The Art of Sawanobori

Local sawanobori climbers chase the torrents of Hokkaido water that summer heat unlocks

Sawanobori is a modern take on the ancient Japanese practice of travelling upstream through gorges and river valleys. Long before sawanobori became sport, it was a way for the Japanese to bypass forests, overgrown with bamboo and dense undergrowth to get from village to village. 

We took the camera along a mission to a local waterfall which was still slowly letting go of its winter snow.

Yuta Kamimura
Hiro Sato
Yuuma Miyauchi


Check out more on sawanobori on pages 54 and 55 of Experience Niseko magazine.