Gifu Camp Offers Mountains, River And Whatever Floats Your Boat

Gifu camp offers mountains, river and whatever floats your boat

SEKI, Gifu Prefecture--Tourists have flocked to a camp in the deep mountains here in central Japan for a chance to "levitate" over the Itadorigawa river.

When the water is crystal clear and the sunlight is bright enough to cast a crisp shadow on the riverbed, a rubber boat on the surface looks like it is floating in air, according to Tomohiro Iguchi, who works at the Itadori campground in the area.

Families and couples made the journey to the camp on Aug. 30 for a chance to have their photos taken while "levitating" in a boat over the river. Such photo events cost 1,000 yen ($9.10) and reservations are required. Life jackets are optional.

"Waiting for the right sunlight was tricky, but I am definitely satisfied with the result," said a 43-year-old man from Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, who made a reservation a month ago.

The desired effect is not guaranteed. The photographer must find the right angle to keep the boat and shadow apart but in the same frame, and hope for the right conditions, to make the subject appear to be floating in air.

For information, visit the the Itadori campground's web site (