The deep mountainous area in the western part of Tokushima Prefecture has long been known as "Sora no Sato" ("Land of the Sky").The area retains the original landscape of Japan, including Mt. Tsurugi, the second highest mountain in western Japan, the beautiful gorges of Oboke and Koboke, and the unexplored Iya Valley.Visitors can feel the rural lifestyle nurtured by the Yoshino River that flows through Tokushima Prefecture, and at the "Udatsu no Machinami" , you can see the prosperous indigo merchants who used the Yoshino River's boat transport system.Visitors can also enjoy the unique cuisine of this area, such as Iya soba noodles, Handa somen noodles, and gibier.
Let's walk around the origin of indigo dyeing that dyed all of Japan blue! Udatsu townscape Model Course
Indigo is called "Japan blue" by people overseas.During the Edo period, Awa indigo flourished and was said to dye the whole of Japan. In Tokushima Prefecture, there are still residences of indigo merchants who sent sukumo, the source of indigo dye, to various parts of Japan. Why not take a leisurely stroll through the streets of the hometown of indigo?
Iya valley, an unexplored region surrounded by nature
When you hear the word "Iya," you may feel a faint sense of mystery. In the western part of Tokushima, known as the "Land of the Sky," Iya still preserves the old agricultural and mountain village life. The scenery, which looks "spectacular" to the traveler, also conveys the harshness of living in steep cliffs. The greatest charm of the Iya Valley may be the chance to see the daily lives of the people who have lived here for generations. Why not make Iya your "favorite unexplored region" by taking your time and not just taking a glance at the scenery?
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Mima City belongs to the northwestern region of Tokushima Prefecture and is located in the center of the northern part of the prefecture.
If you are bored with the usual scenery,head to Iya and Oboke.Feel the gentle flow of time in the unexplored valley or be healed in the hidden hot springs. Have fun rafting and eat handmade konnyaku and tofu made by local villagers.In the evening, make a toast to Ikeda City's local sake and gibier cuisine.
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Edible indigo tasting & Indigo handkerchief dyeing experience
★★Tasting of edible indigo and indigo dyeing experience using SUKUMO (indigo dyestuff ) produced by our company★★ ∴‥∵‥∴‥∵‥∴‥∴‥∵‥∴‥∵‥∴‥∴‥∵‥∴‥∵‥∴‥∴‥∵‥∴ Indigo has long been said that "indigo artisans never get sick," and because of its nutritional value and functionality, it has not only been popular as a dye, but has also been eaten for its health benefits. Although indigo is familiar as an indigo dye, it has been popular as a medicine since ancient times. Its use is described in China's oldest book on medicinal herbs, the "神農本草経". In Japan, indigo merchants were said to carry it in their pockets as a "good-luck charm" for long journeys during the Edo period. ∴‥∵‥∴‥∵‥∴‥∴‥∵‥∴‥∵‥∴‥∴‥∵‥∴‥∵‥∴‥∴‥∵‥∴ ●Enjoy "eating indigo" by tasting "Awa Ai Tea" made from edible indigo grown without using agricultural chemicals in the mountains of Mima City, Tokushima Prefecture, as well as sweets made from "indigo powder". *Please note that the sweets may change depending on the day of the event. ●Please enjoy dyeing of handkerchiefs (45 x 45 cm). *Aprons and gloves will be provided, so feel free to try it ! (^^)/ *Please do not wear anything with too long sleeves or hems, and shoes that you do not want to get dirty. 【Location】 Natural indigo dye - AI TANUKI 〒771-2106 63-1, Aza Tenjin, Kirai, Mima-cho, Mima City, Tokushima Prefecture *Site of former Kirai Kindergarten
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"Udatsu" is a firewall built on the second floor of a building to prevent fire from spreading to neighboring houses.This area is commonly known as "udatsu-no-machinami" ( udatsu townscape) because of the large number of udatsu at both ends of the townhouses. "Udatsu" were originally built for fire prevention, but since it cost a lot of money to install them, they became more decorative and gradually became a symbol of wealth and success. This street is ideal for strolling the town with its restaurants and general stores."Udatsu" is a firewall built on the second floor of a building to prevent fire from spreading to neighboring houses.This area is commonly known as "udatsu-no-machinami" ( udatsu townscape) because of the large number of udatsu at both ends of the townhouses. "Udatsu" were originally built for fire prevention, but since it cost a lot of money to install them, they became more decorative and gradually became a symbol of wealth and success. This street is ideal for strolling the town with its restaurants and general stores.
Mt. Tsurugi is selected as one of the 100 most famous mountains in Japan. At 1,955 meters above sea level, it is the second highest mountain in western Japan.You can take the mountain lift up to near the top. After about an hour's walk from the lift, you will arrive at the summit, where the observation deck offers a wonderful panoramic view. On a clear day, you can see Mt. Ishizuchi, which rises at the western edge of the Shikoku mountain range, as well as the Seto Inland Sea and Tosa Bay in the distance.
Vine bridges in the Iya valley
The vine bridge（Kazura bridge) is located in Iya, a hidden valley that holds the sad story of the Heike Clan. The bridge's graceful shape, reflected in the clear waters of the Iya River, creates a beautiful landscape in harmony with nature throughout the four seasons. The bridge, once the only transportation facility in the deep mountain valley area, has been designated as a National Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property and is now a popular tourist attraction.The bridge is made of Japanese white birch, weighing approximately 6 tons, and is 45 meters long, 2 meters wide, and 14 meters above the water, making it a thrilling sight as it creaks and sways with each step.
Oboke Gorge Pleasure Cruise ~Feel the time of eternity~
The majestic flow of the Yoshino River, which runs through Tokushima Prefecture from west to east, has created beautiful gorges in the valley. The V-shaped valley of the Oboke Gorge, with its steep slopes and rock walls approaching from both banks, has been known as a difficult place to pass through. The rocks on both banks of the Oboke Gorge are said to have been created 200 to 100 million years ago. While listening to the boatman's guide, the boat will take you on an 8-kilometer tour of the canyon, where you can enjoy the magnificent scenery and the mystery of nature.
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