Water Crossroads Lake Nojiri Historia Trekking & kayaking with the guide legend, Yoshi

2 days 1 night

Mid-May ~ Early-November

Price: ¥ 63,000 above
(tax included)

Guided / Self-guided

Start / Finish
Niigata / Niigata

2 days 1 night

Activity Level

Technical Level


Visitors to Lake Nojiri, located in the Myoko-Togakushi Renzan National Park, are rewarded with beautiful views of Mt. Kurohime, Mt. Myoko, Mt. Madarao, and almost fifty large and small capes and coves around its circumference. This area is the site where the fossilised remains of “Naumann’s elephants” were discovered – an archaeological dig that uncovered the hunting grounds of local inhabitants from 40,000 years ago.

Since ancient times, the lake has been the source of the “blessing of water” to animals and farmers of the area. On this “blessing of water” kayaking tour of Nojiri, you will be guided by an experienced legend in the Japanese outdoor community – Yoshi – who has lived in the area for about 50 years. On Day 1 of this action-packed tour, participants can enjoy walking around this area of natural beauty, seeing the satoyama areas of Lake Nojiri, and visiting historical locations such as water-worshipping sites, rural dwellings, and irrigation canals dating back to the 1600s.

The kayaking activity on Day 2 includes a visit to an island on the lake with a shrine dedicated to water worshipping!

Price Per Person

68,000JPY ~ / person for 5 ~ 9 ppl
63,000JPY ~ / person for 10 ~ 15 ppl

Clothing/Wha to bring

[Day 1]

  • 2 liters of water
  • Trekking pole
  • Hiking shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Cold protection
  • Energy snack
  • Hat
  • Gloves in the spring & late-fall

[Day 2]

  • Swimwear
  • Cold protection
  • Soft drink (more than1 liter)
  • Towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Change of clothes
  • Sun protection

Customer Review

Day1 : “Listening to Yoshi’s stories of natural history and human innovation while enjoying the views from the trail made for a fun and fascinating day out in local nature.”

Day2 : “The beautiful lake and surrounding mountain scenery make this a great location. The shrine on the island and the waterways are wonderful, while Yoshi’s experience will make you feel comfortable the whole time.”

Included in the fee

  • Guide fee
  • Translator fee
  • Activity fee
  • Rental fee (Sauna,kayaking)
  • Accommodation (1 night)
  • Meals (1 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 1)
  • All travel from tour start point to finish point

Not included in the fee

  • Transportation to tour start point and from finish point
  • Insurance (please purchase travel insurance in your own country)
  • Anything else not specified
    (The bank transaction fee shall be covered by the customer)




2 days 1 night

Age / Height:

10 yrs and above
(7-9 yrs requires written permission or accompaniment by a parent)

Meeting Point

Guesthouse LAMP Nojiriko
10 minutes by taxi from Kurohime Station on the Shinano Railway Kita Shinano Line

Disbanding Point

Guesthouse LAMP Nojiriko

Program Availability

Mid-May ~ Early-November


5 – 15 people

Application Deadline

30 days in advance

Agent Name

Myoko Tourism Managemnt


Day 1

  • A unique program designed and guided by Yoshi, a legend in the Japanese outdoor community, along paths not found on any regular map.
  • An enjoyable walk in nature, accompanied by stories of Japan’s history, culture and lifestyles.
  • Includes Yoshi’s bespoke water circulation and topography map.
  • Onigiri bento lunch made from local ingredients, to be enjoyed while admiring the area’s natural beauty.
  • Dinner of exquisite dishes made from local ingredients (spring: wild vegetables and hot tempura, summer: “forager cuisine” – traditional dishes made from freshly-sourced local mountain and river ingredients, autumn: kinoko nabe (mushroom pot)).
  • Night at an authentic Finnish sauna to refresh and relax your body and mind.
9:00Meet at Guesthouse LAMP Nojiriko
9:30~10:00Travel by car to Shirakabadai
10:00~11:45Hike – Shirakabadai~Mt. Kamaishi Junction~Mt. Daimyojin~Mt. Madarao~Mt. Daimyojin
11:45~12:15Lunch* on Mt. Daimyojin peak (onigiri bento)
12:15~15:30Hike – Mt. Daimyojin~Mt. Kamaishi~Furuma Trail
~Arasehara~Shomiyoji Temple~
Elephant Path~Sonma Kubo~International Village
15:30Arrive at Guesthouse LAMP Nojiriko, Check in
After dinner, enjoy an authentic Finnish sauna!

Meal / Accomodation

Lunch, Dinner

Activity Level


[Distance: 13.7km, Ascent: 400m, Descent: 700m]
The terrain is not extreme, but the distance requires endurance.

Technical Level


The route includes unpaved surfaces, so please watch your step.

About Yoshi

Full name: Yoshiwara Yoshikatsu. Born in 1948. As an elementary school student, Yoshi fell in love with the outdoors and started to enjoy activities such as searching for sansei (edible wild plants), canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and skiing. At the age of 25 he moved to Lake Nojiri, and at 26 became a professional skier. In the 1970s, he opened Japan’s first outdoor school. After that he opened a guesthouse where he continues to offer various outdoor activities. His interests, including onsen, delicious food and alcohol, and driving, take him all over Japan and the world.


Room typeShared room with tatami floor (An extra charge for private rooms)
BeddingJapanese futon
Air Conditioning
Access to Wifi and mobile phone
Washing Facilities
Other AmenitiesTowel , Tooth brush

Day 2

  • A unique program designed and guided by Yoshi, a legend in the Japanese outdoor community.
  • More than just paddling a kayak, this tour to many spots is an adventure!
  • Cook your lunch, made from local ingredients, outdoors on the island.
8:00Breakfast* (Western style)
9:30~11:00Kayaking Part 1: Visit waterways our ancestors built!
Denkuro Water Intake~Mito-guchi Water Gate
11:00~12:00Kayaking Part 2:Cross Lake Nojiri!
Land on an island!
Benten-jima Island~Sunama-ga-saki Cape
12:00~14:00Lunch*: Cook with local ingredients
14:00~15:00Kayaking Part 3: The return
Sunama-ga-saki Cape~Guesthouse LAMP
15:00Finish at Guesthouse LAMP Nojiriko

Meal / Accomodation

Breakfast, Lunch

Activity Level


You will spend a long time in the kayak, so a certain level of physical fitness is required.

Technical Level


Yoshi is an experienced instructor who will help you with all the equipment and techniques, so even beginners can enjoy this activity.

Cancellation Policy

■ Fees in case of cancellation on behalf of the customer

  • Cancellation on or after the 20th day from the day immediately preceding the starting day of the tour: 20% of the tour price.
  • Cancellation on or after the 7th day from the day immediately preceding the starting day of the tour: 30% of the tour price.
  • Cancellation the day immediately before the starting day of the tour: 40% of the tour price.
  • In cases where the contract is cancelled on the starting day of the Tour: 50% of the tour price.
  • Cancellation after the start of the tour or the traveler does not participate in the tour without notice (no show): 100% of the tour price.

■ Cancellation at the discretion of the organizer

  • The itinerary may be changed or the tour maybe cancelled after the program has started. In this case, we will pay an indemnity in accordance with the Standard General Conditions of Travel Agency Business, except in a case of force major (natural disaster).

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