Kyoto has amazingly vast nature left untouched.
What we still have there is a precious source of water, which has supported the old capital of Japan for 1,000 years. The forest has been preserved in its pristine shape as botanical research site of Kyoto University, and even now people are not allowed to enter it unless they have special permission.
The forest is called Ashiu Forest.
Being a house of giant trees nearly 1,000 years old, it has been protected for over 100 years and people from abroad have rarely been allowed to enter the forest, partially due to the language barrier. With permission, we offer trekking tours and downriver tours on packrafts with English-speaking guides. They will be a special highlight of your trip to Japan.
Packrafting in Ashiu, Kyoto
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