Activities

From gentle exercise to full adrenaline rush, Nishi-Awa is an adventure playground.

  1. Ikawa Ski Resort

    Ikawa Ski Resort Kainayama is Shikoku’s oldest ski resort. Established in 1927, it was renewed and reopened in 1997. There are five courses, a 400 m-long triple lift and 300 m pair lift. The resort is equipped with snow-making machines to maintain the slopes in top condition. There’s a kid’s run and facilities for night skiing. This resort is perfect for a day trip.

  2. Ikeda Awa Odori

    Around 30 groups of dancers heat up the night in Ikeda city centre.
    On the night of the 13th, a pre-event is always held. The combination of the elegant women’s dance and dynamic men’s dance is fantastic.
    A theatre with paid seating for 800 people is a good place for watching the Sakaemachi dancing.
    There are also many places where you can sit and watch the dancing free of charge. All the groups perform in turn at the Hesokko Park next to JR Awa-Ikeda Station.

  3. Iya Heike Festival

    It starts with taiko drumming performance by local school kids, and various traditional dances and performances associated with the history of the area and the Heike clan.

  4. Mima Tourism Centre

    There’s a tourist information corner, a relaxation space, the Kuruwakka teashop with food produced using local organic vegetables, and a studio for experiencing traditional crafts such as Japanese umbrellas and indigo dyeing.

  5. Ōboke Gorge Sightseeing Boats

    The Ōboke Gorge is formed of metamorphic sandstone, where the surface of light blue-grey sandy schist is wearing away to reveal bright green rock underneath. The thick layers of this hard, sandy schist were bent into wave shapes. Erosion that started from cracks in the rocks resulted in the Ōboke Gorge. You can see these rocks, which are a nationally designated natural monument, from the sightseeing boats.

  6. Oku-Iya Double Vine Bridges

    This bridge is said to have been made to take the Heike family to their horse-riding ground.
    There’s a male and female bridge so they’re also known as the husband and wife bridges. Next to the female bridge is a pulley bridge over the gorge that you operate yourself.

  7. Rafting

    Rafting is a very popular outdoor sport on the Yoshino River.
    The Koboke Gorge on the Yoshino River is known as Japan’s best whitewater rafting spot. The river passes through some stunning natural scenery. There are courses suitable for families and people of all ages.

  8. Shikoku Sake Festival

    The Shikoku Sake Festival is a representative event of early spring in Miyoshi. You can enjoy quality sake from each part of Shikoku. Awa-Ikeda in Miyoshi located in the middle of Shikoku is known amongst connoisseurs for the quality of its sake.

  9. Vine Bridge

    Anchored by old trees, the vine bridge emerges from the foliage on either side of the valley and sways gently in the breeze.
    The clear stream of the Iya River reflects its grandeur amid the scenery that changes with the seasons.

  10. Yokai Festival

    There are many attractions including a goblin band and procession, local performing arts, and a goblin-making contest.
    Parking is limited, so please use public transport. The festival is held outdoors and it takes place even if it rains, so bring rainwear. It will be canceled in case of heavy rain.

  1. Ikawa Ski Resort

    Ikawa Ski Resort Kainayama is Shikoku’s oldest ski resort. Established in 1927, it was renewed and reopened in 1997. There are five courses, a 400 m-long triple lift and 300 m pair lift. The resort is equipped with snow-making machines to maintain the slopes in top condition. There’s a kid’s run and facilities for night skiing. This resort is perfect for a day trip.

  2. Ikeda Awa Odori

    Around 30 groups of dancers heat up the night in Ikeda city centre.
    On the night of the 13th, a pre-event is always held. The combination of the elegant women’s dance and dynamic men’s dance is fantastic.
    A theatre with paid seating for 800 people is a good place for watching the Sakaemachi dancing.
    There are also many places where you can sit and watch the dancing free of charge. All the groups perform in turn at the Hesokko Park next to JR Awa-Ikeda Station.

  3. Iya Heike Festival

    It starts with taiko drumming performance by local school kids, and various traditional dances and performances associated with the history of the area and the Heike clan.

  4. Mima Tourism Centre

    There’s a tourist information corner, a relaxation space, the Kuruwakka teashop with food produced using local organic vegetables, and a studio for experiencing traditional crafts such as Japanese umbrellas and indigo dyeing.

  5. Ōboke Gorge Sightseeing Boats

    The Ōboke Gorge is formed of metamorphic sandstone, where the surface of light blue-grey sandy schist is wearing away to reveal bright green rock underneath. The thick layers of this hard, sandy schist were bent into wave shapes. Erosion that started from cracks in the rocks resulted in the Ōboke Gorge. You can see these rocks, which are a nationally designated natural monument, from the sightseeing boats.

  6. Oku-Iya Double Vine Bridges

    This bridge is said to have been made to take the Heike family to their horse-riding ground.
    There’s a male and female bridge so they’re also known as the husband and wife bridges. Next to the female bridge is a pulley bridge over the gorge that you operate yourself.

  7. Rafting

    Rafting is a very popular outdoor sport on the Yoshino River.
    The Koboke Gorge on the Yoshino River is known as Japan’s best whitewater rafting spot. The river passes through some stunning natural scenery. There are courses suitable for families and people of all ages.

  8. Shikoku Sake Festival

    The Shikoku Sake Festival is a representative event of early spring in Miyoshi. You can enjoy quality sake from each part of Shikoku. Awa-Ikeda in Miyoshi located in the middle of Shikoku is known amongst connoisseurs for the quality of its sake.

  9. Vine Bridge

    Anchored by old trees, the vine bridge emerges from the foliage on either side of the valley and sways gently in the breeze.
    The clear stream of the Iya River reflects its grandeur amid the scenery that changes with the seasons.

  10. Yokai Festival

    There are many attractions including a goblin band and procession, local performing arts, and a goblin-making contest.
    Parking is limited, so please use public transport. The festival is held outdoors and it takes place even if it rains, so bring rainwear. It will be canceled in case of heavy rain.