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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Interested in this Experience? It is included in this tour:

  • Explore the rural heartlands of Japan whilst helping to sustain unique aspects of Japanese culture and tradition on this classic two-week trip.

    Secrets of Shikoku

    Our Secrets of Shikoku itinerary circumnavigates the valleys and mountains of beautiful rural Shikoku, including time on the art island of Naoshima as well as stays in historic Kyoto and super-modern Osaka.

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    Explore the rural heartlands of Japan whilst helping to sustain unique aspects of Japanese culture and tradition on this classic two-week trip.

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  • Shitamachi Tokyo old town

    Shitamachi Tokyo old town

    Experience the old town Tokyo atmosphere in the Shitamachi district.

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  • Tsunami coast exploration

    Tsunami coast exploration

    Explore the industrial city of Ishinomaki on the Tohoku coast to see how it's recovering following the 2011 tsunami.

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