Kiso River

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Kiso River
Kiso River from Mount Igi 2010-02-28.JPG
Kiso River and bridge (Inuyamatoushukourain'oohashi)
seen from Mount Igi.
Physical characteristics
 - locationMount Hachimori
 - elevation2,446 m (8,025 ft)
 - location
Ise Bay
Length229 km (142 mi)
Basin size5,275 km2 (2,037 sq mi)
 - average169 m3/s (6,000 cu ft/s)
Basin features
River systemKiso River

The Kiso River (木曽川, Kiso-gawa) is a river in Japan roughly 229 km long, flowing through the prefectures of Nagano, Gifu, Aichi, and Mie before emptying into Ise Bay a short distance away from the city of Nagoya.[1] It is the main river of the Kiso Three Rivers (along with Ibi and Nagara rivers) and forms a major part of the Nōbi Plain. The valley around the upper portion of the river forms the Kiso Valley.

Parts of the Kiso River are sometimes referred to as the Japan Rhine because of its similarities to the Rhine in Europe.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis Frédéric et al. (2005). "Kiso-gawa" in Japan encyclopedia, p. 529., p. 529, at Google Books; n.b., Louis-Frédéric is pseudonym of Louis-Frédéric Nussbaum, see Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Authority File Archived 2012-05-24 at


  • Nussbaum, Louis Frédéric and Käthe Roth. (2005). Japan Encyclopedia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5; OCLC 48943301
Japan Rhine seen from Sarubami Castle

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35°02′04″N 136°44′43″E / 35.034563°N 136.745333°E / 35.034563; 136.745333Coordinates: 35°02′04″N 136°44′43″E / 35.034563°N 136.745333°E / 35.034563; 136.745333 (mouth)