Trip to Experience Nature in Nishi-Awa: Outdoor Activities on the Yoshino River and Mountains in Iya

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Iya in Miyoshi city, Tokushima prefecture is one of the hidden treasures of Japan. The Iya region is richly endowed with nature, such as the Yoshino River in the Oboke Gorge as well as Mt. Tsurugi, and is attracting much attention for outdoor activities. Here are the activities you should try when in Nishi-Awa.

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Savor Buckwheat-Rice Porridge, the Local Cuisine of Nishi-Awa, and Learn the History behind it

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If it is your first visit here, you will surely be amazed by the spectacular views of lush mountains with local houses and agricultural fields nestled peacefully on the steep mountainsides. This is Nishi-Awa, which is often called “the hidden place of Japan.” Let us explain the distinctive local cuisine of Nishi-Awa, buckwheat (soba in Japanese) rice porridge, which originated in this mountain village. This local specialty is considered to be closely connected with a historically significant event in Japan.

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Experience the Nature and History of the Nishiawa Area at the Thrilling Kazura Bridges

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This is a bridge that is sure to scare you. A squeaking sound follows each of your footsteps, making you feel weak at the knees and sweat with fear. This thrilling experience awaits you at kazura bridges in Nishiawa, Tokushima Prefecture. Woven with kazura, or vine species, the bridge arouses your curiosity not only with its dramatic appearance, but also because of its close ties with local history.

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Scenic Mountain Villages spread over a Height of 400 meters – an Ethereal World like the “Peach Blossom Spring”

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Have you ever heard of "Peach Blossom Spring”? It refers to a peaceful and fertile land filled with blossoming peach trees like utopia, described in the Chinese fable "Peach Blossom Spring". Are there such places in Japan too? One such place can be found in Nishi-Awa in Shikoku, one of the four main islands of Japan. Let’s take a look at the ethereal world of Nishi-Awa where you can enjoy unique views of mountain villages spread over a height of some 400 meters.

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Nishi-Awa:Shangri-la – A thousand years, a hidden hamlet. – Going deep into the valley.

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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”.

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