Welcome to Shimanto City
Shimanto City (四万十市), formerly called Nakamura, is easily confused with Shimanto town, further up the coast – don't worry, even locals get confused! Both Shimanto City and the town further north chose their name as Shimanto-gawa is known throughout Japan for its beauty and as the country's last remaining undammed river. Shimanto City claimed the name as this is where the river heads out to the sea. Shimanto town claimed the name as the river's headwaters are within its boundaries.
Shimanto City is a good place to organise trips on and around the beautiful Shimanto-gawa (四万十川) and the surrounding valley. The further up the river you go, the more remote and beautiful it all becomes.