Near the entrance of Iya Valley, Oboke Gorge (Koboke Gorge is located three kilometers further downstream) is one of Japan’s premier outdoor destinations, and is popular as a spot for whitewater rafting, among other activities. However, a more relaxed way to take in the gorge’s beautiful natural surroundings is via a boat tour. Sightseeing boats depart every thirty minutes from a dock located near Oboke Station and go down the Yoshino River that cuts through the gorges. Passengers can enjoy fascinating rock formations, many of which resemble a variety of animals, along the gentle 30-minute boat ride.
Hours: 09:00 to 17:00
Admission: 1,050 yen for adults, 525 yen for children
Address: Oboke, Yamashiro Town, Miyoshi City
Airport: Tokushima Airport
Walk about 20 minutes from JR Oboke Station