In June the Tone River swells with snow melt to make for a white water paradise. Top athletes from around the world compete in various disciplines to obtain the prestigious title of champion of the  “Minakami Water Games”. Come and see these athletes battle it out on the mighty Tone River.

Rafting Race

The race rafting scene is on fire in the wake of the rafting world cup which was held in Japan last October.

The Minakami Water Games will be the qualifying event for this years rafting world cup in Argentina. Last years world cup winning womens team “THE RIVER FACE” as well as mens runners up “RAFTING TEAM TEKEI” will be battling to defend their Japan titles and a place at the world cup.

Come and witness the worlds top athletes battling it out on the mighty Tone River!

SUP (Stand Up Paddle) Race

SUP is the paddle sport that first emerged from the beaches of Hawaii. It has recently become hugely popular around inland areas on lakes and rivers thanks to big events in the USA such as the Gopro Mountain Games.
Recently race events in Japan are on the rise with Okutama starting the first race, followed by Shikoku, Kyushu and Gifu.
The event in Minakami will be a cross race style race with 4 people per group, starting together and racing down a whitewater course laid out with buoys. A great spectator event that will keep the crowd in suspense until the end.

River Boarding Race

The first major riverboard race was held in Okutama in November 2017 and the sport has since gained massive momentum. Be prepared to be amazed by the moves of the world class athletes as they battle the Tone Rivers world class white water.