Packrafting in Tokyo with the Anfibio Nano RTC

Elliott
2 min readOct 9, 2023

I recently bought the Anfibio Nano RTC, a very affordable watercraft called a packraft, and took it out on Nakagawa River (旧中川) for a test spin. This raft is tiny, and it and all of its accessories (ex-paddle) fit completely in one small backpack-like waterproof bag.

The packraft, broken down
Anfibio Nano-RTC in all its glory

Since most navigable waterways and lakes in Japan are open to use by the public for unpowered transits, I figured I would try it on the cheap. This model of raft is suitable really for only slowly moving / flat water, but that covers many stretches of natural rivers, reservoir lakes, natural lakes, and man-made rivers.

It floats!

Along this path there were blooming spider lilies, a view of Tokyo Tower, some white cranes, and fish jumping up out of the water to catch bugs.

Some of the views along the way

There are a few learning points for next time I go rafting:

  • If returning via the same station, store my phone, keys, wallet and anything I might fret to lose in the station lockers
  • I probably shouldn’t use a paddle tie, even on flat water; they’re not safe
  • After first inflating the raft, you should let it sit in the water for 10–15m and cool down before hand-pumping it back up to full pressure, as the water cools down the air

Pros of the Anfibio Nano RTC:

  • It’s very cheap and very compact
  • It has lots of storage inside it because of the roll-top closure
  • The seal was perfect
  • It sets up in 5m
  • The material it’s made of seems quite durable

Cons:

  • It doesn’t handle particularly well (but hey, it’s a raft!)
  • I probably cannot find paddles that break down to be very tiny

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Elliott

Personal interests in literature, SF, and whisky/whiskey/scotch, Software Engineer by Trade