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BelindaL_17
Singapore77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We took the Oboke boat ride, and we were lucky to be the only 2 on the boat! The ticket counter staff were so friendly and we felt really welcome to be there. The boat ride was smooth, picturesque and enjoyable. They asked what language we were comfortable with, and played an English recorded commentary so that we know what to look out for. The ticket is 1080 yen, and the ride is approximately 30 mins. You could reach there by bus from Oboke station, or via taxi.
Written 25 February 2020
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
A lot of white-water runs through Oboke and Koboke’s narrow canyons, which have steep mountainsides. This makes it a great place for whitewater rafting. The 5th day of the 5th lunar month is a festival for Japanese boys, There are boys' families with outdoor flags, using the carp flag instead of the stream, in the hope that boys can make a good start, in the future to "carp jump the dragon door". This is the Grand Canyon in Tokushima Prefecture, full of carp.
Written 19 May 2019
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Leonard G
New York251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
Oboke is a good stop for visiting the Iya Valley in Shikoku. I like it because of the fantastic mountain and valley views, its azure colored rivers and many onsen spas, as well as my favorite Japanese guest house, Kunelasob. Easily accessible by train, the Oboke station is also a stop on the Iya Valley tourist bus circuit, providing public transportation to all the nearby places of interest. The local tourist info office in the train station is very helpful and can tell you (English and Japanese) what to see and how to get around. Some of the popular activities are white water rafting and an open boat gorge visit. Autumn leaf watching is best in November.
Written 18 October 2016
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SFBayAreaTrekker
San Francisco Bay Area (CA)563 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
the guide only spoke Japanese to a bunch of English speaking tourists on the river boats.

We would have loved to hear more about the gorges, the rock formation, the landscape. All beautiful, but without the narrative context, rather bland.

The river boats meander down the river a bit, before heading back up-river to the docking area. You will love to see how they integrated the man-made infrastructures to the natural surrounding. Totally respectful of nature. We visited after a storm so the water was murky, and there were little wildlife roaming around.

While we did not go on a rafting excursion, we saw many rafts, kayaks, and a couple of those participants floating down the river.
Written 14 September 2016
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bkpkwok
Hong Kong340 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
We toured the site both by boat and walking, and considered walking on a higher level could give us a better view and angle for photo-taking. We took the boat ride first and it was pretty windy at the loading and unloading point. One could get a closer look of the gigantic rocks down at river level and feel the height of the cliff. While walking at a higher level could give you a better feel of the valley, the flow and power of the river and its surrounding. Would also like to suggest a drive around the Oboke and Koboke area for nice scenery (especially with Fall colours) and its nearby natural landscape.
Written 6 December 2017
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Jbrown2456
Salt Lake City, UT12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
Bottom line up front: For anyone who enjoys the outdoors this is a must do trip if you are coming to Japan. This company is awesome.

My wife and I just spent the day with the Happy Raft company. The ride was awesome with a good mixture of small to medium sized rapids and smooth areas where you could take a swim in the river. We came up with a group of about 40 Americans and the company was able to provide English speaking guides for every boat, several of the guides were native English speakers, including the owner of the company which made getting going and getting all our instructions that much easier.

The day trip provided an awesome lunch about 2 hours into the trip. The views from the river were awesome. By far this was my favorite thing that I have done in the 5 months I have lived in Japan. We look forward to other adventures with the Happy Raft company.

For anyone who enjoys the outdoors this is a must do trip if you are coming to Japan.
Written 2 June 2013
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Mish_H50
Japan381 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Friends
Oboke and Koboke are best viewed by the cruises offered. from the street level you can get nice glimpses as well. If you do choose to take the cruise, make sure to do it before 2pm, afterwards as its a valley, it gets a bit dark.
Written 28 November 2016
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vdsl90
Toronto, Canada447 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
The river and surrounding mountains were all in one natural setting unspoiled by man. The rocks in the river were carved over time. The trees were untouched as they grew hundreds of feet towards the sky. Must visit to witness how nature should be and could be preserved by mankind.
Written 2 November 2016
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Barbara W
Utah395 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
I was with a tour group that took the boat trip downstream to the bridge and then turned around. We were given a pamphlet printed in English that included some geologic information in rather broken and contorted form (kind of like the rocks in the gorge!) and a mention of the Lion Rock which needs a lot of imagination to "see." On the boat ride itself, all information was spoken in Japanese. I found the ride boring, but had watched rafting parties lower in the gorge. That looked like fun and I would recommend investigating it. Otherwise, I would not go out of my way to hit this tourist spot.
Written 6 September 2016
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Lara N
Takamatsu, Japan146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
Oboke Koboke is a far cry from the typical images of bullet trains and skyscrapers which most people think of when they envision Japan. However, it is a view of the practically untouched natural beauty of Shikoku. It is easy to imagine samurai hiding out in the valleys, unseen from enemies, like they did centuries ago. Breathe the fresh air and relax as you only can when alone in a forest with a beautiful river view. The crags and boulders are stunning, and it is hard to believe that the emerald water is a natural shade.
Written 13 June 2016
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