Our aim is to create the most innovative design of folding kayak built with the latest materials and unparalleled craftmanship.

Builder profile


SHIZUOKA university BE in electoronic engineering

  • Participated in the Australian solar bicycle race WSCC 1996 Darwin to Adelaide. Continued to Australia Continental Bicycle Journey. Made the folding kayak on Tasmania Island, traveled a Tasmanian coastline, circle around macquarie harbor, murray river 1700 km.
  • Worked at a shipyard in Himeji, Yoko Co., Ltd. I participated in construction and test voyage (between Osaka and Guam) of  yacht “Corrasa 70” aimed at alone non-stop round the world . Learned shipbuilding technology.
  • Made Bamboo frame folding kayak and won the AMAMI SEA KAYAK MARATHON 2000 competition in 2 person folding kayak category.
  •  Invented idea of cockpit pod. Founded butterfly kayaks in 2008.

Media & Show

  • 2008 Exhibiting the Japan International Boat Show in YOKOHAMA  2008-2012 for 5 years.
  • 2011 Kobe news paper  「 harima bito
  • 2012 Kansai TV「yooi-don」
  • 2014 Building the special folding kayak for 2014 north pole expedition of Yasunaga Ogita.
  • 2014-2015 Professional adventure racer Yoki Tanaka crossed the SETO inland sea with crusoe 460 and crusoe500 .
  • Exhibiting Paddle Expo 2015 in germany.
  • 2016 「liart setouchi
  • 2017 KAZI publishing「 CANOE WORLD Vol.13」”visiting kayak builder”
  • 2018年 MITSUBISHI MotorsRVR active gear」catalog

Company profile

Butterfly Kayaks co.,Ltd.

saisho 325 himeji HYOGO 670-0981 JAPAN
TEL  :  (+81) 79-227-3066 FAX  : (+81) 79-298-1964
Mobile  :  (+81)90-5124-5974   E-mail  :