Travel in June 2018 Tenryu River is the fourth longest river in Japan, where you can feel clean nature along with dense forests. when I got on board, I could see a lot of hawks, dense but fresh trees, and the ducks. It's called rapids, but when I saw the Tenryu River at the starting point, I wondered if there was a rapids. By reading this to the end you can see that the rapids are stronger than you think. My camera was almost destroyed by the swift current. I did activity that is popular in Nagano Prefecture. The weather was nice, so I thought sailing would be fun, but when I got on the ship, the weather was very hot.
Be sure to take a towel or buy it as a souvenir.
As soon as I arrived, there was a way into the souvenir shop, so I thought it was the wrong way, but it was right. People looked at the souvenirs because they had unique items. The item I recommend is a towel. I wish you could have a towel in advance, but if not, I recommend buying one here. Water splashes more than I thought when i was in a boat.
The most popular souvenir shop was Photo Zone. There were actually miniatures of ships, and there were many installations to be photographed, so it quickly turned into a popular place.
Explanation of safety rules before boarding is mandatory Although it begins as a common river, this stream leads to the Tenryu Valley. The stream is much stronger than expected there, so it is also the highlight of this boating. Therefore, Understanding safety rules is necessary. Before boarding, you should listen to the instructions regarding safety rules and how to wear a life jacket. The life jacket automatically swells up when you falls into the water. After finishing all the explanations, I wore a life jacket and moved to the boarding place. The explanation seems to be a little less than 20 minutes. (That's what I feel.)
This sunny picture means very hot weather. Therefore, I really recommend wearing a hat or at least a towel. Even in winter, you can enjoy boating here, which is very warm with a heating apparatus(called Kotatsu in Japanese) on it, and the rapids are not strong. There is a nice boat play in the summer, but after hearing the story, the boat play in winter would be pretty cool.
The Japanese are kind. When the ship starts to leave, they wave to us until we're all gone. They didn't just shake a few times and disappear. They kindly explain to the customer even anything small and keep smiling. They bow to their customers until they see their customers. Every time I see them, every time I visit such Japan, it's amazing.
When the ship departs, the hawks follows. It's not long since the ship left, and there was a very big hawk flying over heads. I didn't know if it was a hawk or an eagle. But seeing how fast it was, I guess it was a hawk. You can buy snacks at souvenir shops. For that reason, as many as five or six of them came toward our ship, not one or two more. I wanted to throw every snack far away, but the snacks that I threw were thrown into the river. Sorry Hawks!
There was such a large vinyl on both sides of the ship. A total of two boatmen boarded the ship. Each boatman was at both ends of the ship, If they say, "Put up the vinyl quickly!". If anyone does not put up the plastic tightly, the water will always come into the boat. Therefore, the role of a small elementary school student was not small.
It was hard to predict the rough waters until we started...... I thought so. 'Is there a moment to put that vinyl up?' There is a rapids here, but I didn't feel threatened except for a little strong current. Thanks to it, I could look around. Watching the dense forests and gorgeous hawks here, I realized that nature is really clean here......
The moving picture above was a real situation. The boat began to shake when the tide began to rise. The boatmen asked us to put up the vinyl and of course we all did it. The problem was my greed. My greed allowed me to film a video of the rough current, but eventually soaked my camera with a lot of water coming in.
The people who were more surprised than I were on board. "Camera! Camera! Are you okay with the camera?! Wipe it off!' "Ahhaha. This camera doesn't have a waterproof function, but it's canon so it'll be fine." "Is it okay to get wet with Canon?" "Oh, not necessarily. I can wipe and dry it."
I removed the towel from my head and wiped the camera lens. I was grateful for the fact that the camera lens did not have water on it because I was using the filter separately.
p.s. The reason why I thought that It was not serious problem... A long time ago, I had a basic camera training at the Canon Academy. At that time, the instructor said that while filming at a ski resort, her camera was covered with snow. Of course, the snow soon melted to make the camera wet, but after cleaning it and drying it for a while, it is still in use. The instructor said: "The same will be true of other models. But the canon is very strong in this respect." I remember that.
What a violent moment this moment was, in my rear seat, There was five or six years old girl on board with her mother. On the other side of me, her father and brother (maybe age 9), were aboard, and her brother was excited, and she(girl) was afraid.
There was a crane at the finish. Off the canyon came peace again. It took about half an hour and there was a crane far away when it was finished. As it sails going downstream, it is impossible to trace back by river. So they use a crane to lift the boat up and use the truck to send the boat back up. From Bentenco to finish at Tokimatako, where the above picture is the finishing spot. When we arrived, everyone started talking happily about getting on board. One person said it was thrilling than he thought. Although my camera was wet and unexpected, I felt fun. (In the video, everyone was worried, but I was smiling alone...)
I felt as if we had pulled through the rough waters with expert skill and experience. If there was any safety issue, the boatman restrain person standing on board. This, of course, can be a threat to everyone's safety, not one or two safety. You must not stand while you are on board the ship, but be sure to lift all of them together at the time you have to put up the plastic. If even one or two people lift the plastic loosely, the other person may get soaked in the river. This boating was more enjoyable than I thought if I had kept those rules enough.
------------------------------ INFO of Tenryu River Boat Tours ------------------------------
Tenryu River is 213 kilometers long and 5,090 kilometers wide. From Nagano Prefecture, it flows southward and into the Pacific Ocean via Shizuoka Prefecture. In the old days, the stream was flooded frequently.
Tenryu River, which flows through Minami Shinshu around Idahashi, is famous for its valleys where you can see the rocks everywhere.The river is very wide and the water flow is not weak from the beginning. However, the current may feel somewhat weak for those who expected a rapid stream. You can enjoy a river tour for about 30 minutes on a wooden boat with a boatman. Safety rules are very strict to ride ship in south Alps Tenryu River in Japan.
I heard that the age range of boatmen varies and many shipbuilders are proud to work as boatmen on the Tenryu River.