Nagatoro is located in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, adjacent to Tokyo. Since it is easily accessible from Tokyo and its easy to do a day trip, it is very popular on the weekends. Enjoying a traditional boat ride on the Arakawa (river) is a wonderful way to spend an autumnal day with nature. Want to know more, then read on!
Booking and purchasing tickets
Including Nagatoro station, there are four outlets where you can buy tickets:
Google map: http://bit.ly/1d7Brvo
For online booking → http://linekudari.resv.jp/reserve/calendar.php?x=1497101864
A course Oyahanabashi – Iwadatami
3km, 20 min, 1600 yen (adults) /800 yen (children)
B course Iwadatami – Takasagobashi
3km, 20 min, 1600 yen (adults) /800 yen(children)
Entire course Oyahanabashi – Takasagobashi (combining A and B course)
6km, 40 min, 3000 yen (adults) /1400 yen (children)
The boat tickets vary seasonally.
This time we chose the A package, so we had to take a special bus up to the starting point.
First you wear your life jackets on arrival and keep your luggage at your feet.
Get, set, go!
You can see strangely shaped rocky cliffs on both sides.
In some spots, the water gushes with force and this is where it gets most exciting.
If you’re lucky, you might even see a cute train chugging on the overhead railway bridge.
If you see someone holding a camera pointing towards you, don’t forget to smile. He is an official photographer waiting to capture your memory!
According to the river current, it takes about 15-20 minutes for a 3 km journey.
Each season has its own charms. During autumn, you can see the foliage turning to warm hues of yellow and orange, while in early spring, you can see wisteria dancing in the wind.
No matter the season, this is a great escape from the busy city life of Tokyo. So if you’re up for a wee adventure, hop on to the train and bask in the glory of nature.