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Kuma river Boat Cruise
Kuma river is one of "Japan's three biggest streams" measuring 115 km long. "Kuma river Boat Cruise" is a thrilling ride that goes down this rapid stream while dodging rocks. It is a popular touristic spot, adored by people from long time ago. There are various courses available, such as "rapid stream long course" and "ultra rapid course" in which boats go down the rough river. There is also "clear stream course (long and short)" in which you can relax and enjoy watching landscapes and towns of Hitoyoshi city. During spring-fall, you can also try rafting on this river. In winter, on the other hand, you can ride "Kotatsu boat" with heater at your feet. You can enjoy various scenery in each season. * Please check further information beforehand because it might be closed according to weather or limited number of visitors.
- 333-1 Shimoshin-machi, Hitoyo-shi, Kumamoto
- 20 min walk from JR Hitoyoshi station
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Depending on period, opening hours and holidays vary. Please check the official website for further details.
- Official Website
- Admission fee
- Clear stream short course: one entire private boat 32,400 yen, Middle course: junior high school students or older 2,700 yen. Rapid stream course: junior high school students or older 3,240 yen
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.
Enjoy a slow ride while enjoying scenery in "clear stream course"
"Short course" and "middle course" is a slow boat ride course in which it doesn't go through the rapid stream. Therefore, you can relax and enjoy scenery from the boat. As you listen to a boatman who will tell you all the great aspects of the area, you will go down the beautiful river surrounded by a quiet natural landscape.
Thrilling ride down the rapid river! "Long course" and "Ultra rapid course"
Kuma river Boat Cruise is famous for its thrilling fast-speed ride on the rapid stream, known as Kuma river's "five rapid shallow stream", while enjoying the beautiful natural scenery around. A boatman will guide the boat and make sure not to hit rocks. Many people loved this refreshing ride while water splashing on the boat.
Try "rafting" between spring to fall
From April to October, you can try "rafting" in which you will have an exciting ride on a rubber boat on Kuma river. It has became very popular in these recent years. In fact, many groups of visitors come to try it in summer. Because there is a guide who rides with you, you can try it even if you have never tried it before. It is a great entertainment to enjoy the rapid stream!
You can see different views according to seasons or events
From December to February, you can take a ride on "Kotatsu Fune". Kotatsu (electric heater under the table) on the boat will warm you up while you enjoy going down the stream. Furthermore, you can also see, if you are lucky, a bride in Japanese formal kimono, will ride on a rowboat to meet her groom. This famous bridal tradition is called "Yomeiri fune".