View powerful whirlpools with diameters of up to 20 meters. The Awa-odori Dance attracts over 1.3 million spectators.
Situated in the eastern part of Shikoku, Tokushima is surrounded by mountains topping 1,000 meters on three sides. As well, Tokushima is blessed with the bounty and diversity of nature, which is highlighted by our sightseeing spots such as the Naruto area (which is part of the Seto Inland Sea National Park and is home to the Naruto whirlpools), the Tokushima City area (which has Mt. Bizan, known as the symbol of Tokushima City), the Mt. Tsurugi and Iya Valley area (where there are magnificent gorges and vine bridges), and the Anan coastal area (home to many pristine beaches).
The main attractions in the Naruto area are the whirlpools with diameters of up to 20 meters during spring tide and the Otsuka Museum of Art, which boasts one of the largest permanent exhibition space in Japan. You will also see a number of 'Ohenro,' pilgrims in white clothing, as the area is home to Ryozen-ji, the first temple of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage. Of the 88 temples on this pilgrimage, temples 1 through 23 are located in Tokushima Prefecture.
In the Tokushima City area, the largest event of the prefecture, the Awa Odori Dance, is held from August 12 to 15 every year, attracting about 1.3 million spectators. During the dance festival, the lively sounds of the 'shamisens' (Japanese three-stringed instrument), bells, and drums engulf the city center with a wave of excitement of this traditional dance. If you wish to experience the Awa Odori Dance out of season, you can visit the Awa Odori Kaikan, which is open throughout the year.
The Mt. Tsurugi and Iya Valley area, which features beautiful green mountains, attracts many visitors all year round. Oboke and Koboke boasts the magnificence and beauty of its ravines and the Iya Valley is among the three unexplored regions of Japan.
What makes the Anan coastal area attractive is the deep blue sea of the Japan Current. There are many facilities on site, from bathing places to campsites, as well, there are many surfing and diving spots on the shoreline, where many people come to enjoy their summer.
[Air] 1h 15 min from Haneda to Tokushima Airport, and 30 min from the airport to Tokushima Station by bus.
[Rail] 3h 20 min from Tokyo to Okayama Station by Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line, and 1h 56 min from Okayama to Tokushima Station by JR Seto-ohashi Takatoku Line (limited express).
[Rail] 40 min from Shin-Osaka to Okayama by Shinkansen.
[Bus] 2h 30 min from Osaka Station to Tokushima Station by express bus.
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- Tokushima Prefecture Official Guide Tokushima Prefecture Official Guide
- Tokushima Tourism Site AWANAVI Tokushima Tourism Site AWANAVI
- Tourism Shikoku Tourism Shikoku
- Kansai Window Kansai Window
- Shikoku Railway Company Shikoku Railway Company
- Shikoku [PDF] Shikoku [PDF]
- 3-Day Sample Travel Plan 3-Day Sample Travel Plan
- The Awa Washi Dento-sangyo Kaikan Foundation The Awa Washi Dento-sangyo Kaikan Foundation