Playing in the Rivers
River RecreationMystical blue hue rising from the Ishizuchi Mountain Range
Omogo-gawa and Niyodo-gawa rivers shift their sparkling hues from shimmering emerald greens to deep sapphire blues. Over their long history, the flow of their endlessly clear water that rise from the Ishizuchi Mountain Range has formed the complex and beautiful gorges and rivers. The basin of the Omogo- and Niyodo-gawa rivers is an area perfect for visitors to get to know the rivers and to relive their childhood as they enjoy various river sports.
Niyodo-gawa, often called a miracle river that is neither blue or color of the sky
The color of the water of Niyodo-gawa, referred to as “Niyodo blue,” is a mysterious and indescribable hue. A spot where you can experience the Niyodo blue is the mystical Niko-buchi waterfall basin, a place that celebrates the deep blue jewel-like water. Beautiful water creates a stunning waterfront landscape. Here, you will find many almost forgotten waterfront scenes of the past like that of a lower water bridge, of dancing fireflies, and the fantastical hiburi (“torch kindling”) ayu fishing done using torch lights.
Beautiful gorges created over a mind-bogglingly long time by the natural elements of Ishizuchi
Omogo-kei gorge is located at the upper stream of the Omogo-gawa river on the foothills of the holy mountain of Izhizuchi and it is where the “Niyodo blue” originates. As you gaze at the transparent water that lets you to see clear to the riverbed, the smooth rocks polished by the currents, and the huge, strangely-shaped rocks towering before you, they begin to all seem like artwork created by nature.
For Details about Canoeing & RaftingCanoeing & Rafting
Play in the “clear stream of miracles,” the stream known for having the highest quality water in Japan. In the Niyodo-gawa in Ino-chō City (Kōchi Prefecture), take a canoe tour that anyone can enjoy with ease. From getting into a canoe to paddling, participants will be given a lecture on everything they need to know to enjoy canoeing, so everyone from beginners to experienced riders can have a good time.
Those who want to give river sports a try, we recommend a package that includes canoeing, rafting, and a river cruise. Rafting comes with a river guide so you can take part without worry even if you are not a good swimmer. Packages that include canoeing and snorkeling are also available. Aside from a swimsuit and towel, you essentially need nothing else in order to try any of these activities.
Ride a raft boat on the Niyodo-gawa surrounded by vast wilderness. Gently float down the river along a course that lets you experience the healing powers of nature. Fully take in the “Niyodo blue” and be invigorated by the nature as you play in the water.
For Details about CanyoningCanyoning
An outdoor sport that originated in France, canyoning is an activity that has only been enjoyed in Japan over the past few decades. The Omogo-kei gorge has a concentration of areas that are perfect for canyoning. As very little time is required for you to move from one point to another, more time can be spent playing in the clear waters of the river.
After you put on a wet suit and helmet, you can slide atop rocks, stand under a waterfall, and jump into a ravine. Perhaps the greatest appeal of canyoning is that even adults will experience their child side coming out as they play in the river. Have an unforgettable experience by becoming at one with the almost entirely untouched nature.
There are well-maintained paths leading to each of the canyoning spots. While there is a height restriction, visitors can bring their children to enjoy the beautiful gorge together.