From the Kansai area there is easy access to both mountains and the ocean.. One can enjoy outdoor activities throughout the year. One of the most popular activities is Kitayama River Rafting. The Kitayama River is located in Wakayama prefecture, and it is known as the biggest river in the Kansai. There are also several places where you can ride horses in Hyogo prefecture. You can try horse trekking where you would may ride a horse through beautiful woods and along the riverside.