A day trip to the cool mountain village of Nagatoro for some traditional wooden boat rafting and to check out the incredible Shibazakura Festival.

This Trip Features:

  • Wooden boat rafting through scenic gorge
  • Sightseeing traditional riverside mountain village
  • Chichibu Shibazakura Festival
  • Peak time for ground cherry blossoms

Nagatoro is a small mountain village located in Chichibu. The Arakawa river which flows through the town is excellent for whitewater rafting, of the ordinary kind, but visitors can also experience a more traditional wooden boat style of rafting as well. The traditional rafting involves boarding a wooded boat controlled a driver with a long wooden pole. The boat then cruises, mostly peacefully, down the river, giving you ample opportunity to take in the incredible scenery.

The Shibazakura Festival is essentially a 16500 sq metres carpet of flowers! Predominantly pink and resembling the famous cherry blossoms, these flowers are an incredible sight, spread out over so much of the park and presented so perfectly in various shapes and images. Definitely one of the most photogenic festivals in Japan!! The festival also features the usual variety of food and drink stalls and other entertainment.


2017 Apr 23 (Sunday)

  • 8:00am ~ 10:00am Meet in Shinjuku. Get on the bus. Depart Shinjuku. Stop for a rest/snack break along the way.
  • 10:00 ~ 14:00 Wooden boat rafting in Nagatoro. Sightseeing. Picnic by the river overlooking the gorge.
  • 14:00 ~ 16:00 Visit the Shibazakura Festival. Remember your cameras!
  • 16:00 ~ 18:30 Bus back to Shinjuku. Dinner/rest stop along the way.

Price and Booking

¥ 9,800 per person


  • Chichibu, Saitama
  • Culture
  • 10 hours
  • Apr 6th
  • Average
  • Moderate
  • 8:00
  • Shinjuku

What's Included

Round trip private bus from Shinjuku ~ Nagatoro & Chichibu
Traditional wooden boat rafting through the Nagatoro Gorge
Entry to the Chichibu Shibazakura Festival & parklands
All required shuttle buses throughout the day
English & Japanese speaking trip leader
A fun day out in the mountains of Chichibu!



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