10:00 departure, March~November, 90 minute tour

Hanging bell rock Captain
Hanging bell rock
River guide River scenery
River guide
River scenery


This tour begins at the Kawabune Boat Tour Center in Kumanogawa Village and finishes in Shingu close to the Kumano Hayatama Taisha.  There is a stop half way down if river conditions permit.


View the giant rock in the middle of the river, where the Kumano deities supposedly play the Japanese game Go.  There are numerous waterfalls visible along the route.  Depending on the time of year, a diversity of birds can also be seen.


Price per person
Adult 3,900 yen
Child 2,000 yen
Availability    Open year round

* Prices subject to change.
Infant = 6 and under, Child = 7 to 11, Adult = 12 and over


● The Kawabune River Boat Tour Center moved to new location.
● The nearest bus stop is “Michi-no-Eki Kumano-gawa 道の駅熊野川”
● Busses run daily from Shingu and the Hongu area including Yunomine Onsen and Kawayu Onsen.  The 8:50 (Yunomine Onsen), 8:58 (Kawayu Onsen) bus is perfect for those travelling from the Hongu area. (bus timetable #3, #4)

*Parking is available.
*Visitors can be shuttled from Shingu back to the Kawabune River Boat Tour Center after the trip to pick up their vehicle.


Shingu Map                 Kumano-gawa-river-boat-tour-access-map

Shingu Map                                        Traditional Boat Tour access map

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Tour Time

10:00 ~11:30
● Please arrive by 9:30 as there is a brief orientation.  Please use the toilets before the trip as there are no washrooms along the way.

Tours Minimum Passenger Limit

December~February tours run with 6 passengers or more.

April~June tours run with 4 passengers or more. 

July~November run with 3 passengers or more.

※ If there are not enough people registered tours do not run.


● Children’s price is for 4~11 years old.
● Less than 4 years old are not able to join the tour.

Luggage Storage & Shuttle

● Luggage can be stored at the Boat Tour Center or shuttled to Kumano Hayatama Taisha to pick you up.
※ Please do not leave valuables in luggage.

Bad weather

● If it rains, tours still runs.
● Tours may be cancelled because of specific weather conditions such as storms or floods.
● Rain ponchos are on sale for 300 yen.
● In the case of rain, it is best to bring your own rainwear and a plastic bag to protect your carry-on baggage.

Tour Cancellation

If tours are cancelled because of bad weather, your credit card will be refunded full price of the tour.

Needed Information

Please include the following information in the request/comments box during the reservation request process.

① Age of guests joining the tour
② Contact cell phone number (in available)
③ What kind of transportation you are using to get to the Boat Tour Center, eg public bus, car, etc.

④ Name of accommodation where staying the night before the tour (in case we need to contact you)


Plan Traditional Boat Tour | 10:00 departure, March~November, 90 minute tour
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*Requests must be made 10 days in advance.

Number of Guests Adult (Male)    (Female)
Child (7 to 11)    Infant (0 to 2)    (3 to 6)
Transportation Information
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