Iya Valley and Great Shrine at Konpira (1N2D)

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Tour code : 007004K

From JPY 40,000


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Our introduction to great sights in the island of Shikoku.

Trip HighLights

  • Say a prayer at Konpira Great Shrine
  • The unexplored Iya Valley
  • Udon Making
  • Old Fashioned Streets

Quick Itinerary

Day One
9:00  Tokushima Station  Meet driver
10:00  Waki-Machi – Old Fashioned Street Scenes with Udatsu Style Walls 

Lunch Local specialty lunch  
13:00  Oboke Gorge Cruise 

   Vine Bridge Over the Iya Valley   
17:30  Konpira Onsen Kotosankaku (or similar) 

Check in to accommodation
  Meal Included on Day One: Lunch ☑

Day Two
9:30  Konpira Onsen Kotosankaku (or similar) 

After breakfast, check out of accommodation.
   Konpira-San - the Shinto Shrine of Kotohira 

   Kanamaru-za Kabuki Theater

12:00 Noodle Making Class at Nakano Udon School 
  Tour Ends after Udon Making Class

  Meals Included on Day Two: Breakfast ☑ Lunch at Udon Making School ☑

Access Information

Tour Start Point Tokushima Station
Tour Start Point Map
How to get to the Tour Start Point By train:
About seventy minutes on the Limited Express Uzushio Train from Takamatsu Station (Kagawa Prefecture).
Tour End Point Nakano Udon School (Kotohira School)
Tour End Point Map
  • Trip Locations & Experiences

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Waki-Machi – Old Fashioned Street Scenes with Udatsu Style Walls

Waki-Machi – Old Fashioned Street Scenes with Udatsu Style Walls

The Waki-Machi district of Mima, Tokushima Prefecture is notable for its traditional architecture from about 150 years ago which remains intact today.   This area boomed as part of the indigo dyeing trade. There are 85 structures from those halcyon days still standing. Keen eyed visitors will note the udatsu supports at either end of each buildings roof. The udatsu functions as a kind of firewall and were symbols of prosperity in previous centuries.   A well preserved and historical street scene that is definitely worth taking time to stroll around.

Oboke Gorge Cruise

Oboke Gorge Cruise

The Oboke Gorge forms a visually stunning v-shaped valley. And by far the best vantage point to view it from is cruising down the river. The boat ride takes about half an hour and passengers will get to see about 4km or 2.5 miles of amazing rocky terrain.

Vine Bridge Over the Iya Valley

Vine Bridge Over the Iya Valley

The Iya Valley is considered one of Japan’s Greatest Unexplored Areas. One of the landmarks in this area is not of stone or bronze or anything like that – it is the Kazurabashi Vine Bridge which is suspended about 14 meters 45 meters over the valley floor. For many years, bridges like this one were the only way across the valley.

From one side of the bridge to the other is about a 45 meter or 150 feet walk – and quite a thrill!

The bridge is made of about 6 tons of vines and is restored every three years.

Manneken Pis Surveying the Iya Valley

Manneken Pis Surveying the Iya Valley

Someone must have been taking the, er, mickey here.

No, you’re not in Brussels. Urine Japan.

Of all the cherubs in the club of angels above, I bet you didn’t think you’d come to the Iya Valley of Japan and see this particular member.

Tokushima Prefecture’s answer to the Belgian Manneken Pis is not relieving himself beside any old public fountain. Oh, no – he’s aiming right over a 200 meter high precipiss.

Long ago, foolish children would dare each other to urinate off this very dangerous ledge. These days, doing so is forbidden – unless you happen to be this little statue.

Konpira-San - the Shinto Shrine of Kotohira

Konpira-San - the Shinto Shrine of Kotohira

This important location in the spiritual world of Shinto is a famous place of pilgrimage. During the 17th-19th centuries, commoners were forbidden from travelling freely. But, as an exception, they could go to worship at Kotohira Shrine and the Grand Shrine at Ise in modern day Mie. This gives you some idea of the importance of this pilgrimage.   To this day, it is considered by many Japanese people to be a place that they would love to go to pray at, even if it is just once in their lifetime.   Those who wish to see the main shrine must climb 785 stone steps. It takes about an hour and a half to climb the steps, worship or view the shrine and then come back down. But don’t worry, you can pop into one of the many souvenir or confectionary stores that line the climb up to the shrine and borrow a walking cane or buy a snack to keep your energy levels up.

Kanamaru-za Kabuki Theater

Kanamaru-za Kabuki Theater

This trip includes a visit to the oldest standing kabuki playhouse in all of Japan which was built in 1835. Kabuki productions are put on every spring. The theater is well worth visiting even when there is no performance taking place, however, as you can see the mechanics of the stage which were all operated manually.

This is another great spot to be a part of living history in the Kotohira area.

Noodle Making Class at Nakano Udon School

Noodle Making Class at Nakano Udon School

Class is in session. Today’s lesson : the delicious, thick wheat noodles beloved by practically every Japanese person, udon!

The story of udon may well go back 1,200 years as it is said that a favorite son of this part of Japan, the eminent Buddhist figure Kukai, brought the noodles from China to Japan during the Tang dynasty in the 9th Century.

What better place to create and eat your own hand made tasty noodles than the udon capital of the world, Kagawa Prefecture?

Cancellations and modifications
If you would like to modify details, such as your traveling dates or the number of participants, please cancel your current reservation and make a new one. Cancellations can be made online through “My Page”. Please be aware that a cancellation fee may apply depending on the time of year.

■Cancellation period
[1)Within 60 days of receipt of payment. 2)Up to 8 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:None (free of charge)

[3 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:30% of the total tour fee

[the day before departure 1 day before departure]
Cancellation fee:40% of the total tour fee

[On the departure day On the day]
Cancellation fee:50% of the total tour fee

[After departure or in case of no-show]
Cancellation fee:100% of the total tour fee

About taxi drivers and sightseeing・Concerning your luggage
・For your convenience, we have arranged for taxis and mini-vans to allow you the comfort of traveling without being preoccupied about handling your luggage. Taxis will be available regardless of the number of participants however, due to space limitations, we ask you to inform us should you be traveling with more than 3 pieces per person (additional costs may incur). To respect your privacy, we work exclusively with experienced drivers who can only speak Japanese. For necessary information, we have prepared a separate document with useful phrases in English and other foreign languages.

・During the tour, large items such as suitcases and duffle bags will be kept in the trunk of the taxis. When getting on and off, please feel free to request access to your belongings from the driver at any time. However, we ask that you keep any valuable and fragile items as well as perishable food items with you at all times. Please acknowledge that we are not liable for any damages to your luggage in the event of an accident during transportation. We do not take responsibility for the damage, loss or theft of items due to negligence of the transportation company or its employees.

For customers joining tours during the winter period
・Over the winter season (December to March), it is not uncommon to see snow in Japan. Please understand that weather-related changes in the road conditions will also impact the tour schedule. If you need to catch a train or a flight to another city at the end of the tour, we advise you to give yourself extra time to work around any potential delays.

Itinerary Changes
・Tourist spots may sometimes need to be changed, or the length of travel time required may be different due to traffic conditions, etc. Please note that additional charges may be applicable if the arrival time is later than the end time specified in the itinerary.

Tour operation: regarding the minimum number of participants
・Tours may be canceled if the minimum number of travelers is not reached. In that case, an e-mail notifying customers to this effect will be sent up to 12 days before the start of the tour. Full refunds shall be issued for any canceled tours.

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