Longest Rivers in Japan

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Bandai Bridge on Shinano River © beve4/Flickr

Though Japan is located on thousands of small islands, the four major islands are quite huge. In addition, more than 70 percent of the country is occupied by mountains. These mountainous areas of the Japanese Archipelago give place to hundreds of brooks, streams, but significant rivers are present as well.

Not all the Japanese rivers are long or known world-widely, but in the country they have special importance. Several river banks serve as popular picnic spots or esplanades. The rivers in Japan are short, rapid-flowing, with steep gradients. Waterfalls are not rare phenomenon in the mountainous landscape of the country. This article presents the three longest Japanese rivers. If you love nature, consider taking a walk on the banks of Shinano, Tone or Ishikari rivers.

 

Shinano

Shinano

Shinano River © k14/Flickr

Shinano-gawa is the longest and also the largest river in The Land of the Rising Sun. It is located on the island of Honshu and it has its rise in the Japanese Alps, especially at Mount Kobushi. It flows towards North, and it empties into the Sea of Japan. The length of Shinano is 228 miles (or 367 kilometer).

Due to its considerable size, Shinano-gawa serves as an inland waterway as well. Niigata is the most important and the final port town of the river. Okozu Canal is the most important ‘establishment’ on the river: it not only prevents floods in Niigata, but it also fills important rice fields around the city of Niigata.

 

Tone

Tone River

Sunset on Tone River ©dichohecho/Flickr

Tone-gawa is the second longest Japanese river: its length is 200 miles (322 kilometer). The river is located on Honshu island, Kanto region. Its source is in the Echigo Mountains, at Mount Ominakami. It empties in the Pacific Ocean. As Shinano, this river is an important inland waterway too.

From the point of view of tourism, Tone River is quite significant: Minakami Onsen, a very popular hot spring is located at the source of the river. Between April and June, the river is visited by tourists who are interested in rafting and kayaking. Over 12 kilometers serve as excellent kayaking places.

 

Ishikari

Ishikari

Port on Ishikari River, Sapporo ©SurfaceWarriors/Flickr

Ishikari-gawa is the third longest river in Japan; its length it 167 miles (268 kilometers). Also, it is the longest river on the island of Hokkaido. The river originates from the Taisetsu Mountain Range, from Mount Ishikari. After its drainage area, it the second largest river of the country. It empties in the East Sea.

The landscape on the bank of Ishikari is amazing: many stunning views, especially cherry trees and beautiful mountains are located near the river. If you are in Hokkaido and you have some free time, do not hesitate to have a picnic on the bank of Ishikari!

 

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Bandai Bridge on Shinano River © beve4/Flickr

 

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