Nametoko Gorge is designated as one of the “100 best water source forests”. There are a number of highlights in the gorge including Yukiwa Falls, designated one of the “best 100 waterfalls in Japan”, clear water streaming down a gigantic monolith, and the scenic place known as “Senjojiki”, where haiku gatherings and tea ceremonies were once held. Take a relaxing drive through the countryside and finish off your day soaking in the local hot spring. Recharge yourself in natural surroundings far away from the everyday!
↓Approx. 2 hrs 30 min by car
↓Approx. 2 hrs 30 min by car
Nametoko Gorge is located along the upper branch of the Meguro River, a tributary of the Shimanto River. It features smooth channels of eroded granite stone. The clear stream water gushing through huge rocks known as ‘Senjojiki’ or ‘Deainame is a particular highlight. Yukiwa Falls, streaming down a gigantic monolith, is an icon of Nametoko Gorge and designated as one of the “best 100 waterfalls in Japan”. The approximately 12 km of walking trails are well maintained. The gorge is a popular location for people to enjoy a walk through some incredible natural surroundings, especially during the seasons of spring greens and autumn leaves.
Approx. 30 min by car
Michi-no-Eki Nijinomori Koen Matsuno “Shimanto-gawa Gakushu Centre Osakana-kan”
“Shimanto-gawa Gakushu Centre Osakana-kan” exhibits creatures living in the pristine Shimanto River, from the upper streams of places such as the Nametoko Gorge down to the river estuary. This one-of-a-kind aquarium focuses on the freshwater fish of the Shimanto River. During weekends and public holidays don’t miss popular events such as the “Osampo Penguin”, a chance for a picture with the local penguins as they walk around the premises, or bathing time for the small performing crocodilian “Daigoro” (Cuvier’s dwarf caiman). In addition to the wildlife the local glass studio “Mori-no-Kuni Glass Kobo Kazane” manufactures eco-friendly recycled glass and offers tours demonstrating glass making, sandblasting and glassblowing (bookings required), as well as hands-on classes of glass art production.
Approx. 1 hr by car
Michi-no-Eki Minato Oasis Yawatahama Minatto “Minatto Koryukan”
“Yawatahama Minatto ” is a roadside station by the sea in the port city of Yawatahama. Located in the city centre and accessible to high streets, it is a hub for tourism and community activities. The “Minatto Koryukan” is a great place to collect information on the city sights thanks to the knowledgeable staff. The neighbouring park is a great place for a walk. With a promenade along the port and a view of the terrace fields of Mikan (satsuma) in the distance, enjoy a walk in the sea breeze and gentle citrus flavours.
Approx. 45 min by car
JR Shimonada Station
JR Shimonada Station was known as Japan’s closest station to the sea until the construction of national highway 378 “Yuyake-koyake Line” along the shore. Nonetheless the station is still very popular with railway fans, and is a favourite location for shooting films and TV dramas, and was famously used to advertise Japan Rail’s Seishun 18 Ticket. The views are spectacular at any time: from the sunshine sparkling on the surface of the sea during the day, to the glowing sunset over the golden sea at dusk.