In ancient times, waraji (Japanese traditional sandals made of rice straw) were worn to travel across remote areas deep in the mountains. Walking across clear streams with straw-covered shoes is a special experience that is worth a try.
Walking through the pristine waters that flow from the expansive beech forest in the Shirakami Sanchi, a World Natural Heritage Site, is a one-of-a-kind experience. Here, you are unlikely to encounter other people—but you may come across birds, fish, wild animals, and the remains of a forest railroad from long ago. You will be accompanied by a guide, so there is nothing to fear even if you are a first-time river walker. After meeting up at the Shirakami-Sanchi World Heritage Conservation Center (Fujisato-kan), we will move to the location in a vehicle. The river is crystal-clear and transparent to the bottom. You can swim in it if it is warm out. We will have lunch (included in the tour price) on the banks of the river. Enjoy a full day surrounded by untouched nature with your entire body.
Please bring shoes for river walking (or sneakers that you do not mind getting completely wet. Sneakers will be wrapped in straw so that you do not slip on the slippery river bottom while walking) and a change of clothes. This activity is available in summer.
- ■4 or more people:
If you would like to walk in jika-tabi (split-toe cloth footwear with rubber soles) which were worn by people of old in Shirakami-Sanchi, an additional ¥5,000 will be charged per pair (please tell us your shoe size. The jika-tabi can be taken home with you after the tour).
*We will move to the location by car. Please inquire if you do not have a vehicle.
- Opening Times
- 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Year-end and New Year Holidays
- 6 - 8 hours
(Varies by area)
- COVID-19 Prevention Measures: Limiting or guiding visitors, providing hand sanitizing equipment, wearing masks, ventilating indoor spaces, performing temperature checks, disinfecting used areas, etc.
- Akita Shirakami Guide Association
- Telephone Number