Nakamura, the Town of Last Pure Shimanto River and Dragonfly
Nakamura was built by a former Kanpaku (samurai government general), Norifusa Ichijo, after he escaped from war fires in Kyoto and came to this place to reproduce Kyoto corresponding with the ancient topography. The city followed the grid pattern like Kyoto and some of the areas were named after those in Kyoto such as Gion, Kyo-machi, Kamogawa and Higashiyama. The urban area is surrounded by the pure Shimanto River and its tributary, the Ushiro River. This landscape with rivers closely resembles Kyoto. The Ichijo Family in the Tosa region prospered for 106 years through five generations. The family was strongly influenced by Kyoto culture and created a unique elegant cultural sphere which has been inherited by modern-day Nakamura. The nature in this city retains its original landscape including the Shimanto River and is known as an exceptional habitat for dragonflies as well as wild birds.
Sightseeing Highlights in Nakamura
The last pure stream, the Shimanto River, has rich river resources and is the habitat for more than 200 different kinds of fish. Along the river is a great place to appreciate nature with outdoor activities including excursions by boat, kayaking, camping and more.
Tonbo Natural Park, Shimanto River Gakuyu-kan Museum
Fuba Hachiman-gu Shrine
Yasunami Waterwheel Village
Shimanto City Folk Museum
City’s historical documents are exhibited. Great view from the rooftop of the museum.
*The museum is presently closed due to renovation. Some parts are scheduled to be reopened in March, 2018, and fully opened in February 2019.
Important Annual Events in Nakamura
Shimanto River Flower Trip, Willow Grove and Field Mustard Blossom in Nyuta
This mustard blossom field is spread out along the Shimanto River. At the site, an out-door tea ceremony, a Japanese harp music concert, local products fairs and a bamboo lantern light up will be held.
Shimanto Riverside Full Walk
Tosa Ichijo Imperial Procession (Wisteria Festival)
This is a grand pageant procession recreating the day when the former Kanpaku, chief advisor to the Emperor, Norifusa Ichijo, entered Nakamura City. The court noble procession consists of 200 participants and will parade through the city.
Shimanto Citizen Festival (Dance & Lantern Parade)
All Japan Joro-gumo Silk Spider Sumo Competition
Shimanto River Swimming and Marathon Race
Daimonji Okuribi Bon Fire
Shimanto Summer Firework Festival
Fuba Hachiman-gu Shrine Taisai Festival
Shimanto River Ultra Marathon
Traditional Crafts of Nakamura
Food & Specialties of Nakamura
Tosa Meika “Taisaku-san”
Aosa-nori Seaweed Tempura
Fried River Shrimp
- A 5-min. walk from Nakamura Station on Tosa Kuroshio Railways
- Shimanto City Tourism Association
- TEL：0880-35-4171 / FAX：0880-34-1144
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