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.

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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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「西阿波‧桃花源」~千年捉迷藏~每深入一步都會遇見更古老的風景

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四國的西阿波傳承了超過千年歷史的「傳統農業‧農業文化」,並留下平家落人傳說等歷史。 這一帶的傳統飲食文化以先祖流傳下來的「雜穀、蕎麥、番薯」品種為主,並且至今仍保留在被稱為「天上之人」的居民日常生活中。 這座呈扇形分布於險峻山地的山村 美得讓人覺得這裡就是「桃花源」。

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