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  Kyoto: Hozu River Rating Tour (Half Day)

Tomsawyer Adventures hosts Kyoto Hozu River Rafting Tour, in Kyoto. We welcome all guests, from first time beginners to experienced rafting enthusiasts! The rafting tour fee includes the guide service fee, life jacket rental (personal floating device, PFD), wetsuit, helmet, and paddle. Everything you need is included in the package! Visiting Kyoto alone, or with family and friends? Join us! In the summer, we often get higher water-levels, making rafting even more thrilling and exciting. In cooler weather, you can wear our wetsuit and jacket to protect you from the cold. Come and enjoy whitewater rafting in Kyoto with Tom Sawyer Adventures!

Kyoto Hozu River HALF DAY Rafting Tour

Kyoto Hozu River Shino Area - JR Hozukyo Station
April to November
  • 09:00 - Morning Tour
  • 12:00 - Lunch time Tour *
  • 13:30 - Afternoon Tour
  • * Lunch Time Tour (12:00) is only available in Apr., May, Jun., Oct., and Nov.
Meet at:
Tomsawyer's Hozu River Base Site
Apr., May, Jun., Oct., Nov. Jul., Aug., Sep.
Season Low season Peak seazon
Price ¥6300yen
10% consumption tax will be added to the price.
Tour Capacity:
Up to 42 guests, advance reservation only. Ask availability for by the day reservation

  Rafting Time Schedule

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09:00 / 12:00 / 13:30

Meet at
TomSaywer's Hozu River Base Site

From Kyoto Station, it only takes about 30 minutes. Our base site is very close to both JR Umahori Station and Tram Kameoka Station, about 200 meters away. See Map

When you arrive, please check in. After checking-in, you will change into rafting gear in the changing room, and walk three minutes to the starting point aside the Hozu River. There is a restroom available at our rafting base site, we suggest using it before changing into the rafting gear.

- Please Note -
PLEASE COME ON TIME, do not be late. Especially on weekends and in holiday seasons, traffic gets very heavy in Kyoto, so please give yourself enough time for transportation.

safety instructions

09:30 / 12:30 / 14:00


For the most exciting rafting experience, before going into the river, the staff will provide paddle training and safety instructions.

rafting adventure starts

10:00 / 13:00 / 14:30


There are about 20 rapids of various sizes in the Kyoto Hozu River rafting course. Rough rapids, such as Koayu-no-taki and Ohtakase are waiting for you! See Rafting Course Map

jumping from high rock activity

There is also a still stream area where you can float and swim, or rock jump into the river.This activity is optional and may be skipped if you prefer.

- Please Note -
If the water conditions are dangerous for floating, swimming or rock jumping, those activities will be skipped.

hodu rafting course goal point

12:00 / 15:00 / 16:30

Reaching a Goal!

You will take a train back to our rafting base and change your clothes at the base. It is one stop, 4 minutes ride from JR Hozukyo station to JR Umahori Station.

12:30 / 15:30 / 17:00

Enjoy a rest after rafting.

- Please Note -
Tour end time may vary due to weather and river conditions. Please give yourself enough time for your day schedule, in the case that the tour ends later than expected.

  Option BBQ Plan

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BBQ Pack Plan

Tomsawyer staff will provide food and charcoal for BBQ, as well as clean-up services. All you need to do is to have fun, grill & eat! (Drinks are not included, please bring your own.)
¥3,850 yen~ / person

BBQ Site Rental

For those outdoor masters, we have a plan for you. You can bring your own Dutch ovens and enjoy cooking. This plan includes the BBQ site, chairs/table with sunshade, hand washing water, BBQ grill, and free rental bicycle for grocery shopping and restroom at the site. It does not include charcoal, plates, silverwares, BBQ tongs, or others expendable items.
¥1,500 yen / person

TomSawyer Adventures Whitewater Rafting Course
Kyoto Hozu River

kyoto hozu rating course map