The Saru River 沙流川 is one of Hokkaido's premier whitewater kayaking rivers, with a number of sections of differing difficulty. These river sections are variously punctuated by large dams, but each section is beautiful in its own right. This section of tight gorge from Hidaka township to just above the Iwachishi Dam is an upper intermediate to advanced paddler's dream. There's a number of Class 2+ to Class 3 rapids, and a challenging crux about half way - a 3m drop easily scouted from above on the bridge and from the river side. Paddling down the deep Saru River gorge should be on any Hokkaido paddler's list. See the full route description here: https://hokkaidowilds.org/water/saru-river-hidaka-mitsuiwa
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