The Shimanto River

The Shimanto River

Japan's most beautiful river tucked in a forgotten corner of Shikoku Island.

Running from the western Shikoku mountains into the Pacific Ocean in the south-west corner of the island, the Shimanto River remains un-dammed and is therefore said to be the last free-flowing river in Japan. Certainly, untainted by industry, the river flows through a beautiful, scenic corner of Japan little visited by Western tourists. 47 chinkabashi or low water crossings span the river at regular intervals. The bridges don't have guardrails to prevent them from being washed away in a flood.

The Shimanto River

located in Ekawasaki

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