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JP TIME TV  Welcome to Nishiawa

Udatsu Miyoshikiku Sake Brewery

The old quarter of Udatsu -- a remnant of the Edo Period -- has been designated an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings by the Japanese government. We went for a stroll through this historical area with our volunteer guide. Interestingly, it's not just a sightseeing spot: the old residences that constitute the townscape are still inhabited to this day. We also stopped in at the Miyoshikiku Sake Brewery, which just so happens to -- quite uniquely -- be a sake brewery housed in an old samurai residence. Activities like its sake-making workshops and koji tastings (koji = rice malt, a rather important component in sake brewing) keep regular visitors coming back.
JP TIME TV  Welcome to Nishiawa Udatsu Miyoshikiku Sake Brewery

The Anpanman train Oboke station

JP TIME TV  Welcome to Nishiawa The Anpanman train Oboke station
JP TIME TV  Welcome to Nishiawa The Anpanman train Oboke station
At the entrance to Nishiawa (via public transportation) is the unmanned station of Oboke. We went for a ride on a special Anpanman -- the Japanese superhero with a pastry for a head -- limited express train from here.

Hotel Mannaka Sea of clouds

During the shoot, we stayed two nights at Hotel Mannaka, which is unique for having the most Western-style rooms in the area.
We had an early start from the hotel at 6 o'clock in the morning, and we were greeted by a sea of clouds filling the Oboke Ravine. We ended up shooting down from a cliff from the car for about 20 minutes! The clouds were so pristine that we ended up changing our schedule so that we could take our time filming them. This gorgeous scenery unfortunately does not appear except under certain conditions during spring and fall, but hope you get lucky like we did when you visit! On a side note, Hotel Iya Onsen offers a tour of the sea of clouds for a limited number of guests (and only when the clouds gather, of course).
JP TIME TV  Welcome to Nishiawa Hotel Mannaka Sea of clouds

Bamboo Weaving Workshop

JP TIME TV  Welcome to Nishiawa Bamboo Weaving Workshop
JP TIME TV  Welcome to Nishiawa Bamboo Weaving Workshop
The intrepid reporters tried a bamboo weaving workshop and got to take a shot at making bamboo models of a kazurabashi, a kind of famous suspension bridge made from vines used in this area since ages past. One lucky viewer will win a kagurabashi bamboo model!

Oboke Gorge Cruise

The Oboke Gorge Cruise is usually a communal affair (i.e., not privately reserved), but this time around we had a boat to ourselves for the shoot. During the chilly winter months, the boat comes equipped with a kotatstu heater to keep guests warm.
JP TIME TV  Welcome to Nishiawa Oboke Gorge Cruise

Hotel Iya Onsen Manneken Pis Hi no Ji Valley

JP TIME TV  Welcome to Nishiawa Hotel Iya Onsen Manneken Pis Hi no Ji Valley
JP TIME TV  Welcome to Nishiawa Hotel Iya Onsen Manneken Pis Hi no Ji Valley
We checked out some cool stuff like Hotel Iya Onsen where you take a cable car down to the open-air hot spring baths and one of Iya Valley's rather unique sightseeing attractions, a reproduction of Brussels' Manneken Pis: a statue of a little boy urinating into the valley. We also saw the locally popular Hi no Ji Valley which quite closely resembles the Japanese phonetic character for the sound "hi" (pronounced like English pronoun "he"). One lucky viewer will win a popular cosmetics set from Hotel Iya Onsen! Be sure to watch the show to find out how.

Rafting

It started raining just before we set out for some river rafting, so we had an even wetter shoot than expected. There were some pretty rough spots, and the cameraman had a bit of trouble staying in the boat!
JP TIME TV  Welcome to Nishiawa Rafting

Tokushima Ramen Nishiri

JP TIME TV  Welcome to Nishiawa Tokushima Ramen Nishiri
JP TIME TV  Welcome to Nishiawa Tokushima Ramen Nishiri
We visited the Tokushima ramen shop Nishiri and got to sit on the terrace of their Riverside Cafe (typically reserved for cafe guests). The view of Oboke and Koboke was excellent, and the ramen was so good that the crew asked to have Tokushima ramen again for lunch on the following day!

Kazurabashi Vine Bridges and Hotel Kazurabashi

Kazurabashi, or vine bridge(s), are another of Nishiawa's big sightseeing attractions. These somewhat daunting walkways are traversed by some 300,000 people a year and provide quite a thrill; especially if you take a misstep like the camera assistant did!

Hotel Kazurabashi is famous for its cuisine cooked over a traditional Japanese hearth (irori) and hot springs accessible by -- you guessed it -- the hotel's very own cable car (going up in this case instead of down).
JP TIME TV  Welcome to Nishiawa Kazurabashi Vine Bridges and Hotel Kazurabashi
This might be the end of the article, but it sure isn't the end of stuff to do in Nishiawa or Shikoku at large! From the hot springs of Dogo Onsen to the Seto Inland Sea and its small islands, gorgeously clear Shimanto River to the scenic, seaside Shimanami Expressway and beyond, come discover all Shikoku has to offer for yourself!
Tourism Shikoku:http://www.tourismshikoku.org/
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