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Canyons 2016



It’s that time of year again—one of GAJET’s biggest events—the Canyons Adventure and Mixer! Get to know your neighbors from Gunma, Ibaraki, Nagano, Saitama, and Tochigi while catching the last rays of summer during an action-(or leisure) packed weekend at Gunma’s own Canyons Alpine Lodge in Minakami.

It will be held on Saturday, October 8th – Sunday October 9th. Like last year, participants can choose from a variety of options to create their ideal weekend. 

Please check them out here:

All canyoning spots are based on a first come, first served basis so please send in registration early to ensure your place. Spaces fill up quickly!

*** Registration & Withdrawal Deadline Is September 23rd  ***


go to to register.


At this year’s Canyons Adventure and Mixer, we’re able to offer a variety of options to suit everyone’s needs. Whether you want a day full of action-packed adventure, or simply want to relax away from the city for two days, you can choose from any of the following options to customize your vacation:

Canyoning — Slide head- and feet-first down waterfalls and channels, jump off rock precipices, gorgeous scenery, experienced guides. Morning and afternoon tours are possible but subject to availability. To find out more, check out this article from a previous canyoning event. There are two different canyoning courses: Fox and Willow.  Fox is the most popular course, easy to access, and for people who haven’t canyon-ed before. Willow is a different ball game, taking approximately 2 hours to traverse, and is for those who are absolutely bursting with energy.

Rafting — Say no more. Get your wetsuit on, put on your helmet, grab some friends, hop into an inflatable raft, grab some oars, and the power is yours (rhymes for days). There is nothing more thrilling than riding on the unstable face of Poseidon with your friends as you laugh, scream, submerge, and emerge as stronger people.

Full Day Adventure — Interested in experiencing more than one of the Canyon courses? Then sign up for our Full Adventure Package. Join the morning canyoning tour, eat lunch provided by Canyons, and then enjoy another one of their courses in the afternoon. The Full Adventure Package is also subject to availability in both morning and afternoon tours.

Canoeing — Want to cruise on the serene waters of the Tone river? Of course you do! This year, canoeing is an option we’re offering! Although canoeing is offered, it’s not through Canyons but a sister company, Lake Walk. Work them forearms as you cause a riptide while you take in all the scenery that Minakami has to offer. They will even shuttle you there and back – what service! Have a squiz.

Bungy Jumping — Ever wake up one morning, and feel the insatiable urge to jump off of a bridge, to only be suspended by elastic rope? Then Bungy Jumping is for you! It’s a bit of a walk from the Canyons Lodge (with no shuttle service), but the thrill is insurmountable. Nothing like pushing yourself to the extreme for that adrenaline rush! Bungy Japan, another sister company to Canyons has you covered.

Mountain Biking — If you thought Minakami couldn’t get any more exciting, MOUNTAIN BIKING. Riding through nature on 2 wheels? Whoever thought up this combination in the perfect location that is Minakami deserves every good thing! A match made in heaven. MTB Japan offers such luxuries, so do have a gander!

Leisure in Minakami — The Minakami area is filled with activities for those who want a more leisurely day: relax next to the river and swim in the watering hole near Canyons, hike or take the ropeway up the Tanigawadake, rent a bike, visit one (or several) of the numerous onsen, or get your traditional craft on at Takumi-no-Sato. Although GAJET is not organising any events, if you don’t want to do canyons but want to spend time with other JETs, there are many things to do in Minakami while others are canyoning. Contact the Tone Reps for more info about things to do 🙂

Barbecue — In the evening, join GAJET for a barbecue of meat, veggies, and yakisoba at Alpine Lodge!

Party time!! — After the BBQ let’s dance the night away. The best part this year is that we have the whole lodge to ourselves, including the DJ wizardy and musical performances of our very own ALTs!

Stay — Don’t want to worry about catching the last train or driving home late? Then spend Saturday night with us at Canyons. Breakfast is included!

Canyons Address:

〒 379-1728 Gunma, Tone-gun, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Yubiso 45

〒  379-1728 群馬県利根郡みなかみ町湯檜曽45


You can come to Canyons by either car or train; however, you must arrive well before your tour in order to sign in to the event and take care of any preparations, equipment, luggage.etc. If you will arrive by car, please arrive no later than 40 minutes before your tour time. You can find access information below. If you miss your tour, Canyons may be unable to schedule for another activity or refund any of your payment.

Car Access From the expressway:

  1. From the Kanetsu Expressway, exit at the Minakami IC. Turn left at the first intersection (Konita) going north on Route 291.
  2. Keep on Kokudo 291 for about 5 km, then turn right at the Oana traffic lights (4th set after Konita).
  3. Follow the road for about 500 m, and take the first left after the bridge. (As you cross the bridge you can see Canyons upstream.)
  4. Canyons is 100m down and on the left.

Without the expressway: Canyons lies near the Oana traffic lights, which is the  intersection of two major roads—Kokudo 291 and Kendo 63. After you find this intersection you can follow steps 3-4 from above.

***NOTE: Please use the lodge address for car navigation systems—if you enter the Canyons phone number into your car navi, it may take you to a location 1.5 kms away.***


 Sign Up


go to to register.


Payment for the event can only be submitted via Electronic Fund Transfer (振り込み・furikomi). We will include the account information for payment in your confirmation email. Payment is due by Wednesday, September 26th If you are unfamiliar with performing furikomi, you can check out our guide.

If you have any questions about available options, pricing, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact us! You can contact our hosts—the lovely Becky Robbins at [email protected] or the punny Daniel at [email protected] for questions or problems with sign-up. 

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