Curious about what Japan's policies are in regards to owning or controlling rivers.
In the U.S. it is basically a state by state issue with some giving the owners of the property a river runs through control of it, but many dictating that you cannot own flowing water.
The reason I ask is that I enjoy kayaking and I'm wondering what my rights are if I want to just drop in at a popular spot that is being used by some type of recreational tours or rentals company.
I've already had a minor run-in with someone who claimed that if I wanted to paddle in waters that they use for payees, I'd have to cough up an hourly fee.
I just smiled and gave a few "wakarimasen"s and continued about my business, but I fear one day it may escalate and I doubt anyone carries around a book of covenants and bylaws.
Obviously most Japanese, to avoid confrontation at all costs, would just bow deeply whilst profusely apologizing and then turn with tail between legs.
I'm not wired like that!
Thanks in advance for any insight on this.