The mountainous and forested setting of Minakami contributes well to its image as an outdoor sports haven, and one of the top adventure destinations in Japan. In the winter the town's steep mountain slopes become covered in deep snow, and the half dozen or so snow resorts in the area open up for skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
Come April the spring melt from all that snow swells the Tone River running through Minakami, creating ideal conditions for a number of river sports such as whitewater rafting, kayaking and canyoning. Also offered during the warmer months are bungee jumping, mountain biking and hiking, as well as new adventure sports that are continuously being added in the Minakami area.
Most activities are only available as either half day or full day guided tours, and during specific seasons. English speaking guides are available for most tours and activities.
Additionally, nearby Mount Tanigawa is a popular mountain climbing and hiking spot from spring to fall, and in the winter it has a ski resort with one of the highest and deepest snow bases in Japan.