Lower Biei River Paddling

Biei River (美瑛川) is a gorgeous spring-fed river cascading down from the Daisetsuzan National Park in central Hokkaido. While the steeper upper reaches of the river are best suited for experienced paddlers, the lower half of the river from Biei Township towards Asahikawa City is suitable for lower-intermediate paddlers and up. For the most part, the river flows through quiet countryside, away from any large roads. With excellent rail access to the beginning and end of the route, this is a packrafter’s dream.