Nagatoro Gorge and Blossoms

Head north to the Chichibu area of Saitama Prefecture for a spring day in nature.

Take in the beautiful scenery of Nagatoro Gorge while riding the rapids of the Arakawa River aboard a traditional wooden boat steered by two boatmen.

Members will then sit down to a delicious lunch of local vegetable tempura, udon noodles and Japanese mixed rice at Yokotei, a riverside inn.

The spectacular views continue after lunch with a trip to the hilltop Chichibu Hitsujiyama Park, with its unforgettable carpet of 400,000 blooming pink, purple and white shibazakura flowers.

The towering Mount Buko in the background completes the stunning scene.


  • Apr 27
  • 7:50am–6pm
  • Meeting point: corner of Russian Embassy
  • Connections members: ¥12,500
  • Non-Connections members & guests: ¥13,700
  • Connections member sign-up start: Feb 10 (10am)
  • Non-Connection member & guest sign-up start: Feb 17 (10am)
  • Cancellation deadline: Apr 12 (12pm)
  • Adults only
  • This tour will run rain or shine
  • Comfortable walking shoes recommended
  • Organized by Connections


Tour Leaders
Connections’ tours are organized and led by a team of volunteers. Tour leaders receive no payment for their work, but they do their best to make each tour as informative and enjoyable as possible.

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