Full-Day Private Walking Tour of Tokushima Prefecture

The Yoshino River is the largest river in Shikoku, running east to west through Tokushima Prefecture. Since ancient times, it has served as a transportation network for people and goods, and has formed a traditional culture centred on indigo dyeing and Japanese paper making.
Its stream has a reputation of being the clearest in Japan because of the wonderful scenery that changes with each watershed.
On this tour, you will visit two cities along the Yoshino River, and enjoy the highlights of the Yoshino River in a single day.

At the Awa Washi Traditional Industry Hall, you can learn about the intricacies of washi paper making, a method with over 1300 years of history.
The “Udatsu Old Street” in Wakamachi is lined with more than 80 traditional buildings, which will surely make you feel as if you have slipped back in time to old Japan.
In addition, you will also visit other places where we can enjoy the charm of the Yoshino River, such as a gorgeous house that thrived on indigo dyeing.
* Duration: 5 to 6 hours
* Starts: Yoshinogawa, Japan
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours




The Yoshino River is the largest river in Shikoku, running east to west through Tokushima Prefecture. Since ancient times, it has served as a transportation network for people and goods, and has formed a traditional culture centred on indigo dyeing and Japanese paper making.
Its stream has a reputation of being the clearest in Japan because of the wonderful scenery that changes with each watershed.
On this tour, you will visit two cities along the Yoshino River, and enjoy the highlights of the Yoshino River in a single day.

At the Awa Washi Traditional Industry Hall, you can learn about the intricacies of washi paper making, a method with over 1300 years of history.
The “Udatsu Old Street” in Wakamachi is lined with more than 80 traditional buildings, which will surely make you feel as if you have slipped back in time to old Japan.
In addition, you will also visit other places where we can enjoy the charm of the Yoshino River, such as a gorgeous house that thrived on indigo dyeing.

Itinerary
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Stop At: The Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper, 141 Kawahigashi Yamakawacho, Yoshinogawa 779-3401 Tokushima Prefecture

Awa Washi Traditional Industry Hall: A facility where you can learn about the history of Awa Washi, a traditional craft in Tokushima, and experience the manufacturing process. At the postcard printing workshop, you can make your own washi postcard. A store attached to the museum sells modern washi products to use in everyday life.

Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes

Stop At: Wakimachi Theater, 130-1 Wakimachi Inoshiri, Mima 779-3602 Tokushima Prefecture

Wakimachi Theatre Odeon: This theatre is over 80 years old and has a unique exterior. In contrast to the Western-style exterior, the inside of the theatre is built in a traditional Japanese style, making it a valuable building where you can feel the architectural culture of the time, a blend of Japanese and Western styles. Here, the stage sets for Kabuki still remain intact, giving you also a sense of the history of Japanese entertainment culture.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Udatsu Street, Mima Tokushima Prefecture

Wakimachi Udatsu Townscape: An area lined with over 80 traditional houses, giving a nostalgic feeling as if you have slipped back in time to old Japan. The gorgeous decorations on the roofs of each house are also worth seeing.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Residence of Yoshida Family, 53 Wakimachi Wakimachi, Mima 779-3610 Tokushima Prefecture

Yoshida Family Residence: One of the most gorgeous houses in the old town. Here, you will get a real sense of how this town prospered through indigo dyeing. You can also buy various indigo-dyed products such as clothes and wallets at the store attached to the museum.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Wakicho Bridge, Wakimachi Oaza Wakimachi, Mima, Tokushima 779-3610, Japan

Wakimachi Submerged Bridge (Wakimachi Bridge): A small low bridge over the Yoshino River, built without parapets, allowing you to see the Yoshino River up close. This is a very perfect spot to take pictures of the spectacular scenery that only the rural areas can offer.

Duration: 15 minutes