Shoot the rapids on one of Japan’s three largest rivers while enjoying spectacular river-front scenery.
The Nihon Rhine is located in the southern part of Gifu in a 13-kilometer valley that runs from the meeting point of the Kiso and Hida Rivers to Inuyama City in Aichi Prefecture. The river was named for its scenic resemblance to the River Rhine in Germany.
It takes about an hour to boat down the Nihon Rhine. The Kiso River is one of the three largest and swiftest flowing rivers in Japan and the Nihon Rhine is among the fastest flowing sections of the Kiso River. Feel the thrill of travelling down the valley by boat while gazing at mysteriously shaped rock formations and catching the spray of the white-water rapids. The final stop of the rafting adventure is at Inuyama Castle in Inuyama City, where the castle towers majestically over the northern banks of the Kiso River.
Places to see around the Nihon Rhine include the former Ota Inn on the Nakasendo, the former residence of the Hayashi Family at Ota-waki Honjin, and Nakasendo Hall. Here, visitors can experience the atmosphere of the Edo Period when the Nakasendo played a significant role in connecting eastern and western Japan. There are also small temples nearby.
[Rail] 2h to Nagoya Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line. 45 min from Nagoya to Mino Ota Station by JR Takayama Line, and 25 min from Gifu Station. 7-8 minutes from Mino Ota Station to Nihon Rhine Josen Center by taxi.
[Rail] 37 min from Shin-Osaka to Maibara Station by Shinkansen, and 40 min from Maibara to Gifu Station by JR Tokaido Line.
[Rail] 45 min to Mino Ota Station by JR Takayama Line, and 25 min from Gifu Station. 7-8 minutes from Mino Ota Station to Nihon Rhine Josen Center by taxi.