The concept of forest adventures is thought to have originated in France. A company called Altus designed a unique therapeutic course, involving ziplining and rope climbing, for a cooperate team building for a staff outing. The employees had a great time, and word spread of the amazing fun the course had to offer. Soon, Altus opened its doors to the public and the world, as a result of the skyrocketing demand for treetop experiences such as the first one. Many countries have adopted courses like that, and they have become popular holiday activities across America, Europe, Asia, and beyond.
Initially, La Foret de L’aventure, the experience is widely known in Japan through its English derivation, forest adventures, which is not as much a mouthful. It popularly entails ziplining between trees, walking footbridges of rope, seesaw swings, rock climbing, and more. In some cases, the experience may include barbecues and tubing. Course options exist in plenty in Niigata, Hokkaido, and Nagano, with the most remarkable being the country’s longest zip line (510 meters) in Ikeda Town. With beautiful mountains and forests across Saitama, Chiba, Shiga, and Gifu, among other places, forest adventures in Japan offer adrenaline rush-cum-sightseeing activities! Everyone can be part of the tours, which are open to children and adults alike!
That said, here are Japan’s most thrilling courses!
1. Whizz through the air like a bat in Myoko, Niigata
Clearing scenic spaces between forests of pine, ziplining adventures in Myoko will have you screaming for more as you heroically hurtle in sunshine-filled air! These forest adventures also entail bouldering, sliding on huge rubber tubes, and more!
2. Learn the ways of the forest ninja in Gero city, Gifu
Test your balance against dangling footbridges as you make your way around a forest obstacle course and swing between branches like monkeys. Some time alone, or with the entire family, in nature is sure to do you a whole lot of good!
3. An Eniwa, Hokkaido forest adventure, inclusive of 3-year-olds
Is your little one’s birthday coming up? Surprise them with a kid’s course in Eniwa that has many health and mental benefits. Adults can also roll back the years and experience the simple pleasures of treetop playgrounds!
4. Seesaw fun and treetop bridges in a Nagano park
Bring the entire family along for a special day out with Mother Nature, with serene spots modified to ensure nothing but fun wherever you look. Be it swinging through the air like a pendulum or scaling high rope bridges; we have all you need for the best time ever!
5. Rediscover true happiness in Chiba!
Are you feeling sad and low? Well, not anymore! Turn that frown upside down with a forest adventure in Chiba. With nothing but green freshness around you, this course offers relaxing climbs and ziplines!
6. A unique weekend zipline getaway in Chiba
Take it easy with a 2-hour zipline course in the peaceful outskirts of Ichihara. If you’re looking for something exciting and out of the box to do over the weekend, this is it! The 90-meter-high cables will provide all the adrenaline you need!
7. Hyogo experience to brighten up your day
Answer the call of the Hyogo wild, via a forest plan in Toyooka that features a special crab pizza! Run about the trees on a zipline and hone your skills with rope walking, net climbing, and more!
8. Conquer a forest park in Chiba!
Everybody loves a good outing in the forest, and nothing compares to the feeling of rushing between trees with many meters between you and the beautiful grass below. Explore a serene forest in Chiba!
9. Japan’s largest zip line experience in Fukui
Offering a record-breaking 60 m high and 510 m long mega zip line, this Ikeda Town course offers a massive flying experience above a beautiful tree line. In autumn, the green of foliage is replaced by gorgeous red and orange while the winter cover of snow is enchanting!
10. Incredible sights from a Chichibu zipline
Put your body to the test against a real fitness challenge in Chichibu, Saitama. The course ensures physical workouts through artificial rock climbing and six scenic zipline swings that rush over a green valley!
11. Fun heights and good food on zipline adventures
Adjacent to the famous Takeda castle, this Hyogo forest adventure presents a day of fun entailing rope walking and swings. Sit down to a delicious barbecue of roasted beef, corn, vegetables, and more afterward!
12. Find the key to happiness in Shiga
A happy life is not hard to find, courtesy of Ritto canopy and adventure courses that let loose your inner child! Watch as the troubles fade away and are replaced by the joy of defying gravity through ziplines and bouldering!
Frequently asked questions
QHow did forest adventures start in Japan?
AThe first forest adventure started in France as team building for company employees. However, the treetop playground, entailing climbing and ziplining, was opened to all due to overwhelming public demand. It spread internationally, and now the same company offers forest adventures in Japan via partnerships!
QAre there any good places to zipline in Japan?
AFor the biggest ziplining challenge in the country, you can sign up for a 510-meter long course in Fukui. Family-friendly forest adventure courses are also available in Nagano, Hokkaido, Saitama, Chiba, and Hyogo, among other places throughout Japan.
QWhat kid-friendly, outdoor activities can families try out in Japan?
AThe entire family is sure to have a good time on a forest adventure. Hyogo barbecues and forest adventures are excellent weekend getaway ideas with the children, especially if your loved one is celebrating a special day such as a birthday.
QAre children allowed in forest adventure parks?
AForest adventure parks are not for adults only; in fact, children tend to have the best time in the courses and are highly encouraged to participate. There are no restrictions, and both the young and young-at-heart are welcome to try out the experience.
QAre forest adventure activities dangerous?
ASafety equipment is provided to all forest adventure participants to ensure they have fun but remain safe at all times. Ultimately, participants are responsible for their individual safety. Please make sure to observe all necessary safety guidelines, like secure harness attachment, and others as guided.