Raft Race on the Minami-Shiragame River in Chiba



Have you ever got on a raft? Or have you ever made it by yourself? There might be some people who got on it, but not many people who have made one themselves. Every year, in Chiba prefecture, there is a raft race on the Minami-Shiragame River and many people join this race with homemade rafts! In this article I will explain about this unique raft racing competition!

Features of ‘‘Homemade Raft Race’’ in Shirako:

The ‘‘Minami-Shiragame river (南白亀川)’’ in Shirako town(白子町) with the homemade rafts race is held at the end of July every year, it already has been held 22 times. There are many people who join race with family and friends and they make unique rafts by themselves. The rafts are gorgeous, unique and magnificent! It’s one of the most original races in Japan which resulted in it being a popular topic of conversation. The event is also the symbol of this town and participants are going up the river with the raft and compete. The race makes use the natural phenomenon that seawater flows backwards at the time of a high tide in the river. There are different classes to compete in the race for children, ladies and adults.


It has the following prizes:

◆Champion: 150,000yen
◆Second place: 100,000yen
◆Third place: 70,000yen


Every year participants are highly motivated competing for the prize and also have a lot of fun! There are many supporters to cheer them on and hope for the best!

How to get there:

You can take a train from Tokyo station to Mobara station on the Sotobo line. Then you need to catch the bus to Shirako-syako (白子車庫) and get off the bus at the final destination. It takes less than 1 hour from Tokyo station to Mobara station by Wakashio express train and the main place of the race is 30 minutes away from Mobara station by bus.

Other things to do in Shirako:

Shirako is also popular for tourism and I will highly recommend you to do the following things

Kujuukurihama Beach  (九十九里浜)

It is 九十九里浜 in Japanese

There is a huge and long beach called ‘‘Kujuukurihama (九十九里浜)’’. The length of the beach is approximately 66km and you can see the beautiful horizon and even swim there! There are a few main points to swim and the nearest one from the main place of the race is ‘‘Sorigane swimming beach(剃金海水浴場)’’.

Shirako hot spring (白子温泉)

It is 白子温泉 in Japanese

Shiroko town is also famous for its hot spring area along the Kujuukurihama beach. There are many Ryokan and hotels with hot springs. After you join the race, you can stay over there for a night and relax in the hot springs!

In conclusion:

If you are in around Tokyo at the end of July this year, I will highly recommend you to visit this raft race! Don’t forget to bring your camera and take pictures of the many unique rafts and participate in cheering on the competitors with the locals! You and your friends can also join the race with your homemade raft! Plan and prepare to join this race and create an experience you will never forget!

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