TOKUSHIMA

Where in Japan Can You Have a Hands-On Indigo Dyeing Experience? Find Out Here!

While many prefectures boast of local food specialties, one of Tokushima’s (徳島) claims to fame is actually a color – indigo. Awa indigo dye (阿波藍染) is produced in the region and its dyeing methods are even considered an intangible cultural asset. Let’s find out more about it! How is indigo dye created? In order to…

Explore the Breathtakingly Beautiful Iya Valley of Japan on This Bus Tour!

Iya Valley (祖谷渓) is a remote, picturesque valley hidden in the mountains of Tokushima (徳島). While it is renowned for its beauty, it is hard to access, especially for foreigners who can’t drive. Even for those who can, the drive through the narrow, winding mountain roads can be intimidating as it involves a fair amount…

Where is this Japanese Town That Aims to Be “Zero Waste” by 2020?

There is a town in Japan which is known by many as the world’s first “zero-waste town”. It has been challenging its residents to reduce waste to zero by 2020 since the start of 2003. Part of the town’s policy is to separate different household waste into 34 categories that are sent to be recycled.…

Why Would You Climb Japan’s Lowest Mountain at Only 6 Meters?

Ever wanted to scale a mountain or hike in a beautiful, mountainous areas while travelling in Japan, but find it a hassle and too costly to prepare all the necessary equipment? Or are you concerned about your lack of physical fitness so that you might not be able to make it all the way to…

Venture to Shikoku and Bravely Cross Iya Valley’s Vine Suspension Bridge

If you want to fill your day with an escape to a natural place filled with man-made secrets, head over to the vine-made suspension bridge over Iya Valley in the western part of Tokushima. The valley offers a scenic area which is one of the unexplored places to visit. It is known for its dramatic…

The Most Dynamic Whirlpools in the World! Where In Japan Can You Find Them?

The Naruto no Uzushio(鳴門の渦潮), also known as the Naruto whirlpools, are located under the Onaruto Bridge. Passing through the Naruto Strait, from the Awaji Island toward the town of Tokushima, you’ll notice the Naruto whirlpool beneath the bridge. Background Author’s photo It is the fastest tidal current in Japan and the fourth fastest in the…

Valley of Dolls: a Japanese Ghost Village

With a low birthrate and an aging population the aftermath of the shrinking population is worse outside the big cities. In places where the next doctor is far away or entertainment is limited, it is not surprising that remote places like Nagoro city on Shikoku Island, Japan, have the number of citizens drastically decreasing too.…