Kyoto: Hozu River Rating Tour (Half Day)

Tomsawyer Adventures hosts Kyoto Hozu River Rafting Tour, in Kyoto. We welcome all guests from first time beginner to rafting goers! In rafting tour price it includes guide service fee, free gear rentals of life jacket (personal floating device, pfd), wetsuit, helmet, and paddle. Everything you need is all in the package! Visiting Kyoto alone or with family and friends? Join us! In summer we often get higher water-level that makes rafting even more thrilling and exciting. In cooler weather you can wear our wetsuit and jacket, you will not get chilly. Enjoy whitewater rafting in Kyoto with us.

Kyoto Hozu River HALF DAY Rafting Tour

Kyoto Hozu River Shino Area - JR Hozukyo Station
April to October
  • 09:00 - Morning Tour
  • 12:00 - Lunch time Tour *
  • 13:30 - Afternoon Tour
  • * Lunch Time Tour (12:00) is only available in April, May, June, October, and November.
Meet at:
Tomsawyer's Hozu River Base Site
April, May, June, October, November. July, August, September
Weekdays ¥5800yen ¥6300yen
Weekends, Holidays ¥6000yen ¥6500yen
Online Discount ¥500yen off / person
Group Discount(5 participants and more) ¥200yen off / person
Repeat Customers ¥300yen off / person
Tour Capacity:
Up to 80 guests, advance reservation only. Ask availability for by the day reservation

  Rafting Time Schedule

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 check-in you will change to river clothes in clean changing room, and walk three minutes to start point aside the Hozu River. There is a restroom available at our rafting base site, we suggest to use before changing to river clothes.

- Please Note -
PLEASE COME ON TIME, please 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.

09:30 / 12:30 / 14:00


For a most exciting rafting experience, before go in to the river, you will receive a tutorial of paddling (paddle training) and safety instructions.

10:00 / 13:00 / 14:30


There are about 20 rapids in various sizes on Kyoto Hozu River rafting. Rough rapids, Koayu-no-taki, Ohtakase and more are waiting for you. See Rafting Course Map

There are also still stream area you can float and swim, or rock jump into the river.

- Please Note -
If the water is dangerous condition for floating, swimming or rock jumping those activities will be skipped, or you do not have to do if you do not want, it is optional.

12:00 / 15:00 / 16:30


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


- Please Note -
Tour time may take more or less due to weather and river condition. Please give yourself enough time for your day schedule.

  BBQ Plan

BBQ Package Plan

For this plan tomsawyer staffs will arrange BBQ for you from lighting charcoal, food preparations to clean-ups. All you need is to have fun and grill & eat or drink. (drinks are not included, please bring your own)
¥3,000 yen / person

Rental Site BBQ Plan

For those outdoor masters, we have a plan for you. You can bring your own dutch ovens and enjoy cooking. This plan includes 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.
¥1,000 yen / person

TomSawyer Adventures Whitewater Rafting Course
Kyoto Hozu River