河野 健児 Kenji Kono
Director of Green Field in Nozawa Onsen, Nagano Prefecture, a village with four colorful seasons
Kenji is the director of Nozawa Green Field, which offers SUP tours, tree camping, SUP camping, and other new forms of outdoor fun that have never existed before. He is also involved in product development for ski brand Vector Glide and SUP brand Peaks 5 and is a multifaceted provider of outdoor activities and gear.
Nozawa Onsen is located in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture, which changes colors from season to season. I have enjoyed various outdoor activities in this nature-rich mountain and waterside ford. Among them, I have found tree camping, SUP, and farming to be especially fun and appealing, and I decided I would like to share these experiences with others. With this in mind, I launched Green Field, where you can experience the fun, food, and culture of Nozawa Onsen's natural surroundings. We offer services such as SUP tours on the Shinano River, tree camps limited to one group per day, e-bike tours, ski lectures on the slopes in winter, and rice planting in spring. We aim to support the creation of a place where we can receive, protect, and appreciate the many benefits of the great nature that is our playground.
Q: What is your most memorable experience in nature?
Taking part in a SUP camp on the Shimanto River.
Q: What does nature represent to you?
The happiest playground.
Q: What has nature taught you?
That richness of mind and body are gained from coexistence with nature.
Q: What do you hope that people will get out of experiences with you as a guide?
I want people to feel the quality of well-being that comes from being in nature.