Tours and schools

Decided to make this a page, not a post.

Are you coming to Japan on vacataion? Live in Japan? Want to kayak? Here are some tour companies and schools.


Ise in Mie prefecture, two hours drive from Nagoya, 3 hours from Osaka, Kyoto and Nara. Ise is also the site of the famous Ise Shrine and only slightly less famous weded rocks (can’t think of a better way to see them). Run by the famous Yoshikazo-san, they also build, under license, North Shore Kayaks. Speak English, website is only in Japanese. e-mail:

I went Kayaking with Paddlecoast in July 2006. 9 out of 10!


In Kanagawa prefecture, 70 minutes from Tokyo‘s Shinagawa station on the Keikyu train line. This tour school is run by Shibata-san who speaks near perfect English (2 years in Canada and numerous extended trips abroad – Norway and Greenland). The website is only in Japanese though. e-mail:

I went paddling with Algaforest in August 2006. 9 out of 10!


Also in Kanagawa and including an American instructor Matt White (7 years is Japan according to their site) so some good English? map is here.


In Chiba Prefecture, next to Tokyo, is Raindog Sea kayak Skill Service; the best name ever and the owner seems fun. Speaks English (3 years in canada), a little english on the website “Raindog is active in all seasons everywhere in Japan” i.e. will travel! email:

Nishiizu Costal Kayaks
Nishi Izu means east Izu. The Izu penninsula is a beautiful and relatively unspoilt area in Japan about 2-3 hours south-west of Tokyo. Well known as an ‘outdoors’ destination. Paddling in this area you can see Fujisan! The website of Nishiizu is all Japanese but the staff page indicates they speak English. Very well known company from what i can gather. Paddled 4400km around Japan, etc… email: unknown…

Earth Quest Tours

Based in Miyagi prefecture, 2hours from Sendai. This is my local tour group. Konno-san is very friendly and helpful with good English. The best thing is they go paddling in a very beautiful area. email:

I went kayaking with them in November 2005.

Noriyuki Hoshi

Miaygi‘s very own ‘Nori‘ my friend and fluent English speaker. Nori can take groups of 2 or 3 himself and arrange larger tours through ‘Yuyukan’, a sports store in Sendai. email:


Or as the full title goes Relaxing Program Sora. Very interesting woman – lived in Canada and Greenland (respect!) she speaks good English runs her kayak company from Sendai but paddles in lots of different places notably Iwate. Unfortunately our planned trip was cancelled due to poor weather but I hope to paddle with her soon and update this listing. email:

Nada kayaks

All the way down in steamy Kumamoto, Kyushu (the bottom island) is Nada Kayaks. Your on your own with these guys!

Saltys in Chiba

Sea kayak tours and school in Chiba near Tokyo. Website all in Japanese but my guess is they speak English, linked to from the Outdoor Japan website (mostly English speakers).

6 Dorsals in Chiba

Sea kayaking school.

Mesa in Iwate

Sea kayak tours and shop in the steel town of Kaminishi in Iwate. Located in the middle of the beautiful sanriku coastline this is a great place to go kayaking. Run by the super friendly and good English speakerKusayama-san it is also a good source of advice if you are kayaking in the area.

Niseko Adventure Centre

Niseko is of course the region of Hokkaido famous for its powder snow and this shop seems to run a sea kayak trips along with a myriad of other sports. Again that’s as much as I know, site in Japanese.

I stumbled across this, a North American based adventure company which does a tour of Japan’s Inland Sea, at 6,500 dollars it’s pretty pricey…

There is an Outdoor Special Interest Group (OSIG) started and run by JETs which writes about outdoor activities in Japan. In my experience its not that great – tends to focus on mountain sports – but you can find some background information and places to stay. [edit I’ve written to them suggesting they add some information about sea kayaking and offering to do some of the work]

P.S. If you are wondering about the English thing, it’s not cultural imperialism honest, it’s just that if you can speak and read Japanese you don’t need me. Right?


13 Responses to “Tours and schools”

  1. […] Tours and schools […]

  2. Kiba20 Says:

    The Nishi Izu Coastal Kayak company is run by a guy called Yasuhiro Murata, an amazingly friendly and enthusiastic guy, who has amassed quite a good bit of experience with trips around Japan and New Zealand to name a few. He and the other staff are all very accomodating and knowledgable about the area, provide a variety of great tours, with the flexibility to tailor them to meet your exerience level if you are not a beginner. In addition to the beautiful backdrop of Mt Fuji, the best part about Nishi Izu is the ruggedness of the rocky headlands, many of which are littered with caves that Murata san may take you through if the weather is friendly enough! All kayaks are of expedition quality and in good condition. It really is a well run and enjoyable exerience with these guys.

    • John Stockton Says:

      I stayed around Nishi Izu Coastal Kayaks for a few weeks many years ago. He speaks excellent English and his wife and her family are extremely fun.

  3. Hi Kiba20
    Thanks so much for this very useful information. Do you an email address for them?

  4. Ken Lowe Says:

    Last August I went Kayaking with Alaforest, Shibata san was great, and very experienced. Only a few days earlier Kieran was there.
    I have heard Shibata san is moving to the in land sea area, so I will have to find a new school.

  5. Hi Ken
    Yes I heard he had moved to Ise in Mie-ken for “his child’s education”. He will be in Paddlecoast territory, I don’t know if it’s for good but sounds like a few years at least… If you find another school or try out with Raindog or paddlingwolf can you post a comment again?

  6. John Schultz Says:

    One of my dreams for years has been to learn sea kayaking. Are there any cloubs or schools in the Niigata area? Japanese is ok, of course.

  7. Hi John
    I’m sorry I don’t know of anything in Niigata. Someone else asked about Niigata and I asked around to no avail. I’m sure there will be though, suggested you search around or join some Japanese sports forums…
    I’ve heard of your beer by the way. Keep up the good work.

  8. John Schultz Says:

    Hope you like the beer.
    I found a shop in Niigata advertising sea kayaks (West). I am planning to paddle over there and do some ground research. I would think that a big shop selling kayaks just might know a club or school. I will report back to you my findings so you can share it with the rest of the community.

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  10. SI Wei Says:

    Hi! I found your blog when reading up on buying and owning a kayak. I’m not new to kayaking, have taken a course before, but have not been kayaking for some years now. So I’m pretty much a beginner, I would say. Thinking of buying a kayak. What would you recommend? I’m living in Japan now btw.

  11. Nikita Says:

    Thanks very much, exactly what I was looking for.

    • Faisal khan Says:

      Are there any good kayak surf spots within a few hours of Tokyo area? I surf a Tempest 170 in Trxas and am a frequent business traveller to Japan. Thanks.

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