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Hidden Outdoor Okitama Tour

Revel in the outdoors of the untouched nature of the Okitama region.

Interact with the abundant nature of Yamagata in the Okitama region on this two-day length tour. The off-the-beaten path of Okitama allows you to see a side of Japan you have never seen before- experience a fantastic view from a brief ride on a hot air balloon on an expansive mountain, canoe in two different picturesque gorges, have a night walking tour through the traditional onsen district and taste the local produce of the area at your overnight accommodation. 

Tour at a glance


What this private tour includes



¥200,000 yen (per person for a tour of two participants)

Minimum number of participants

2 people
Solo applicants may be accepted on a case-by-case basis for an additional fee.

Maximum number of participants

12 people

Tour Length

2 Days, 1 Night

Tour availability

During the period of May to November.
Unavailable December to April.

Meeting Location

This private tour starts at Akayu Station at 10:00 AM.

Important notes

It is recommended you make a reservation request at least 2 weeks in advance of your desired tour date. Experience availability may vary. Reserve to confirm availability.
Customization of this tour is available on request.

Day 1: Mifuchi gorge and Akayu Onsen

Start your tour at Akayu Station, accessible from Yamagata Station. Take part in a canoeing experience where you will explore the picturesque Mifuchi Gorge. Canoe through this picturesque narrow ravine just 13 feet wide. 

After, move to dining at a specialty restaurant which uses locally grown produce.

Following lunch, move to the hot spring district of Akayu Onsen. Check in and relax at your lodgings, then go on a night walking tour around the area with your guide.

Day 2: Hot air balloon and canoeing

Have breakfast and check out of your Akayu Onsen accommodations. Transfer up a mountain to experience riding in a tethered hot air balloon ride, offering an aerial view highlighting the beauty of the Okitama region’s rich natural landscape from above. You may be able to see a sea of clouds above the basin as you float above, depending on the weather.

Head to lunch located in Akayu Onsen.

Akashiba gorge, well-known for its colors in Autumn, will be your next and last activity of the tour. Canoe up the stream of the gorge, take photos of the colored bridges, touch miniature waterfalls and enjoy the air and nature of Yamagata.

Tour ends at Akayu Station.


You can send a booking inquiry for your Hidden Outdoor Okitama tour below. After we receive your inquiry, we will confirm if we can accommodate your group and tour dates and contact you from there. 

Cancelation Policy

Our cancellation policy for this tour is below. Cancellation fees may vary according to exceptional circumstances. 

If the tour is canceled by the organizers, a refund will be available.

14 days before date of tour

50% of total price

7 days to start of tour

100% of total price