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Shimanto River Cruise Dinner

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Spectacular views and delicious dining fit for a Tosa lord

Kochi Prefectural Government



There are many ways to enjoy Kochi Prefecture’s magnificent Shimanto River, but one of the most relaxing is aboard a yakatabune river boat. Slowly drifting down Japan’s last free-flowing river, passengers can gaze out the windows of the traditional tatami-floored boat and be transported to another time. Yakatabune, also known as pleasure boats, used to be reserved only for Japan’s upper classes, who would enjoy elite entertainment and eat elaborate meals onboard.


The river cruise offers similarly refined dinners to passengers today, recreating the feeling of a floating party. Local delicacies are beautifully presented and paired with Kochi’s refined sake (or non-alcoholic options). The boat’s engine is shut off for much of the cruise, to ensure guests have a peaceful experience and can hear the soothing sounds of the river and their dining companions!


The cruise lasts about 80 minutes, giving you plenty of time to take in the views of the river valley, clear water and enjoy the cuisine. Cruises run all year round giving you a chance to take in the area’s nature in any season, thanks to cozy heaters. Sit back and relax during this tranquil and elegant cruise.


How to get there


About 20 minutes by car from Nakamura Station or Shimanto City center. Public transportation does not run during cruise tour times



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