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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.

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

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


See alsoEdit


  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)