If you’re planning to visit Japan soon and you’re looking for a more exciting and thrilling adventure than a city tour, Minakami is the place to go for you. Minakami is a resort town in the mountainous region of Japan which is relatively near Tokyo. This is considered an outdoor paradise because majority of the popular Japanese outdoor activities can be done within this area. Going to Minakami any time of the year is worth it since they offer exciting outdoor activities in any weather. At the beginning of the April, after the snow melts, it is an ideal time to try any of the water sports in the area. The town offers whitewater rafting, canyoning and kayaking to name a few water sports. Whitewater rafting is not for the faint hearted, it involves manoeuvring through the river under rough water conditions. This activity may seem extremely difficult but there are beginner courses available with English speaking instructors. Canyoning on the other hand is fusion of swimming and hiking, it involves traversing down the river with only your body. This is one of Minakami’s most popular summer attractions. Kayaking is ofcourse available for those who prefer a more laid back boat ride along the river.
During summer water sports aren’t the only thrills available, Minakami also offers bungee jumping. Near the town center at Suwakyo Bridge, a 42 meter fall is available for all adrenaline junkies out there. Hiking is also one of the main outdoor activities which involves a breath taking trail through Mount Tanigawa. The mountain is a clean green during spring while in autumn it showcases a myriad of colors ranging from red, orange and yellow. Mountain biking is also popular as there a couple of good trails available for the cycling enthusiasts. Come winter time there are snowboarding and skiing resorts available for those who wish to try the white powdery snow of Japan. Minakami is clearly a centre for all outdoor activities year round and it pays to be within the area. It is just important to note which activities are available since they differ year round depending on the season. If you though that Minakami couldn’t get any better for an outdoor enthusiast then you might have not known that this town is also known for one of the Japanese favourite activities. Soaking in the hot springs of Minakami is a popular attraction within the region, it is one of top four hot springs available in the Gunma region of Japan.
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