In Kochi they have many beautifully clear rivers trickling and gushing down their mountains. This one is in/near Nakatsukeikoku.
No one was making a song and dance about this one but i would really like to.
Evidently it has been appreciated by locals for some time.
It did help that the sun was shining to show off the clarity of the water. It just needed to be a little bit hotter outside for me to jump right in. (water is freezing cold)
There’s a well cared for path to follow upstream to the waterfalls and viewpoints. The gorge is very dramatic at points.
We only saw 3 other visitors on our 1 hour exploration of the river. Why is it so quiet?
This hotel is called Yunomori, and I want to stay there. It’s at the beginning of the trail up river. I hope everyone who stays goes to see the waterfall but I got the feeling they don’t. We had lunch here, sitting outside, and it was of a really high standard and less than 1000yen. There was a pasta set and a traditional Japanese set and they were both great, and included coffee.
There is this nice veranda for looking out over the valley.
After lunch we relaxed at the onsen. I love the outside bath (‘rotenburo’) . Maybe it was the time of the day but men’s and women’s side were both empty.
After onsen its nice to have an icecream… We had a ‘buntan’ sorbet. All across Shikoku they seem to have hundreds of different kinds of citrus fruits, ones like clementines, lemons, yuzu, grapefruits but slightly different. After we bought a bag of really delicious ‘konatsu’ which is like half clementine half grapefruit and you are recommended to enjoy peeled but with some white, inner peel bit left on. yum!