Nishi-Awa is the traditional name of the western part of Tokushima Prefecture on the Japanese island of Shikoku. It is blessed with attractive nature
and symbolized by the second highest mountain in west Japan, Mt. Tsurugi. The Tsurugi National Park is located in this area, and offers abundant
natural sites such as Oboke and Koboke, the Yoshinogawa River, and the Iya Valley.
Nishi-Awa is also a place where traditional scenes still remain. The fleeing Heike warriors, defeated in a power struggle in the 12th century, came to this place to hide away and eventually settled down. The streets of Udatsu, lined with the houses of wealthy merchants who enjoyed prosperity from the Edo and Meiji Eras, offer a glimpse into the history and culture of those days. The hidden Iya valley was introduced in the book Lost Japan, by Asian art scholar, Alex Kerr. The Iya region obtained a two-star Michelin rating and there are many one-star tourism sites in the area.
Visit Nishi-Awa to see the natural and historical sites. Enjoy talking with the local people. Have fun in the traditional, mountainous surroundings.