Normally, in agriculture that utilizes slopes, flat surfaces like terraced fields are usually constructed, but in Mima City, Miyoshi City, Tsurugi Town and Higashi Miyoshi Town, known as Nishi Awa, agriculture has been carried out on sloping land.
In March 2018, for the first time in Chugoku and Shikoku, the Nishi Awa Steep Slope Land Agriculture System was recognized as a Globally Important Agricultual Heritage System.
Koeguros, one of the symbols of the Nishi-Awa Steep Slope Land Agriculture System, are made up of bundles of thatch cut in the autumn and piled up in a conical shape. In addition to being used as a fertilizer for the soil, coeguros are dug into the fields to prevent soil loss on steep slopes. It also suppresses the growth of weeds, relieves heat in summer and cold in winter, and prevents dryness.
The farmer’s restaurant “Fuwari”
The restaurant offers dishes using plenty of seasonal vegetables harvested in the Fuchimyo area. The dishes like tempura and shraae (dressed with white sesame and tofu paste) bring out the best of their vegetable flavors.
The view from the terrace of the restaurant is also excellent.