[Shimanto City, Kochi Prefecture] Introducing all the sightseeing boats you can't miss when you come to the Shimanto River!

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The Shimanto River is the longest river in western Japan, with a total length of 196 km, originating from Mt. Fuyu in Kochi Prefecture. Shimanto City, located in the southwestern part of Kochi Prefecture, is a city surrounded by a rich natural environment brought about by the Shimanto River.

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A must-see sightseeing boat when visiting the Shimanto River!

Shimanto River is something you go to in the summer...do you have that image? That's not true!

In fact, plankton decreases in winter, and the river becomes much clearer. It will be possible to see the riverbed, which was not possible in the summer.

To experience the Shimanto River in winter, which is different from summer, why not take a pleasure boat that brings you closer to the river?

If you want to buy a pleasure boat ticket at a bargain price! "Shimanto City Tourism Association"

Those who stop by the Shimanto City Tourism Association can purchase excursion boat tickets at a 10% discount. We also assist in making reservations on your behalf. We can also accommodate foreign visitors customers!

🛅🆓Free luggage storage [8:30-17:30]

🛜🆓Wi-Fi available

🚶Inside Nakamura Station Rotary

If you would like to purchase a pleasure boat ticket at a low price, please stop by the Shimanto City Tourism Association ↓

https://www.shimanto-kankou.com/

1. Sada Submerged Bridge “Sakoya”

This is a houseboat that starts from Sada Submerged Bridge, the longest submerged bridge at the downstream end of the Shimanto River. This course passes through two submerged bridges: Sada Submerged Bridge and Misato Submerged Bridge. The tour takes about 50 minutes.

*Reservations required for a minimum of 2 people.

Shimanto River Houseboat Sakoya

When you stop the engine and move along with just the paddle, you can enjoy the Shimanto River in a relaxing space away from the hustle and bustle of society.

Also, during the houseboat excursion, you will be served ``Karinto'' seasoned with green seaweed from the Shimanto River.

During the firefly season, you can enjoy the firefly boat, where you can enjoy the fireflies dancing wildly on the Shimanto River, and the Shimanto Summer Fireworks Festival . (By appointment only)

🍽️You can enjoy a meal (lunch box) on board. *Reservation required. Reservations can only be made for private customers.

🐶 Possible to share the boat with your dog *Please inquire

🚗About 20 minutes by car from Nakamura Station . 🚲About 50 minutes by bicycle .

2. Sanri Submerged Bridge “Shimanto no Ao”

This houseboat is based at " Misato Submerged Bridge ", which is the second bridge from the downstream of the Shimanto River. This course passes through the Sanri Subsidence Bridge and ends near the Sada Subsidence Bridge. The tour takes about 50 minutes.

Regular sightseeing pleasure boat [Operating hours 9:00-16:00] Operates at 0:00 every hour.

Houseboat Shimanto no Aoi

You can enjoy the Shimanto River even if you come casually with your friends or family.

You can board the houseboat without making a reservation in advance, but it may get crowded, so we recommend making a reservation in advance. (Open all year round)

When making a reservation for a private charter, you can specify the departure time of your choice according to your travel schedule. With the ``Private Enjoyment Course,'' you can enjoy eel, sweetfish, and charcoal-grilled river shrimp on board.

In addition, at ``Demonstration! Shimanto River Traditional Fishing Methods,'' customers can choose their own plan, including demonstration attractions of traditional fishing methods and ``seasonal courses.''

During the firefly season, a firefly boat operates where you can enjoy the fireflies dancing wildly on the Shimanto River. (By appointment only)

🍽️You can enjoy your meal on board. *Reservations required by 12:00 the day before .

🚗About 25 minutes by car from Nakamura Station. 🚲About 1 hour by bicycle .

3. Takase Submerged Bridge “Nattoku”

This houseboat is based at Takase Submerged Bridge, which is the third bridge from the downstream of the Shimanto River. This course passes through the Takase Submerged Bridge and goes around the most upstream of the three shrines where the original scenery of the Shimanto River remains. Approximately 50 minutes round trip.

Regular service [Operating hours: 9:00-16:00] Operates at 0:00 every hour.

Shimanto River Pleasure Boat Nattoku

We also have boats with tables and chairs as seats, which is rare among the pleasure boats operating on the Shimanto River. People with disabilities and people in wheelchairs can board the ship with peace of mind.

You will see `` Onigafuchi no Iwa '' where rock pines grow in clusters. Onigabuchi is an abyss with a depth of 14 meters.

You can enjoy the patterns on the rocks created by the flowing water of the Shimanto River and the action of the wind.

🍽️You can enjoy your meal on board. *Reservation required by the day before. In addition to regular flights and meal courses, we also have private gourmet courses. Reservations are required for meal courses and private gourmet courses by the day before. Private gourmet courses are available for a minimum of 3 people.

During the firefly season, a firefly boat operates where you can enjoy the fireflies dancing wildly on the Shimanto River. (By appointment only)

🚗About 30 minutes by car from Nakamura Station . 🚲About 1 hour and 40 minutes by bicycle .

4. Sailing boat “Funemo Roman Matsuhiroya”

This is a sailing boat that departs from the bridge `` Akatetsu Bridge '', which spans the center of Shimanto City's Nakamura district, about a kilometer upstream.

Departs every hour at 15 minutes (*Prior notice required)

You can enjoy the Shimanto River in a relaxed manner on the only sailboat among the Shimanto River sightseeing boats. The tour takes about 40 minutes.

In spring, you can enjoy rape blossoms along the shore, and azaleas in late April.

``Funemo'' (pronounced ``Senba'') was used by residents as a means of transportation and daily necessities in the Shimanto River basin from the mid-Meiji period to the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods.

Because the Shimanto River is large and flows slowly , it was possible to travel several tens of kilometers by sailing boat.

At ``Funemo Roman Matsuhiroya,'' you can enjoy sightseeing on boat tenders. The sailing boat moves quietly as it is pushed by the wind, making you feel closer to the nature of Shimanto.

You can enjoy a walk on the riverbank and experience rowing under a refreshing breeze.

The course goes back and forth from Irita, Shimanto City to the vicinity of Sada Submerged Bridge.

*Since there is no roof and you can enjoy the Shimanto River directly, it is mandatory to wear a life jacket .

🚗About 15 minutes by car from Nakamura Station . 🚲About 40 minutes by bicycle .

Those who want to know more about Shimanto City!

Shimanto City Tourism Association (Please feel free to contact us for any inquiries regarding Shimanto City tourism or to send us pamphlets.)

https://www.shimanto-kankou.com/

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The Hata region of Kochi Prefecture is located at the southwestern tip of Shikoku, and is a peninsula that juts out into the Pacific Ocean, facing Tosa Bay to the east and Bungo Channel to the west. It is made up of three cities, two towns, and one village: Hara Village. It is a natural powerhouse rich in blessings, including the nationally famous Shimanto River and Cape Ashizuri, the blessings of the Kuroshio Current that flows along the coast, and the blessings of mountains that boast the largest area of ​​forests in the country.

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