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Nagatoro River Cruise

Relaxation and thrills in the beautiful valley of Nagatoro

Nagatoro, located in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, is a popular sightseeing spot where you can enjoy great nature such as Nagatoro Valley. A famous attraction there is the Nagatoro River Cruise with a history of over 100 years, which takes you down the Arakawa River that flows through the magnificent valley in a traditional Japanese boat. The powerful rapid stream, the unusual-shaped rocks formed by nature and the gorgeous mountains complete the scenery of Nagatoro. The boatman's skillful pole handling and the entertaining guide make the boat ride even more exciting.

Nagatoro River Cruise Course B

The Nagatoro River Cruise offers three courses, and Course B is a 3-kilometer course that travels downstream from the Iwadatami rocks to Takasago Bridge. This course has three rapid stream points, such as the long Okawase rapid and the powerful Riffle of Doba, and with many sharp curves and change of scenery, you are sure to enjoy the river cruise to the fullest. The view of the valley from both sides beyond the sharp curves is especially breathtaking. Also, be sure to look for the turtles, fish and wild birds living in the Arakawa River, as well as the beautiful seasonal flowers. Other highlights include various rocks shaped like animals, as well as the boatman’s amazing skills to turn the rudder of the boat within a hairbreadth of these rocks.

Location

Name Nagatoro River Cruise
Website https://www.chichibu-railway.co.jp/en/nagatoro.html
Address 489-2 Nagatoro, Nagatoro-machi, Chichibu-gun, Saitama
Access Approximately 30 minutes' drive from the Hanazono IC on the Kan-Etsu Expressway
Approxmiately a 1-minute walk from Nagatoro Station on the Chichibu Railway
Business Hours 9:00 to around 16:00
Closed December 5 to March 9 every year
Inquiries TEL: 0494-66-0950 (Nagatoro River Cruise Head office)
Admission 3-kilometers course:
Adults: 1,800 yen; Children (Elementary school students and under): 900 yen
6-kilometers course:
Adults: 3,300 yen; Children: 1,600 yen
Age 2 and under: Free (Must be at least 60 centimeters tall to ride)
Others May be closed for several days due to bad weather or flooding/drought of the Arakawa River.

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