Rafting


Rafting is the most popular outdoor activity in Niseko. Jump into a rubber boat with your friends and challenge yourself to a 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 the adventure seekers with the large snow melt in spring time, through to lower graded tours that the whole family can enjoy in summer. Whether you are a first timer or an experienced outdoor sports fanatic, rafting is amazing fun and suitable for all ages.

Rafting

Dates of Operation April 29 - October 31, 2020
  • Duration: around 3 hours
  • Starting Times: AM (9:00AM~) or PM (1:30PM~)
  • For safety reasons, Spring course (snow meltwater streams) is only available for people aged 13 and above. If you come with children (age 3 - 12), we have Summer course available for you even during Spring.

 

Pricing​​​​Tour Schedule and What to Expect

Pricing

Adult (Age 13+) ¥5,900
Child (Age 3 - 12) ¥3,900
Private boat (Max 7 people) ¥41,300
  • Private boat :  Even in a group tour, you can have your own boat!
  • Above price is for 1-7 people on one boat.

Special Offers

All our customers can receive an onsen discount ticket upon request after the tour! 

  Adult (¥) Child (¥) Notes
Online Discount 4,700 3,100

Only available when you book online.

Family 11,800 (two adults + 1 child)

For every 2 adults (Age 13+), 1 child (Age 3 - 12) free.
* Cannot be used with Online Discount.

Returning Guest 4,200 3,000

Save a maximum of 30% every time you book another activity with us during 2020's summer season. (Applicable to different Hanazono's activities too!)
*Please inform us of your last reservation's name, date and what activities you booked.

  • May not be used in conjunction with other discounts.
  • Online booking is available until 5pm one day in advance. Please call us to check availability if you would like to book the tour on the same day.

Limited Time Offer!

  Adult (¥) Child (¥) Notes
Golden Week Special 4,200 3,000 Available from April 29 to May 10. 

Booking

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Inquiries & Booking

Tel: +81 0136-21-3333
Hours: 8:00AM 〜 6:00PM

Booking Required

  • Phone booking is available until 6pm one day in advance. 
  • If there is availability, participation on the same day is also possible. 

* Due to the amount of bookings, available spots can not be guaranteed if book on the same day. Advanced booking highly recommended.  

Kids Rafting

This rafting trip is the perfect combination of fun, adventure and safety for younger kids. Even children as young as three years of age can enjoy a safe and exciting journey with the whole family. 

Dates of Operation July 11 - September 6, 2020
  • Duration: around 2.5 hours
  • Starting Times: AM (9:00AM~) or PM (1:30PM~)

Pricing

Adult (Age 13+) ¥4,500
Child (Age 3 - 12) ¥3,400

Special Offers

  Adult (¥) Child (¥) Notes
Online Discount 3,600 2,700 Only available when you book online.
Returning Guest 3,100 2,400 Save a maximum of 30% every time you book another activity with us during 2020's summer season. (Applicable to different Hanazono's activities too!)
* Please inform us of your last reservation's name, date and what activities you booked.

Booking

We are currently working on the new booking widget...

We are currently developing a new booking widget for the 2020 summer season. Thank you for waiting and we will announce on this website once it's ready to book.

Inquiries & Booking

Tel: +81 0136-21-333
Hours: 8:00AM 〜 6:00PM

Booking Required

  • Phone booking is available until 6pm one day in advance. 
  • If there is availability, participation on the same day is also possible. 

* Due to the amount of bookings, available spots can not be guaranteed if book on the same day. Advanced booking highly recommended.  

Tour Schedule and What to Expect

Starting Times
AM START PM START

8:50am

1:20pm

* Please check-in at the main activities desk at HANAZONO 308

What to Wear

You may be wondering what to bring on your HANAZONO whitewater rafting adventure, and for good reason. You will be fitted out with a dry or wet suit but as we run rafting tours rain or shine you are likely to get wet, so it’s a good idea to be prepared no matter what kind of river tour you have planned. 
We recommend that you wear loose fitting clothes, avoid skirts, jeans and any material that does not stretch. 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 – late August) and a long sleeved shirt and long pants in Spring and Autumn.
  • Glasses - If you wear glasses, we can provide you with a string so you don’t lose them on the river.
  • Contact lenses - Please either change to glasses or only wear disposable contact lenses. You may also wear goggles over you contact lenses.
  • Watches/Jewelry - Please remove all watches, jewelry before you arrive.
  • Shoes - You will be fitted out with river booties for your trip, there is no need for socks.

What to Bring

  • A full change of clothes & a towel - You will get wet!
  • Cameras & electronic devices - Please do not bring any cameras, electronic devices with you on the river. We have professional photographers that will take action shots of you tour. Photo CD’s are available for purchase for ¥2,000.
  • Other Valuables - When bringing any valuables please remember to store them in the lockers provided

Getting Fitted Out

Once you are ready, our guides will instruct you on how to get fitted out. Below is the standard for the majority of our river trips.

​​out fit for hanazono rafting tour

① Helmet
Protect your head from impact.

② Life jacket
It has strong buoyancy and you will not drown even if you fall off the boat.

③ Drysuit
Tethered type waterproof suit. The wrists, ankles, and neck are made of thin rubber, and the zipper around the body is waterproof. However, since it is not tailor-made, it may be flooded due to the individual body's differences or too much movement.

④ River shoes
Shoes made of the same materials as wetsuits. They have a mechanism that keeps your foot warm even when they're wet.

NOTE:

Guests under the influence of alcohol may not participate on river tours.

Pregnant customers may not join the river tours. 

In order to prevent accidents, except for rafting equipment, we do not allow guests to take personal belongings like camera, mobile phone, etc. during the tour. 

When is the best time for Rafting?

SPRING - Late April - late May (Adults only)
In late April meters of winter snow begin to melt, creeks spring to life, rivers swell... Spring unfolds in an extravagance of budding trees, new life, and wildflower splendor. The snowmelt causes the river to swell to more than 3-4 times its normal volume, with grade four rapid sections through rocky chutes and occasionally open, calmer sections where you can catch your breath and soak in the beautiful natural surroundings. The Spring course starts near Hirafu Station and finishes 12km downstream at Niseko Station.

SUMMER - Early June - Middle September
In June, when the run-off from the mountains has eased, the rafting course moves to Kyougoku, a less challenging but beautiful 8km gentle ride into Kutchan town. This course offers grade 2 rapids and is particularly recommended for families and first-timers. The river widens out in places, along the way you will stop to dive, play or just relax in the natural environment.

AUTUMN - Late September - Late October
Held at the Kyougoku course, this tour is also recommended for families and first-timers. Enjoy the spectacular display from the river of changing colours to the lush landscape as you gently drift your way down the Shiribetsu River.

Inquiries & Booking

Inquiries & Booking

Tel: +81 0136-21-333
Hours: 8:00AM 〜 6:00PM

Booking Required

  • Phone booking is available until 6pm one day in advance. 
  • If there is availability, participation on the same day is also possible. 

* Due to the amount of bookings, available spots can not be guaranteed if book on the same day. Advanced booking highly recommended.  

Cancellation Policy

Please be aware the following cancellation policy applies to bookings:

  • Cancellations received 2 days prior to the booking will incur no cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations received 1 day prior to the booking will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations received on the day of the tour will incur a full 100% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations caused by inclement weather, flight and public transport delays etc will incur no cancellation fee.