A dam controls flow for the Kiyotsu.
Having had so much fun on the lower run, we confer that camping at
put-in is good so we should minimize driving and try the rarely done
upstream section. We drive through a few ski resorts that happen to
have the world's cutest mascots; eventually finding put-in. Said
put-in is the dam, and we are quickly turned away by authorities.
Perhaps there is an alternate put-in? We search around a while but have
no luck, and eventually return to take out. Skunked. A few of us paddle
from the take out bridge down to our previous put-in and it's pretty
fun. Then we load up and head to a new area. We've heard good beta on a
short little section of the Shimagawa.
If only I had the thought of pulling out
the tripod and doing a long exposure for this beautiful morning.
Champarling. Is it
champagn in a can? You'll have to try it to find out.
I think someone is having regrets about
a rushed last second gasket repair.
Arriving in the afternoon, we park just
below a dam. No authorities
around this time, so we get ready. Skunked Japan style; there is still
paddle a new river. The Shimagawa proves to be short, fun, incredibly
scenic and one of the most friendly rivers in the world. Yet another
Japanese classic that should be on the hit list. If a two minute run
can be considered classic.
Yoshihiro Takahashi getting a few paddle
Lush vegetation and clear water...Shannamar Dewey.