Getting the Entire Nagatoro Experience

With no shortage of things to try in Saitama’s Nagatoro region, you might find yourself overwhelmed by choosing what to do first. We’re here to help you plan a trip full of fun activities and fresh food.

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From fishing for your dinner to riding on whitewater rapids, you can do it all in Nagatoro!

From fishing for your dinner to riding on whitewater rapids, you can do it all in Nagatoro!

Nagatoro, a six-kilometer valley in Saitama, has flourished as a tourist destination since the late 1800s. Receiving two million visitors each year, its biggest draw is undoubtedly the stunning Arakawa River and the Nagatoro Iwadatami, a 500-meter-long stretch of exposed rocks that look like layers of overlapping tatami mats. Here, you can take it easy while on a guided riverboat tour, led by skilled boatmen who navigate the rapid currents with ease.

Anyone looking for a few more thrills and chills should try their hand at whitewater rafting! These too are guided tours, but you feel everything thrilling twist and turn of the river as you cruise along the wild rapids. Visitors can also enjoy canoeing or kayaking, if they’d prefer.

In addition to riding the wild river, Nagatoro is also a prefectural nature park, with plenty of other stuff enjoy; seasonal beauty can be appreciated at nearby Mt. Hodosan, a gentle hike for all the family, complete with a cable car for an even more relaxing way to the top No trip to the area would be complete without trying some of the local cuisine, particularly ayu, the Japanese name for sweetfish, from the river. Another local dish is waraji katsudon, a breaded pork cutlet on rice with a salty-sweet miso sauce. Or get a sugar kick from kakigori shaved ice made with local water. Once you’ve eaten your fill, get back on the water!



There are countless experiences to try in the area of Nagatoro, which is only around 90 minutes from Tokyo by train. Casually float downriver before catching delicious sweetfish right under crimson maple trees!


Nagatoro Tourist Information Center (Nagatoro Tourist Association)
529-1 Nagatoro, Nagatoro Town, Chichibu District, Saitama 369-1305


Tel: +81 494-66-0307

Business hours

09:00 - 17:00


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