Follow the beautiful Niyodo River to its source and you"ll find yourself in a veritable Shangri-La; a region blanketed with blossoming peach trees like the peach grove-encircled paradise of Chinese lore. From late March until mid-April, the Kamikuki area of Niyodogawa Town is abloom with charming pink and white peach blossoms. For the last 15 years, the local residents have been planting a kind of peach tree particularly resilient to cold called the Hana Peach (Prunus persica) in hopes of making their town a new sightseeing destination. Developed to be beautiful to look at, the blossoms are used as decorations for the Momo-no-Sekku doll festival (a festival day celebrating the growth of little girls). A thousand of these beautiful trees dot the hillside as if enveloping the town. The river that runs through the town"s valley is pristine and clear, its distinctive aquamarine color has become known in as "Niyodo Blue." The blue waters and verdant greenery combine with the white, red, and pink of the blossoms, creating a contrast that can only be viewed at this time of year.
Additionally, on the way to the town, you"ll find Kamikuki submersible bridges. Don"t miss out on capturing the scenery in a photo - both the rugged rocks, representing the river"s uppermost stream, and the bridges. The locals have worked hard to attract visitors. Parking spaces and restrooms are available when the peach blossoms are in bloom. Although Japan"s spring cherry blossom viewing season is famous worldwide, the peach blossoms in Kamikuki give visitors the opportunity to enjoy a different kind of Japanese spring scenery.
Kamikuki, Niyodogawa Town, Agawa County, Kochi Prefecture
Industry & Construction Section, Niyodogawa Town Office TEL: +81-889-35-1083
●About 1 hour 30 minutes by car from Kochi Interchange on the Kochi Expressway.