The Yoshino River is a class A river rising from Mt. Kamegamori (1.897-meter height) in Ino-cho, Agawa-gun, Kochi Prefecture located in the west of Shikoku, running across the Shikoku Mountains, Miyoshi City and Tokushima Plain, merging large and small tributaries.
The river runs across four prefectures in Shikoku, twelve cities, fifteen towns and one village. The length of the river channel is 194 kilometers and the catchment area is 3,750 km2, which is equivalent to approximately 20 per cent of the whole area of Shikoku. The river, nicknamed “Shikoku Saburo”, is not only the No. 1 river of Shikoku, but also one of the largest rivers in Japan, along with the Tone River, “Bando Taro” and the Chikugo River, “Tsukushi Jiro”.
Address: Between Mt. Kamegamori, Kochi Prefecture and Tokushima City
The maze is located in a fallow with approximately 2,000 m2 in the west side of the ruin of Shigekiyo Castle in Shiro, Mima-cho, Mima City. Approximately 30,000 sunflowers are planted by local residents to create this massive maze. The seeds of large sunflower species such as “Russian Giant” and “Titan” are planted. They bloom between mid-July and early August and are available for visitors to see.
There are also stepladders and scaffolding to be able to view the whole maze and signboards with animal drawings, and it is busy with lots of children during summer holiday.
Address: Shiro, Mima-cho, Mima City
Recommended months to visit: between mid-July and early August
Access: 10 minutes’ drive from Awa-Handa Sta.
You can enjoy canoeing and River Duckies (river rafting) in the Naka River, a clear stream, and Wajiki Line Rinkan Campsite is near the river.
Address: Naka-cho, Naka-gun
Recommended months to visit: between May and October
Leisure facilities: Wajiki Line Rinkan Campsite
Access: 60 minutes’ drive from JR Tokushima Sta.