experience2
She was participated with her friends in the first ten days in June. It was chilly in the morning, we put on Nylon jacket on the wet suits.
Rafting experience3
This time, my son 9 years old participated together with us. The tour guide took notice of a child. So we could enjoy rafting.
Rafting experience4
In the morning course, we swum and floated with life jackets in the Kyoto Hozu river. The course was good choice for beginners and children. We had boxed lunch for lunch.
Rafting experience5
In the afternoon course, we went down the river and jump from the rocks. It was great and trilling experience for us. Thanks for the tour guide, we could enjoy rafting safely.
Rafting experience
I had a valuable experience with my son and friends. We got nice pictures and wonderful memories. Next time, I would like to try BIGSMILE Rafting in another river.

FAQ Kyoto Hozu Rafting

Q. How much length is Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting ?
We go down the river about 7 kilometers of distance for about 2 and a half hours. In the morning, we swim and float in the Kyoto Hozu River with life jackets. After the lunch time, we try to go down the river on lots of torrents. Not only rafting, we have a lot of points to swim and jump into the river from the rocks.
※It depends on the season or the condition of the river.
What time do we meet? What time should we arrive at the Kyoto Hozu Meeting base?
The meeting time of Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting is at 10:00. If you are OK, please arrive around 9:45, that is very kind of you. Before the meeting time, you fill in the participation application form. After that, at 10:00, we explain to you about today's schedule for rafting.
Q. Do you have a changing room?
Yes, we have changing rooms for the guest of rafting. You can change for the wet suit in the clean and comfortable room with air conditioners. There are coin lockers you can put all your valuables in there , so please go rafting without anything.
Q. Can I bring my water-proof camera to the river with me?
Basically, we go rafting without anything. It is up to you for bringing your water-proof camera, self-responsibility.
Q. Can you take pictures?
Yes, we can. Our tour guide take some pictures for the group on the same boat. You can see the pictures after the goal. If you like them, you can buy CD-R(JPY1990 with tax8%) for each one.
※CD-R doesn't work with DVD player

Comment from CEO

The president
There are three points I will recommend you Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting.
First, it is located near from Kyoto Station, only takes about 30 minutes by train.
And it takes 5 minutes by car from nearest Highway IC. to Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting Meeting base.
Second, they have the great landscapes.
You can also enjoy beautiful scenery, cherry blossoms in spring, refreshing fresh green in summer,colorful of leaves in autumn, and then morning mist in spring and autumn.
Maybe you want to come here on each seasons for see the beautiful scenery.
And the one more point is our staffs. You can meet unique guides at Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting. Let's have a great time by Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting.

Limits for Rafting

Age limits
Minimum age is 9, 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.
Handicapped person
There is dangerous risk in rafting. There are acceptance pros and cons by a case. Please consult us beforehand.
Kyoto Hozu Full-day Rafting