Nature

Kawarakko (canoeing and float rafting) Kochi

Kawarakko (canoeing and float rafting)

With a clean, blue stream, the slow river meanders between green trees, the white sandbank, and Chinkabashi bridges. These are the characteristic views of the Shimanto River.
Chinkabashi bridges are bridges built without parapets, designed not to be washed away but to be sunk at high tide. Among them, Iwama Chinkabashi Bridge is the best place to take photos, because its simple form is in the harmony with nature.
Most of the rivers in Japan have straight and rapid streams, but aside from some of the upper parts, the Shimanto River is a slow and winding river. This may be one of the reasons for gentle flow of time in Shimanto.
The river is very rare in that there are still people who earn their living as river fishermen, which gives you a chance to see the traditional fishing of sweet fish, river shrimp, eels, and even seaweed.
Enjoy the wild nature and the local culture of Shimanto, while riding Japanese traditional “yakatabune” house boats, sailboats, canoes, or rafts.

Address or Location24 Tadenokawa Shimanto-city Kochi
Phone0880-31-8400
Opening Hours9:00 – 12:00 / 13:00 – 15:30
Please come 30 minutes before leaving.
ClosedClosed Mondays
FeesKayak (single seater): Adult 5,200 yen
Tandem kayak (twin seater): 7,600 to 8,400 yen
Canadian canoe (twin or triple seater): 8,400 to 9,200 yen
Rafting float (7 seater at least 2 people): Adult 3,600 yen
URLhttp://www.kawarakko.com/
(Japanese only)
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Cape Ashizuri & Ashizuri Hot Spring Kochi

Cape Ashizuri & Ashizuri Hot Spring

Cape Ashizuri is the southernmost point of Shikoku. Standing on the sheer cliffs with waves breaking below, you will witness the horizon curving out in an arc and the roundness of the earth. Must-see locations include a beautiful white lighthouse, a symbol of the cape, a tunnel of camellia trees and a walking path following the cape’s seven mysteries. Then why not wind down at Ashizuri Hot Spring? Enjoy the magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean while relaxing in an open-air bath. Ashizuri is also renowned for clear night skies full of stars in winter. Stay and watch spectacles of shooting stars and the Milky Way!

Address or LocationAshizuri-misaki, Tosashimizu-city, Kochi
Phone0880-82-3155 (Tosashimizu-City Tourist Association), 0880-82-3225 (Ashiuri Hot Spring Council)
Opening Hours 
Closed 
Fees 
URLhttp://www.city.tosashimizu.kochi.jp/sight/map_02.html/
(Japanese only)
Transportationapprox. 3hrs 30min. by car from Kochi Ryoma Airport, one hour by car from Nakamura station, 30 min. from Shimizu bus stop and 2hrs 30 min. by car from Shimanto-cho Chuo IC

Shikoku Karst(TengusoLodge & Forest Therapy Pass) Kochi

Shikoku Karst(TengusoLodge & Forest Therapy Pass)

The erosion of a limestone mountain eventually resulting in the Shikoku Karst, which is one of the largest karsts in Japan. You can enjoy the landscape’s sprawling fields, pastoral scenery with grazing sheep and cattle, and a unique view of limestone sticking out of the earth. The limestone rock can often be mistaken as sheep. From June to July beautiful flowers can be seen on the plateau. The view from the observatory deck is one points of the area. From a height of 1400 meters above sea level, the view is absolutely breathtaking. In addition, Forest Therapy Pass that you are able to stroll in the rich forest is developed. Stop by Kogen Hureai no Ie Tenguso to enjoy a meal at the restaurant and feel your stress and worries melting away at Forest tharapy Road.

Address or Location4921-22 Otsu Yoshiuno Tsunocho Takaoka-gun, Kochi
Phone0889-62-3188(Kogen Hureai no ie Tenguso Lodge)
Opening Hours 
Closed 
Fees 
URLhttp://www.tengusou.com/
(Japanese only)
Transportation 

Niyodo River & QRAUD (Tosawashi Kogeimura) Kochi

Niyodo River & QRAUD (Tosawashi Kogeimura)

The Niyodo River, taking its source from Mt. Ishizuchi, western Japan’s highest peak, is one of the three major rivers in Shikoku along with the Shimanto River and the Yoshino River. The river is known as a “miracle of clear streams” preserving its top water quality because the majority of the river flows in the mountains and only 3% flows through plains. Enjoy fishing, camping and playing at the riverside, or try activities like canoeing and rafting! The QRAUD (Tosa Washi Craft Village Road Station), located close by the Niyodo River, offers hands-on classes for handmade Washi (Japanese paper), charcoal making and weaving, canoeing and other river activities as well as accommodation. The on-site gallery and restaurant, making use of a former storehouse, are also well worth visiting.

Address or LocationTosa-city, Kochi Hidaka-mura/Ochi-cho/Sakawa-cho, Takaoka-gun, Kochi Niyodogawa-cho/Ino-cho, Agawa-gun, Kochi (QRAUD) 1226 Kashiki, Ino-cho, Agawa-gun, Kochi
Phone088-893-0733 (Niyodo River Community Tourism Council), 088-892-1001 (QRAUD)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Opening Hours 
ClosedWednesdays (except Golden Week, Summer Holidays, New Year Holidays, Bank Holidays *The local food market closes during New Year Holidays)
Feeshands-on class for handmade Washi (certificate, dyed paper, postcard…) 400yen p/p (*booking essential for a group over 20 people)
URLhttp://niyodogawa-kanko-eng.net/
http://www.town.niyodogawa.lg.jp/
(Japanese only)
Transportation80-minute drive from Kochi Ryoma Airport, 15-minute bus ride from JR Ino station, one minute from Ichimura bus stop (operated by Kenko-hokubu-kotsu) or 20-minute drive from Ino IC

Kitagawa Village “Monet’s Garden” Marmottan Kochi

Kitagawa Village Monet's Garden Marmottan

This is the only recreated garden of the French Impressionist artist, Claude Monet, officially permitted to use its name outside of his home country. You will enjoy not only the famous water lilies from spring to autumn, but also the beautiful seasonal scenery, a work of art created by nearly 68,000 plants and flowers in the 30,000㎡ of grounds.

Address or Location1100 Notomoko, Kitagawa-mura, Aki-gun, Kochi
Phone0887-32-1233
Opening Hours10:00-17:00 9:00-16:00 (July and August)
ClosedTuesdays (Open every days in May and August), New Year Holidays *temporary closed for the maintenance work during the winter season (enquiry required for the dates)
FeesAdult 700yen, Child (under 15s) 300yen
URLhttp://www.kjmonet.jp/english.html
(Japanese only)
Transportationapprox. 60-minute drive from Kochi Ryoma Airport, 70-minute drive from Nankoku IC on the Kochi Expressway
Or take the Kitagawa-mura village bus from Nahari station on the Tosa Kuroshio Railway to Monet-no-niwa bus stop (approx. 10 minutes)

Muroto Global Geopark Kochi

Muroto Global Geopark

Muroto Global Geopark was approved as a member of Global Geoparks Network (GGN) on September 2011. The Geopark attracts geological researchers from all over the world for its earthquake-induced formations and the grandeur of the Kuroshio Current. Come and experience nature’s great creation, and take a close look at rare and exotic subtropical plants designated as national and prefectural natural treasures.

Address or Location6939-40 Murotomisaki-cho, Muroto-city, Kochi
Phone0887-22-5161 (Muroto Geopark Promotion Committee)
Opening Hours 
Closed 
Fees 
URLhttp://www.muroto-geo.jp/en/
Transportation90-minute drive from Kochi Ryoma Airport, 35-minute drive from Nahari station on the Gomen-Nahari Line, 3-minute walk from Misaki-hotel-mae bus stop (Murotomisaki line operated by Kochi Tobu Kotsu Bus), 90-minute drive from Nankoku IC

Makino Botanical Garden Kochi

Makino Botanical Garden

About 3000 plant species studied by Dr. Tomitaro Makino are on exhibition in the Makino Botanical garden, where various events are held from season to season, so no matter when you visit, you’ll be treated to a variety of interesting plants.
The number of plant species isn’t the only thing that draws tourists. Many people go to walk a pilgrimage road that leads through the mountains to an old approach to the Chikurinji Temple, which is the 31st sacred point along the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Mt. Godai has a moving atmosphere, and you will be delighted by the number of plants that can be seen in the area.
The area also is home to a museum that features the documents of Dr. Makino’s lifetime of research.

Address or Location4200-6 Godaisan Kochi-city, Kochi
Phone088-882-2601
Opening Hours9:00 – 17:00
ClosedClosed from Dec 27th to Jan 1st
Fees720 yen
URLhttp://www.makino.or.jp/index_e.html
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Whale WatchingKochi

Whale Watching

Get on a local fishing boat for Kuroshio-cho Whale Watching and see the 12-metre long Bryde’s whales in the Tosa Bay! You will also see several kinds of dolphins here. A truly unforgettable experience is waiting for you!

Address or LocationMuroto-city, Kochi-city, Tosa-city and Kuroshio-cho, Hata-gun
Phone 
Opening HoursSeason: Late April to late October
Closed 
Fees 
URL 
TransportationTo Muroto-city: approx. 2h 15min. drive from Nankoku IC
To Kochi-city: Take a bus for Katsurahama from JR Kochi station, get off at the last stop and walk 10 minutes.
To Tosa-city: approx. 20-minute drive from Tosa IC
To Kuroshio-cho: the closest stations are Tosa Kamikawaguchi (depart from Kamikawaguchi Port) and Tosa Irino (depart from Irino Port) on the Tosa-Kuroshio Railway.

T-shirt art exhibitionKochi

T-shirt art exhibition

T-shirts are the canvases! This is a fun event that anyone can join. All designs sent by March are printed on the T-shirts, which are put on exhibition at the beach. The shirts are hung on ropes tied to the piles that are driven into the beach, and ends up looking like someone is hanging their laundry!
It’s a truly unique art which doesn’t just come from the shirts’ designs, but also the movement of the shirts as they flap in the sea breeze against a background of a blue sky, lapping waves, and white sand. The exhibition is held around May 1st to May 7th every year.

Address or Location3573-5 Ukibuchi Kuroshiocho Hata-gun, Kochi
Phone0880-43-4915
Opening HoursAround May 1st to May 7th (dates vary from year to year)
Closed 
Fees 
URLhttp://www.sunabi.com/english-about/
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Shimanami KaidoEhime

Shimanami Kaido

The 70-kilometer-long “Shimanami Kaido Highway” spans the Inland Sea and consists of 9 bridges which connect 6 islands scattered between Imabari-city in Shikoku and Onomichi-city in Honshu.
The world’s first three suspension bridges, the Kurushima Kaikyo-Ohashi, are highly valued structures and provide one of the best views of the floating islands, especially at sunset! Unlike many highways of this size, you can cross it on bike or on foot. You can drop by some of the islands to enjoy fresh tastes such as citrus fruit grown in the mild climate or savory seafood caught in the Inland Sea. Time almost slows down as you look out onto the quiet sea and inhale the fresh air. Along the Shimanami Kaido highway you can easily enjoy the harmony of the peaceful sea and as well as contemporary art.
There are 15 rental bicycle stations in total, including both starting points (Onomichi and Imabari).

Address or Location2-8-1 Sunaba, Imabari-city, Ehime
Phone0898-41-3196 (Sunrise Itoyama)
Opening Hours[April-September]
8:00-20:00
[October – March]
8:00-17:00
Closed 
FeesAdult: 500 yen/day
Deposit: 1,000 yen (refunded if bicycle is returned to same station)
URLhttp://www.sunrise-itoyama.jp/
(Japanese only)
Transportation15 min by car from Imabari Station.

Iyonada MonogatariEhime

Iyonada Monogatari

Have you ever seen a glowing sunset over the sea from your train window? “Iyonada” is the perfect spot for it.
“Iyonada Monogatari” is the first sightseeing train in Shikoku and operating in two sectors, Matsuyama – Iyotaishu and Matsuyama – Yawatahama. They offer authentic dishes made of fresh local products. Come on board and enjoy the peaceful coastal scenery while having fine food at your seat!

Address or Location 
Phone0570‐00‐4592 (JR Shikoku Information Centre) 8:00-20:00 (Open every day)
Opening HoursTimetable from April 4, 2015
Ozu Line: depart Matsuyama at 8:26 — arrive Iyo-Ozu at 10:31
Yawatahama Line: depart Matsuyama at 13:28 — arrive Yawatahama at 15:52
Futami Line: depart Iyo-Ozu at 10:51 — arrive Matsuyama at 13:12
Dogo Line: depart Yawatahama at 16:06 — arrive Matsuyama at 18:06
Closed 
FeesMatsuyama – Yawatahama 2,260yen, Matsuyama – Iyo-Oozu 1,930yen *single journey, all seats are green car reserved seats *additional charge for meals (booking essential 4 days prior to departure)
URLhttp://www.iyonadamonogatari.com/
(Japanese only)
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Uwakai PearlsEhime

Uwakai Pearls

The Uwakai inlet is very deep, making it perfect for cultivating pearls. The pearls cultivated here are highly valued worldwide. Make reservations in advance to tour a pearl cultivating facility and try making your own pearl jewelry.

Address or LocationUwajima City, Ehime
Phone0895-22-3934
Opening Hours 
Closed 
Fees 
URL 
Transportation 

Mt. IshizuchiEhime

Mt. Ishizuchi

At 1,982m, this mountain is West Japan’s tallest. Most people climb it using the Omotesando course that starts near the city of Saijo. This holy mountain is counted among the seven holiest mountains in Japan. The mountain trail includes a trail chain to help with steep portions. (Less steep, indirect route is also available.)

Address or LocationSaijo City and Kumakogen-cho, Ehime
Phone0897‐52‐1446(Saijo City)
Opening Hours 
Closed 
Fees 
URL 
TransportationFifty minutes by car from JR Iyo Saijo Station. Sixty minutes by car from Iyo Saijo Highway Interchange. It takes three hours to hike to the top of the mountain from Sanchojoju Station of Ichizuchi Tozan Ropeway.

Shikoku KarstEhime

Shikoku Karst

This karst formation sits on the Kochi-Ehime border and is one of the three major karst formations in Japan. A trip through the region either on the driving route or along the hiking course is a breathtaking experience. Some liken it to running on top of the clouds.

Address or LocationNishidani, Kumakogen-cho, Ehime
Phone0892-21-1111(Kumakogen-cho)
Opening Hours 
Closed 
Fees 
URLhttp://www.kumakogen.jp/modules/summer/index.php?content_id=1
(Japanese only)
TransportationOne hour and fifty minutes from Matsuyama Highway Interchange.

Kankakei ValleyKagawa

Kankakei Valley

Located within the Setonaikai National park, this is said to be one of the three most beautiful gorges in Japan. The rock formations and plant life are an attraction, and it can all be viewed in comfort from the Kankakei Ropeway.

Address or LocationOtsu 168, Kankakedori Takase, Shodoshima-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa
Phone0879-82-2171
Opening HoursRopeway
3/21~10/20,12/1~12/20 8:30 – 17:00
10/21~11/30 8:00~17:00
12/21~3/20 8:30~16:30
ClosedOpen year-round
FeesRopeway
Round-trip: ¥1,350 (children: ¥680)
One-way ¥750 (children: ¥380)
URLhttp://www.kankakei.co.jp/
(Japanese only)
TransportationThirty to forty minutes by car from any Shodoshima port.

Seto Inland Sea & Seto Ohashi BridgeKagawa

Seto Inland Sea & Seto Ohashi Bridge

Acclaimed for its beauty as “the Jewel of the world”, Seto Inland Sea was one of the first national parks designated in Japan. Seto Ohashi Bridge, connecting Japan’s main island HONSHU and SHIKOKU over this beautiful sea, is the world’s longest double-deck road-rail bridge. This is a general term for the series of six bridges of different structural styles including a suspension bridge, a cable-stayed bridge and a truss bridge, spanning over the 9.4km strait with 37.3km of road and 32.4km of rail viaducts. Enjoy an awe-inspiring view of the entire bridge at the Seto Ohashi Memorial Park!

Address or LocationSeto Ohashi Bridge: through Sakaide IC at Kawatsu-cho, Sakaide-city, Kagawa to Hayashima IC at Hayashima-cho, Tsukubo-gun, Okayama Seto Ohashi Memorial Park: 6-13 Bannosumidori-cho, Sakaide-city, Kagawa
Phone0877-45-2344 (Seto Ohashi Memorial Park Management Association)
Opening HoursSeto Ohashi Memorial Park 9:00-17:00
(last admission at 16:30)
Closed 
FeesFree
URLhttp://www.jb-honshi.co.jp/english/index.html
Transportation 

Angel RoadKagawa

Angel Road

A popular location for couples where a sandbar connects three small islands to Shodoshima at low tide twice a day. This mysterious phenomenon has brought a belief that your wish will come true if you walk across the sandbar hand in hand with your loved one. Two of you can ring a blessing bell at the nearby “Yakusoku-no-Oka” observatory looking out over the Angel Road.

Address or LocationYoshima, Tonosho-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa
Phone0879-62-7004 (Tonosho-cho Commerce and Tourism devision)
Opening Hours 
Closed 
Fees 
URLhttp://www.town.tonosho.kagawa.jp/kanko/tnks/info34.html
Transportation60-minute by ferry from Takamatsu Port to Tonosho Port, Shodoshima and approx. 10-minute drive from Tonosho Port Or take a bus on the Nishiura Line for Kose from Tonosho Port to “Kokusai hotel mae” bus stop (approx. 11 minutes) and walk 2 minutes

Nakayama Senmaida Paddy FieldsKagawa

Nakayama Senmaida Paddy Fields

Located roughly in the center of Shodoshima Island, these terraced fields, created out of necessity in the steep valley, are approximately 800 in number. It is the only location in the prefecture chosen as one of Japan’s 100 picturesque rice paddies.

Address or LocationNakayama, Shodoshima-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa
Phone 
Opening Hours 
Closed 
Fees 
URL 
TransportationFifteen minutes by car from Ikeda Port.

Yashima・Shikoku Mura VillageKagawa

Yashima

【Yashima】
A lava plateau of an approx. altitude of 293 m,jutting into the Seto Inland Sea. It features a viewing platform that offers sights of an ancient battlefield below your eyes as well as a place where you can enjoy panorama of the Seto Inland Sea dotted with islands of various sizes.

Address or LocationYashimahigashimachi,Takamatsu City,Kagawa
Phone087-841-9443 (Yashimasanjo Tourism Association)
Opening HoursExpressway 6:30~22:00
Closed 
Fees 
URLhttp://www.yashima-navi.jp/
(Japanese only)
Transportation 


【Shikoku Mura Village】
Slip back in time to the period between the 1600s and the early 1900s! Old traditional houses were transported and re-built here to create an outdoor museum where visitors can experience the old way of life.

Address or LocationYashima Naka-machi 91, Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture
Phone087-843-3111
Opening Hours8:30-18:00 (closes at 17:30 during November through March)
Closed 
FeesAdults: 800 yen, High school students: 500 yen, Elementary school/Junior high school students: 300 yen
URLhttp://www.shikokumura.or.jp/
(Japanese only)
TransportationApprox. 40 min by car from Takamatsu Airport. A 5-min walk from Yashima Station on the Kotoden Line. A 10-min walk from JR Yashima Station.

Olive Harvest Festival & Shodoshima Olive ParkKagawa

Olive Harvest Festival & Shodoshima Olive Park

Shodoshima is the birthplace of olive cultivation in Japan. The Olive Park, located on a hill overlooking the Seto Inland Sea, is home to 2,000 olive trees and over 130 varieties of herbs. On-site facilities include an olive museum, a natural hot spring, accommodation, a café and a restaurant serving olive-based dishes. The Olive Harvest Festival held from October to November offers a wide range of hands-on activities such as olive picking and classes for olive oil making, crafts, and cooking with olives and herbs.

Address or Location1941-1 Nishimura, Shodoshima-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa
Phone0879-82-2200
Opening HoursOlive Museum 8:30-17:00, Sun Olive Hot Spring 12:00-21:00 (business hours vary depending on the facilities)
Closedopen every day (depending on the facilities)
Feesadmission free (charges apply for some facilities: hot spring and accommodation)
URLhttp://www.olive-pk.jp/
(Japanese only)
TransportationTake the Uchinomi high-speed ferry from Takamatsu Port to Kusakabe Port (45 minutes) and approx. 5-minute drive from Kusakabe Port

Naruto WhirlpoolTokushima

With its large scale, the Naruto Whirlpool is counted as one of the world’s top three tides.
Naruto Strait is one of the connections between the Pacific Ocean and the Inland Sea, and has a width of about 1.3 kilometers.
Due to its narrow size coupled with the tides, a large amount of water flows from the Inland Sea and the Pacific Ocean into the strait twice a day. The whirlpool is created by the complex shape of the bottom, and the difference in water levels. The current in the strait is the fastest in Japan, and sometimes create vortices of over 20 meters in diameter.
It’s fun to observe the whirlpools from the ship, and also thrilling to be able to look down into the sea through the glass floor of Uzunomichi, the promenade located under the Ohnaruto Bridge. See the panoramic view of Naruto Strait!

Address or LocationSightseeing boat: Kanko Port Narutochotosadomariura Naruto-city, Tokushima<br /> Uzunomichi, the promenade under Ohnaruto Bridge: Naruto-machi Park Naruto-cho<br /> Naruto-city, Tokushima<br />
Phone088-687-0101
(Sightseeing boat)
088-683-6262
(Promenade under Ohnaruto Bridge)
Opening HoursSightseeing boat: 9:00 to 16:20 30-minute cruise
Promenade under Ohnaruto Bridge:9:00 – 18:00 (until 17:00 from Oct. to Feb.)
Closed 
FeesSightseeing boat: 1,580-2,260 yen
Promenade under Ohnaruto Bridge: admission fee 510 yen
URLSightseeing boat
http://www.uzusio.com/
(Japanese only)

Promenade under Ohnaruto Bridge
http://www.uzunomichi.jp/english/
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Iya-no-Kazura Bashi (Vine Bridge)Tokushima

Designated as national important tangible cultural asset, Kazura Bridge was made of vines so that it could be easily cut to prevent pursuers from crossing. It was built by samurai who escaped into this area around 800 years ago. Every step on the bridge is met by shaking and rocking. If you look down at your feet, you will see the river far below from between the bridge’s logs. If you want a thrilling experience, visiting this bridge is a must!

Address or LocationNishiiyayamamuraimazentoku Miyoshi-city, Tokushima
Phone0883-72-7620
(Miyoshi City Office of Tourism)
Opening HoursFrom sunrise to sunset
Closed during the winter once every three years to be rebuilt
Closed 
Fees550 yen
URLhttp://www.miyoshinavi.jp/english/02miru/detail.php?uid=SS000048&genr=101&area=2
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Ochiai Village・Togenkyo Iya Tokushima

Ochiai Village・Togenkyo Iya

Ochiai Village
The village is located within the steep valleya, where the residents have cleared the mountainside, compiled stone walls to terrace the area, built houses, and broadened the fields since old times. With a difference in height of up to 390 meters from the highest and lowest points, community paths called “rido” weave between houses. It shares the characteristics of typical Japanese traditional villages in that it is built around a shrine which would function as a guardian god of the area. The landscape viewed from opposite hillside is a splendid sight! The 100-to-300-year-old houses are re-thatched and preserved as important traditional buildings.


Togenkyo Iya
In Togenkyo Iya, there are four types of accommodation available. Among the accomodations, there are three thatched-roof houses named “Fusho” “Seiko”, “Udoku”, and a fourth named “Chiiori” owned by Mr. Alex Kerr who is a researcher of Asian culture. You can stay there, and reflect on the traditional lifestyles within Japan. All of the houses were renovated by Mr. Kerr to help to retain beautiful and traditional aesthetics while allowing for modern people to stay comfortably.
It is possible to reserve an entire house. It’s fun to cook in the kitchen thanks to the electronic stove, a full set of kitchen appliances, and a number of Japanese spices. Spend your time however you would like!

Address or LocationMiyoshi-city, Tokushima
Phone0883-88-2540(Tougenkyo-Iya Check-In Office)
Opening HoursPlease call between 9:00 – 18:00
(Togenkyo Iya)
Closed 
FeesStay in “Fusho” “Seiko”, or Udoku”: Adult 10,000 yen/night (When used by 2 people) (Togenkyo Iya)
URLhttp://www.tougenkyo-iya.jp/index_en.html
(Togenkyo Iya)
Transportation 

Chiiori TrustTokushima

Chiiori Trust

Iya is an example of perfection in the eyes of Mr. Alex Kerr, a prominent researcher of Asian culture. It is said that the mythical land Iya, located at a high altitude with canyon, used to be the place where a group of samurai called “Heike” escaped to and resided. Nowadays, you can still see the thatched-roof houses that were ubiquitous to old Japan.
Mr. Kerr renovated the 300-year-old thatched roof houses into facilities that can be stayed at, as a symbol of revival for Japanese cultural values. Many overseas tourists visit here because they can lose their sense of time and forget about their obligations back in the city.
You can see the inside of the building and stay at the traditionally-styled house. (Day visit and overnight stay must be booked in advance.)

Address or Location209 Turui, Higashi Iya Miyoshi-city, Tokushima
Phone0883-88-5290
Opening HoursPlease call between 9:00 and 18:00
Closed 
FeesVisit: 500 yen
Stay: 11,000 yen/night (when used by two people)
URLhttp://www.chiiori.org/index.html
(Japanese only)
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Obokekyo Canyon Pleasure BoatTokushima

Obokekyo Canyon Pleasure Boat

A sightseeing boat will take you to famous spots designated as natural monuments. 30-minute boat ride provides the views of uniquely-shaped rocks, which makes you feel like you are looking up from the bottom of the river. In early summer, all of the plants and foliage are a vibrant shade of green, and in autumn the green leaves gives way to rich reds which cover the entire mountains are covered with red-leaves. Red leaves and the emerald green river create picturesque, serene landscape.
The reception desk is next to the Obokekyo Mannnaka Restaurant. The minimum passenger count is 1.
The traditional trolley trains without windows are also highly recommended to enjoy the feeling of wind in your hair as you take in the view of Oboke.

Address or Location1520 Yamashirochonishiu Miyoshi-city, Tokushima
Phone0883-84-1211
Opening Hours9:00 to 17:00
Not in service during flooding or storms
Closed 
FeesAdult: 1,080 yen
URLhttp://www.mannaka.co.jp/restaurant/excursionship/excursionship.html
(Japanese only)
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Iya Valley and the statue of the Peeing BoyTokushima

Iya Valley and the statue of the Peeing Boy

Counted as one of the three best hidden scenic spots in Japan, Iya valley gives you a wonderful and magnificent view when looking down the steep, V-shaped valley which is surrounded by forest on both sides. Especially in autumn, the red-tinted leaves and emerald green river create a beautiful contrast. In winter you can see a sea of clouds which covers the valley, feeling like you have been whisked away to a mythical world. This spot will let you get away from the busy daily life.
In the area, there is the statue of the Peeing Boy standing on the rock which overlooks the valley. The statues rests atop a large boulder that was left during the construction of the Iya Highway.
It is a 200 meter drop from the statue to the bottom of the valley, which creates a beautiful yet frightening view. It is said that the statue was created based on a story that the local kids would test their courage by standing on the rock.

Address or LocationIkedachomatsuo matsumoto Miyoshi-city, Tokushima
Phone 
Opening Hours 
Closed 
Fees 
URL 
Transportation 

Mt.TsurugiTokushima

Mt.Tsurugi

The second highest mountain in western Japan at 1,955 meters elevation boasts excellent scenery and you can see as far as Kishu area, the Seto Inland sea and even Cape Ashizuri in a fine day from its summit. Its panoramic view is breathtaking and the sea of clouds are very magical. You can find beautiful alpine plants when in season, such as Kirengeshoma palmata.
The name, Tsurugi meaning sword, originates from the legend that sword of the Emperor Antoku was hidden deep within these remote mountain. It is also known as the sacred mountain for mountain pilgrimage.

Address or LocationMinokoshi, Higashi-Iya, Miyoshi city, Tokushima
Phone0883-72-7620
(Miyoshi City Office of Tourism)
Opening Hours 
ClosedN/A (Open daily all year round), but chairlift closed between 1/Dec and 29/Apr in winter season
Fees 
URLhttp://www.turugirift.com/
(Japanese only)
Transportation 

Hiwasa Chelonian Museum CarettaTokushima

Hiwasa Chelonian Museum Caretta

This is the only museum in the world dedicating to sea turtles. “Caretta” comes from the scientific name for the loggerhead sea turtles. On the ground floor, there are stuffed turtles from around the world, an exhibition to trace the turtles’ evolutionary processes and an aquarium to observe their ecology. On the upper floor, you will learn more about sea turtles through quizzes and a 120-inch high-definition theatre. Don’t forget to visit the outdoor turtle pool and artificial hatchery where adorable baby turtles are swimming!

Address or Location374-4 Hiwasaura, Minami-cho, Kaifu-gun, Tokushima
Phone0884-77-1110
Opening Hours9:00-17:00
ClosedMondays (except Bank Holidays, in which case closed the next working day), December 29 to 31
FeesAdult 600yen, Student (ages 13-18) 500yen, Child (under 12s) 300yen, Discount for a group over 30
URLSightseeing boat
http://www.town.minami.tokushima.jp/umigame/caretta/
(Japanese only)
Transportationapprox. 90-minute drive from Tokushima IC, 5-minute drive from JR Hiwasa station