Adventure Sports in Minakami

Minakami is one of Japan's year-round adventure-sports destinations, with the exception of November, when many of the operators take a break before the start of the winter season.

In the spring melt (between April and June) the Tone-gawa (利根川) is the source of Japan's best white-water activities. Tour operators with English guides include Canyons, I Love Outdoors and H20 Guide Services. During summer, when water levels drop and it gets warmer, each outfitter offers canyoning trips. Both Canyons and I Love Outdoors can arrange packages in their own lodges.

A variety of mountain-biking tours are offered by MTB Japan, while the team at Tenjin Lodge offers hiking in the warmer months and off-piste skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in the winter. If none of that is heart-thumping enough for you, take a plunge with Bungy Japan.

Serious climbers will want to tackle Tanigawa-dake (1977m), Tenjin-dake and Ichino-kura. Tanigawa-dake is suited to experienced climbers only: it is responsible for quadruple the number of deaths that have occurred on Mt Everest. When hiking, watch out for bears.