Kōchi’s Picturesque Shimanto River

The Shimanto River

The Sada-chinka Bridge spans the lower course of the Shimanto River.

The Shimanto River at 196 kilometers in length is the longest waterway in Shikoku, winding from its headwaters on the slopes of Mount Irazu through picturesque countryside to Tosa Bay on the Pacific coast.

Known as Japan’s last pristine river, it supports numerous traditional fishing practices, including hiburi, torchlight fishing, and shibazuke, a trap made from evergreen branches. There are 48 bridges spanning the river that are specially designed low and without rails to resist being swept away when the river floods. The river remains a vital artery as well as natural inspiration for residents.

Website: VISIT KOCHI JAPAN (Shimanto Rriver)

(Banner photo: The Shimanto River winds along its course. Information courtesy of the Kochi Visitors and Convention Association.)