Caption: I was able to stand up on my board on the first try.
Caption: In a calm area, I practiced standing up on the board.
Caption: I was feeling more confident and was ready for the illumination experience.
Caption: Before heading to the illumination spot, there was time to just enjoy the natural beauty all around us.
Caption: The Illumination SUP is one of the most popular SUP experiences and this image gives you an idea of how special it is.
Caption: This image provided by Noda-san shows how the light accentuates the natural beauty of the river banks.
As the Illumination SUP part of my evening came to a close, I felt deeply connected to the natural world around me. The calm waters that glistened from the shine of the tiny lights had drawn me into a relaxing state of mind. By the time we finished, I wasn’t even thinking about paddling. I was just floating smoothly across the water and letting my stress melt away. It had been a truly special way to spend some time in the great outdoors of Odai.
When we arrived back at our starting point, we dismounted and pulled our boards to the top of the pier. Noda-san made sure all of the gear was accounted for before we loaded everything onto her truck. It only took a few minutes to get everything in order after a great time on the water.
Noda-san was a fantastic instructor and guide for my first time trying SUP. Her expertise and outgoing personality made me feel comfortable from the moment we started the training until when we stepped off of our boards and back onto the shore. I was also impressed that she was able to help me accomplish standing up on my first try.
Caption: The delicious meal at Anjou was amazing.
Caption: A soak in the Okuise Forestpia onsen was a perfect way to finish the experience.
My meal was wonderful and the atmosphere of the restaurant fit my relaxed state of mind as I thought about my time on the water. When I was finished eating, it was time for the final part of the Illumination SUP experience, a visit to the hotel’s onsen for a nice hot soak in the mountain air. The onsen at the hotel has bathing options inside and outside the building, so you can choose the space that you prefer. For me, the chance to sit outside in a natural onsen while surrounded by mountains and forests is an opportunity I never pass up.
When I finished in the onsen and was ready to head back to my guesthouse for the night, I was in a mellow kind of mood that only finds me after spending time outside and then having a good meal. With a soak in a mountainside onsen to top it off, it had been an amazing evening in Odai.
In addition to the Illumination SUP package, there are many other different SUP experiences available in Odai that can be booked. Regardless of whether you are a novice or a seasoned paddler, there is an option that you can enjoy. All of the packages include a professional guide, training and all of the equipment needed. I highly recommend the full package that I experienced if you are looking for a really special night in Mie Prefecture. Check out all of the SUP options that are available by clicking on the links on this page and book your next great outdoor adventure.
ILLUMINATION SUP – A BEAUTIFUL COMBINATION OFWATER AND LIGHT
Verde Odai Tour Information
Okuise Forestpia Information
About 3.5 hours
- 5:30-6:45 PM - Twilight SUP
- 7:00-8:00 PM - Dinner at Anjou (French cuisine) or BBQ
- 8:00 PM - Onsen
- April to July
- September toNovember
- ¥9,800/adult (tax included)
- ¥7,800/child(tax included)
- Priceincludes guide fee, SUP set(SUP board, paddle, life-jacket), dinner, onsen fee
- 2-6 people
<Meeting Time and Place>
Okuise Forestpia Lounge
993 Sono, Odai-cho, Taki-gun, Mie Prefecture
<Access to Okuise Forestopia>
- 30 minutes bytown bus from Misedani Station on the JR Kisei Main Line (get off at Okuise Forestpia)
- 15 minutes bytaxi from Misedani Station on the JR Kisei Main Line
- 20 minutes by car from the Kisei Expressway “OmiyaOdai” IC
- About 5 hours by train
- About 5.5 hours by car
- About 3.5 hours by train
- About 2.5 hours by car
- About 3 hours by train
- About 1.5hours by car