The Yoshino River (吉野川 ''Yoshino-gawa'') is a river
on the island of Shikoku
. It is long and has a watershed of . It is the second longest river in Shikoku (slightly shorter than the Shimanto
), and is the only river whose watershed spreads over the four prefectures of the island.
It is regarded as one of the three greatest rivers of Japan along with the Tone
and the Chikugo
, and is nicknamed Shikoku Saburō (四国三郎; ''Saburō'' is a popular given name for a third son).
The Yoshino rises from Mount Kamegamori (瓶ケ森) in Ino
, Kōchi Prefecture
and flows to the east. In Ōtoyo
it turns to the north and crosses the Shikoku Mountains. The gorge, named Ōboke Koboke
, is a famous tourist attraction of Shikoku. In Ikeda
, Tokushima Prefecture
it turns to the east again and pours into the Kii Channel
at the north of Tokushima city
. Its major tributaries include Ananai, Iya, Dōzan, Sadamitsu, and Anabuki.
The river has some "submerged bridges" (潜水橋 ''Sensuikyō''), equivalents of ''Chinkabashi'' of the Shimanto, which lack parapets in order not to be washed away by floods. Reconstruction of the Yoshino Daiju Dam (吉野川第十堰 ''Yoshino-gawa Daijūzeki'') near its mouth provoked much controversy among environmentalists.
Category:Rivers of Kōchi Prefecture
Category:Rivers of Tokushima Prefecture
Category:Rivers of Japan