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Tokushima

Adventure capital with vine bridges and whirlpools

About Tokushima

Things to do in Tokushima

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Naruto

Naruto

Naruto is located in Tokushima Prefecture, and is where visitors may see its biggest draw, the majestic Naruto whirlpools. The city lends its name to the titular character in the Naruto manga and anime series. The Naruto whirlpools are created from the difference in water levels from the Seto Inland..

Miyoshi

Miyoshi

Miyoshi is a city in Tokushima Prefecture that is a gateway to the natural scenery the region has to offer. The Iya Valley, Mount Tsurugi, and Oboke Gorge all lie in the vicinity of Miyoshi. Iya Valley is rugged side of Japan that calls out to adventurous travelers, with the Kazura Vine Bridge its m..

Tokushima City

Tokushima City

Tokushima City is the capital of Tokushima Prefecture and home to Japan's most famous dance festival, Awa Odori. Every August, the Obon Festival is held over three days to honor the ancestors of Buddhist followers. This includes a spectacle called "Fools's Dance", where people of a..

Dining

Iya Bijin

Iya Bijin

There's no shortage of places to find a bowl of hand-cut soba in the Iya Valley. These chewy noodles, made with locally grown buckwheat, are one of the staples of this secluded corner of Shikoku. But if you want to slurp your noodles in sigh..

Tokushima Robata Dining Take-no Mai

Tokushima Robata Dining Take-no Mai

On the first night we arrived Tokushima, my friend living there recommended we go to this place for dinner, 'Take-no Mai' (literary, Bamboo Dance). According to her, this is a good place to enjoy the fresh seafood of Tokushima. Unfortunately,..

Udon Shop Wataru

Udon Shop Wataru

The main purpose of a trip I made to Tokushima this Golden Week holiday was to visit the Bando POW Camp Site in the Naruto area, which is famous because of a Japanese movie, 'Bart no Gakuen' (literally, 'Music paradise of bearde..

Places to stay

Business Hotel Access Awa

Business Hotel Access Awa

I stopped here on the first night of my two-week Shikoku Pilgrimage Road Trip. I needed a hotel in this particular location (in the vicinity of temples 8, 9 and 10), easily accessible by car and with good parking—and Business Hotel Awa seemed t..

Hotel Sunroute Tokushima

Hotel Sunroute Tokushima

I stopped here on the second night of my Shikoku Pilgrimage Road Trip. I needed a hotel close to the Awa Odori Kaikan, because I wanted to see their evening Awa Odori performance. I also wanted a hot spring bath, and this hotel was the only place in ..

Living it Up in Avanti

Living it Up in Avanti

Avanti is a frilly name for a no frills budget hotel, but the name suits its quaint and unique character. The owner is involved in making sure guests are comfortable, which makes you feel at home. My room was small, but I had a large desk, chair, and..

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Keeping Culture Alive and Dynamic in Nishi-Awa

Keeping Culture Alive and Dynamic in Nishi-Awa

People of Nishi-Awa region in western Tokushima understand very well that culture is organic, a living thing that is shaped by land, evolves with exposure to outside influences, and develops its roots by getting incorporated into lifestyles of the ne..

Awagami: Traditional Washi Paper

Awagami: Traditional Washi Paper

In the calm of the Tokushima mountains, there's a place to learn how to make one of the most fundamental tools of communication - and a beautiful one at that. Since the 7th century, Japanese people have been making paper by hand in Tokush..

Ooasahiko Shrine

Ooasahiko Shrine

Ooasahiko Shrine (大麻比古神社) in Naruto City, Tokushima, has an immensely long and storied history. It has long been one of the more important shrines in Japan and it is arguably the most important shrine in Tokushima. Painted and carved into wooden sign..

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About tokushima

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RegionShikoku
IslandShikoku
CapitalTokushima
Population785,491
Area4146.93 sq. km

Tokushima is the quintessential Shikoku prefecture - sparsely populated, lots of nature, and a unique culture.

If you're visiting Tokushima, try to time your stay for mid-August, although it will be much more crowded than usual. That's because the Awa Odori, Japan's largest traditional dance festival, is held during that time period and is a must-see Tokushima event. Be sure to also see the powerful whirlpools off the coast of Naruto City, one of Japan's most mesmerizing natural phenomenons.

Round out your trip with a visit to either the Tokushima Castle Ruins and its beautiful garden or the Takanose Canyon, voted as Tokushima's number one tourist spot. The scenic Iya Valley, famous for its exciting vine bridges and thatched roof farmhouses that give you a glimpse of what traditional Japan was like.

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