Immerse yourself in the great outdoors! Take a scenic cruise on Toyohira River, a tributary of the Ishikari River that flows through Hokkaido’s beautiful Sapporo City. You’ll ride a canoe that’s designed to glide smoothly over tranquil waters, giving you moments to pause, reflect, and admire the surrounding forests. This tour combines active movement and relaxed fun into one sightseeing excursion, making for unforgettable memories.
Begin your tour by meeting your group at Ashi no Fureai Taro-no-yu (Footbath for Friendship), a public footbath facility in the Jozankei Onsen area. From there, depending on the group size, you’ll either walk or drive to the starting point for the canoeing activity. On the banks of Toyohira River, you’ll wear your life jacket. Your guide will brief you on canoeing, how to safely navigate the waters, and other important information. Then, get in your canoe and set off toward Toyohira River’s scenic spots!
Paddle up Toyohira River, which flows through a valley’s colossal, forested walls. These towering walls are so magnificently massive that they make you feel so touchingly small. Covered in lush vegetation, the valley’s forests transform from verdant green in spring and summer to bright red and orange in autumn. No matter when you visit, you’ll have postcard-worthy sights ready to be admired. Wonderful views wait ahead, so keep paddling!
Toyohira River’s gentle waters are perfect for beginners and children. You can even enjoy this tour with your dog! The river hardly has any flow, and even if it picks up slight currents, you’ll be safe and sound in your canoe, which not only glides quickly, but also holds its course well with only minimal paddling effort. You’ll be able to relax while exploring!
As you cruise along the pristine river waters, savor the atmosphere and the views that you’d be hard-pressed to find in the city. Revel in the ambient sounds of rustling leaves, the whispering breeze, chirping birds, streaming water, and the sound of your paddle gently hitting the water. Fill your lungs with the crisp, refreshing forest air, and let nature do what it does best: help you appreciate the world a little better.
Circle back and paddle downstream, back to your starting point. After taking off your life jacket, head back to Ashi no Fureai Taro-no-yu.
This tour is available July 1–October 31, daily
Three available start times: 09:45, 11:45, and 13:45
Toyohira River Canoeing Experience
Adult: 13 years old and above
Child: 6 to 12 years old
Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.
Toyohira River, Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Meeting point: Ashi no Fureai Taro-no-yu (Footbath for Friendship)