Happy Dining and Peaceful Scenery: Seasonal Vegetable Harvest


Despite being abundantly covered with mountains, the denizens of Tokushima Prefecture have somehow been able to thrive agriculturally. During this experience visitors will have a chance to glimpse into the sometimes difficult but always satisfying life of the local farmers who pour so much effort into the land.

Rice paddies, fields thick with vegetables, as well as trees heavy with brightly colored citrus fruit dot the sweeping landscape unfolding in all directions from the towering peaks of rugged mountain homes where tea quietly grows underneath the indigo blue skies of Tokushima.

Whether amongst the almost impossibly green verdancy of the warmer months or in the cooler months when the changing leaves seem to set the mountains ablaze in hues of orange and red. It is here in the beauty and peace of the mountains that visitors are able to enjoy the rich bounty Tokushima provides with the turning of every season.

Background and Highlights

The rugged mountains of the Nishi-Awa conceal roughly 200 villages along the steep slopes and valleys of this sprawling region. Because of the relative lack of space experienced by many of these communities the people who call these mountains home have developed their own unique forms of agriculture and for hundreds of years have mastered the art of sloped-terrace farming.
One particular crop that has thrived due to these unique farming conditions is tea. However, due to the unfortunate and continual greying of the Japanese population there are now less and less tea farms as well as less volunteers to harvest the leaves.

To help his community, Kondo Hiroaki began to manage these farms on behalf of elderly owners in an attempt to revitalize local small-town industries and ensure a bright future for the mountain towns that seem to be too often at risk of being lost to the past.

Course Number SKU012
Season Available All Year(Unavailable during New Year Holiday)
Sign-Up Date At least 3 days prior
Length of Tour 10:00~14:00
Meeting Place JR Miyoshi Station 

Guide Information

Name: Yūki Bandō

Yūki was born and raised in Tokushima Prefecture and is a nationally licensed English guide as well as a Kagawa Setouchi regional interpreter and guide.
As a Tokushima native, Yūki has enjoyed many experiences across the prefecture and has served as a member of Tokushima City’s magazine since graduating from university. Currently, Yūki is an active writer, producing articles in both Japanese and English as well as a photo writer for Setouchi Finder.  Keeping in line with her roots, Yūki also contributes to various Tokushima related media outlets such as “AWAODORI PRESS”, “Awa Raku,” and “Awa Odori” magazines. Yūki was even involved with the production of an “udon DVD” about the beloved noodles of Kagawa Prefecture.
Yūki has also long been interested in the Eighty-Eight Temple Shikoku Pilgrimage since her youth and has completed the complete pilgrimage circuit twice. She is currently going for a third time with her six-year-old daughter.

Yūki has held a passion for Tokushima nightlife since her college days and considers herself to be true fan of Tokushima’s unique cuisine and specialty alcohol products and loves to casually share this love of the area with guests to the area and has a knack for explaining what makes Tokushima, and its cuisine, so special here on Shikoku.
Yūki also has experience guiding people around the Setō Inland Sea region visiting the various islands there including, Teshima, Inujima, Shōdoshima, Ogijima, Megijima, Oshima, Honjima, and Takami. She also served as an official tour guide during the 2019 Setouchi Triennale and will also serve as a guide for the 2022 season.


Transportation Taxi
Number of Paticipants 2~10
Included Meal none
Min. Number of Participants 2
Guide Guided Tour
Tour Conductor Yuki Bando
Price per Person 2people: ¥30,000 /3 to 8: ¥20,000 /8 to: ¥15,000
Price Include harvest experience, lunch and beverage, consumption tax, transportation fee, guide fee
Payment Method Credit Card(VISA・MASTER・JTB)
Cancellation Policy 3 days prior 20%/ day of 50%/ After Start of Tour or no show 100%
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