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Published on 06.01.2016
Tokushima is one of the four prefectures located on the island of Shikoku, Japan's smallest “main island.” Because of its relative isolation compared to areas like Tokyo and Kyoto, it developed a lot of its own unique culture. It's also home to a variety of produce, cuisine, and natural scenery that isn't found anywhere else in Japan. In the video, we see a trip around Miyoshi, located in the mountainous western region of the prefecture towards the middle of Shikoku. Like many small towns in Japan, the Oboke region where the video starts has several local specialties or variations on well-known dishes. While the quaint shops around the train station are nice, the truly amazing part of visiting this region is for views like those of the river cruise along the majestic Oboke Gorge. Once filled up on beautiful scenery, you can then partake in local cooked fish and tofu. The video highlights one restaurant's konyaku sashimi in particular. Konyaku is a popular and very adaptable food in Japan, which can take on many flavors, has a lovely soft texture, and is made from mountain yams native to Asia.
One of the other great sights of Tokushima's Miyoshi area is the Kazuo Bashi, or “Vine Bridge,” one of Japan's oldest bridges. These types of old-style bridges are common in mountainous areas, and although they seem dangerous, they allow for a thrilling connection to the past as well as some lovely scenic views.
After braving the bridge, you can visit some of the old-style shops nearby, which serve a delicious variety of traditional street foods, including grilled fish, miso skewers, and baked sweet potatoes. Heading further into the mountains, you can enjoy more traditional culture by staying in one of the many private farmhouse inns, which often serve such rural cuisine as wild boar hotpot and deer sausages.
As the three days exploring the Miyoshi region of Tokushima in this video show, from beautiful old buildings to historically preserved culture and unique, handmade food, a visit to any of Japan's rural mountain communities is sure to provide an experience unlike anything you could get in the mainland's high-tech urban centers.