The Hiji River rises near the Tosaka Pass in Uwacho, Seiyo in Ehime Prefecture. First it flows to the south, turning eastwards in southern Seiyo. In Nomura, it turns to the north, thereafter snaking across the Shikoku Mountains. The river flows faster as it passes through Ozu, where the Garyu Sanso villa is perched on a bluff above a bend in the river.
The middle reaches of the river formed the Ozu basin. Here the river opens up and flows more smoothly, forming part of the defenses of Ozu Castle. In its lower reaches, the Hiji passes through a valley and flows directly into the Seto Inland Sea. With a length of 103 km, it’s relatively long, although its headwaters and river mouth are only 18 km apart in a straight line, indicative of the very winding course that the Hiji River takes.
There are many ways to enjoy the river including swimming, canoeing, SUP, and various pleasure boats. At Ozu, the river is the scene of traditional cormorant fishing.
Name in Japanese: 肱川
Address: 3030 Hijikawacho Uwagawa, Ozu, Ehime Prefecture 797-1503