Nikobuchi: a waterfall plunge pool with crystal clear waters
This remote spot, located upstream on the Niyodo River, is considered one of the top spots to witness the surreal Niyodo Blue color of the river.
Nikobuchi is the plunge pool of a short but powerful waterfall, and the water is so transparent that despite the churning of the falls you can still see every detail on the bottom of the pool.
The waterfall basin is tucked away in a secluded valley surrounded by trees. The best time to catch the pool in full Niyodo Blue is around midday, when sunlight shines down directly onto the water. However, the varying shades of green and blue that change throughout the day are also worth the trek.
The path from the main road to Nikobuchi has been paved and a metal staircase takes you down to the rocky area by the basin. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear and clothing, for your own safety and comfort. Please be aware that Nikobuchi is considered a sacred place by local residents, so swimming in the pool is prohibited.
Address 高知県吾川郡いの町清水上分1278 (1278, Kiyomizu kamibun, Ino Town, Agawa Gun, Kochi Prefecture, Japan)
Telephone Number 088-893-1211
Ino Tourism Association
Directions●About 1 hr drive from Ino IC on Kochi Expressway
●About 20 min walk from Hodono Iriguchi bus stop (Tosaden Kotsu Bus)
Website Niyodo Blue Tourism Council
Map Code558 431 157*82