- A thousand years, a hidden hamlet.
- Going deep into the valley.
Regional ：Nishi-Awa / Tokushima
Going back in time. For more than a thousand years, traditional agriculture and farming culture have been passed down in Nishi-Awa, Shikoku, the historical site of such legends as Heike Ochudo. The traditional food culture, which centers on long-standing products such as grains, soba (buckwheat) and potatoes, can still be seen in the lives of the people who are known as the “people of the sky.” The mountain villages that spread out like a fan across the steep mountain range are so beautiful that they can be rightly called “Shangri-la”.
Local foods Soba-rice porridge
A variety of grains are grown in the steep fields on the mountains of Nishi-Awa. “Soba-rice porridge” is a unique local dish that uses soba (buckwheat) instead of rice and is said to have been made by nostalgic warriors who had escaped during wartime from the capital city (Kyoto) to this region where rice - a staple of the Japanese diet - could not be obtained.
Also, why don’t you try “Dekomawashi,” which is a local grilled dish of potatoes, konjaku, and firm tofu roasted on a skewer around “Irori” (the Japanese traditional fireplace), or wild game dishes hunted in the hills and fields? Your heart and body will be satisfied as you sit around the fireplace in the elegant and traditional ancient homes while having a friendly conversation with the villagers and eating local cuisine.
In villages such as Ochiai, Sarukai and Nishinosho, you can see the unique landscape of mountain villages with steep fields, ancient homes, and stone walls that spread out across the mountains varying in altitude as much as 400 meters. Such landscape is exactly a "paradise-like different world" as described by an Asian cultural researcher Alex Kerr.
The attraction of Nishi-Awa is that you can experience the abundant “gifts of the mountains and rivers,” which includes stays at farm lodges and ancient homes where you will experience “life culture” and “food culture” by interacting with local people living in the mountain villages in harmony with nature, trekking in the sacred mountains of Tsurugi, as well as rafting and other river sports and pleasure cruises on the Yoshino River system.
Approximately 1 hour by car from Tokushima Airport, luxurious stores built in the 19th Century line the streets of Udatsu in Waki, which prospered as an area of indigo dye production. Create unforgettable memories by spending a fulfilling time in agricultural experience at the sloped fields of Sarukai village, which is on a 40-degree slope, or by spending a relaxing time at the well-maintained ancient homes built hundreds of years ago.
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