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[Tokushima ]Want to visit on your trip to Tokushima! 7 recommended sightseeing spots

[Tokushima ]Want to visit on your trip to Tokushima! 7 recommended sightseeing spots

2021-12-10 Management office

Tokushima Prefecture is located in the southeast of Shikoku and is famous for Naruto's whirlpools and the Awa Odori dance. In this issue, we have collected 7 recommended sightseeing spots that you should definitely visit when traveling in Tokushima Prefecture. We also recommend some sightseeing spots for first-time Tokushima travelers and for sightseeing in off-the-beaten-track areas, so please take a look at them.
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whirling tides in Naruto (Japan)

First of all, we would like to introduce one of Tokushima's most popular tourist attractions, "Naruto's Uzushio ". Known as one of the three major tidal currents in the world, "Naruto's whirlpools "can be seen in the Naruto Straits between Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture and Minami Awaji City, Hyogo Prefecture. The currents are caused by the difference between the ebb and flow of the Seto Inland Sea and the Kii Channel, and are said to be the largest in the world, reaching up to 20 meters during the spring and fall high tides. The maximum speed of the currents is over 20 kilometers per hour, making it the fastest in Japan.

To see the powerful whirlpools up close

"The best way to see Naruto's whirlpools "up close is on a tide boat. You can view the powerful whirlpools from the top of a high-speed boat or a large ship, and you can also observe the whirlpools in the sea from an underwater tide boat with a glass-walled observation room one meter below the surface of the water. Also, at "Onaruto Bridge Walkway ", located on the bridge girder of the Onaruto Bridge, you can get a bird's-eye view of the giant whirlpool tides about 45 meters below from the glass floor in the central observation room. The powerful whirlpools are sure to make your heart pound. Please note that the whirlpools are not always visible. Please check the tide table in advance.

"Facility Information "
Facility Name: Onaruto Bridge Walkway, Uzunomichi
Address: 〒772-0053 Naruto City, Naruto Town, Tosaura Fukuchi (inside Naruto Park)
Phone number: 088-683-6262
Hours: Summer (March-September) 9:00-18:00, GW and summer vacation period 8:00-19:00, Winter (October-February) 9:00-17:00 *Entrance is 30 minutes before both periods
Please check the official website for the latest information.
Closed: 2nd Monday in March, June, September, and December
I'll pay: 510yen for adults 410yen for high school students 260yen for elementary school students
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: A promenade where you can see one of the world's largest vortex tides
URL: https://www.uzunomichi.jp/

Otsuka Museum of Art / Naruto

One of the must-visit tourist attractions when visiting Naruto City "is the Otsuka Museum of Art ". This museum exhibits approximately 1,000 full-size ceramic replicas of famous paintings. The museum, one of the largest in Japan, consists of three basement floors and two ground floors, and the viewing route is approximately four kilometers long, making it a great place for those who want to take their time and enjoy the masterpieces. The photo shows "Sistine Hall ", where musician Genji Yonezu sang in the Kohaku Uta Gassen. You will be overwhelmed by Michelangelo's Catholic view of the world.

Museums for beginners

The museum is designed to be easy to appreciate with three different exhibition methods, so it is recommended for beginners. Ancient European ruins and church chapel murals are reproduced in entire spaces, giving visitors a realistic feeling as if they were in a genuine facility. It is also interesting to deepen your understanding of art through series exhibits that allow you to view Western art in chronological order, and thematic exhibits that allow you to compare works from different periods on the same theme. It is also nice to see many works by famous painters such as Van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci on display.

"Facility Information "
Name: Otsuka Museum of Art
Address: Naruto Park, Naruto-cho, Naruto-shi, 772-0053
Phone number: 088-687-3737
Opening hours:9:30~17:00
Please check the official website for the latest information.
Closed: Mondays (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday), closed on consecutive days in January, closed on special days, open all August
Price: General 3,300yen 2,200yen for university students 550yen for elementary and junior high school students
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: One of the largest museums in Japan where you can view full-scale world masterpieces
URL: https://o-museum.or.jp/

Awaodori Kaikan / Naruto

Next, we will introduce facilities where you can enjoy "Awa Odori ", a well-known traditional performing art of Tokushima, all year round. "Awa Odori ", which originated in Tokushima 400 years ago and is held around the Bon Festival every year, is the largest event in the prefecture, attracting about 1.2 million people. The only place where you can see "Awa Odori ", which you cannot usually see live, all year round is at "Awa Odori Kaikan "in Naruto City.

Enjoy watching and dancing the Awa Odori dance!

After learning about the history of "Awa Odori "at the museum, you can actually see "Awa Odori "in the hall. The dancers' lively dance unfolds in front of your eyes, and your body naturally starts to move. At the end of the performance, there is a corner where the audience can dance together with the dancers, creating a festive mood throughout the hall. There is also instruction on how to dance and commentary on the narimonos, so even first-timers can easily join in. This is a recommended sightseeing spot for those who want to experience the real "Awa Odori ".

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Awa Odori Kaikan (Awa Dance Hall)
Address: 2-20 Shinmachibashi, Tokushima City, 770-0904
Phone number: 088-611-1611
Hours: Museum 9:00-17:00 1
Please check the official website for the latest information.
Closed days: variable
Budget: Museum: 300 yen for adults (free for junior high school students and younger) Daytime dance: 800 yen for adults, 400 yen for elementary and junior high school students Nighttime dance is currently closed.
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: Experience facilities where you can experience Awaodori dance all year round
URL: https://awaodori-kaikan.jp/

Iya Kazura Bridge

"The Iya Quail Bridge "spans the beautiful Iya Valley. It is one of the three most unusual bridges in Japan and is registered as a National Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property. The 45-meter-long suspension bridge weighs about 6 tons "and is made of Shirakuchikazura "and is replaced every three years. The suspension bridge, made of natural materials and primitive construction, creaks every time you cross it, and you can see the Iya River 14 meters below through the treads. It is a thrilling and unexplored spot in the Iya Valley, and is recommended as a sightseeing spot.

A secluded area with seasonal appearances

The collaboration of the bridge and the abundant natural beauty of the four seasons is also worth seeing. You can enjoy wisteria in spring, fresh greenery in summer, autumn leaves in fall, and snow in winter. The bridge is illuminated at night, and although visitors cannot cross it, they can enjoy the fantastic atmosphere. When you travel to Tokushima, be sure to visit one of the popular tourist attractions in the Iya area: "Kazura Bridge "

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Iya-no-Kazura Bridge
Address: 〒778-0102 Sanhao City, Nishi-Juguyama Village, Seonduk 162-2
Phone number: 0120-404-344
Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Please check the official website for the latest information.
Regular holiday: No mid-year break
Price: Adults (junior high school students and above) 550yen / Children (elementary school students) 350yen / Children no material
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Spaces and facilities: "Shirakuchikazura, one of the three most unusual bridges in Japan made of ", a secluded area in Iya
URL: https://miyoshi-tourism.jp/spot/iyanokazurabashi/

Big step and small step / Zugu

"Not far from the Kazura Bridge in Iya ", "Oboke Koboke "is a scenic spot in the Iya district with beautiful valleys surrounded by mountains of about 1000 meters in the Kenzan range. Its name is a unique tourist attraction. There are theories that the name comes from "hoki (ほけ) ", which means cliff, "from "Oboke "", because it is dangerous to walk with large thighs, "from "Koboke "", because it is dangerous to walk with small thighs.

Up close and personal with a landscape created over 200 million years!

The beautiful scenery that looks like a sculpture was created by the torrent of the Yoshino River over 200 million years. A sightseeing boat is recommended to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Oboke Gorge. The spectacular view of the strange and huge rocks that rise up in front of you is very impressive when you see it up close! The boatman will guide you through the valley in an elegant manner.

"Facility Information "
Facility Name: Oboke Gorge Sightseeing Boat
Address: 1520 Nishiyu, Yamashiro-cho, Miyoshi City, 〒779-5451
Phone number: 0883-44-1211
Business hours: 9:00-17:00
Please check the official website for the latest information.
Closed: Open all year round (but cancelled in case of strong winds, rising water, etc.)
Budget: Adult 1,200 yen / Child (3 years old to elementary school student) 600 yen
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: 30-minute sightseeing boat tour around Iya Gorge
URL: https://www.mannaka.co.jp/restaurant/excursionship/excursionship.html

Udatsu rows of houses / Wakimachi

Wakimachi is known as a town where indigo merchants flourished from the Edo to Meiji periods. "Udatsu (udatsu) "refers to a firewall that protrudes from the wall of the second floor and borders the neighboring house. "Udatsu "were considered a symbol of wealthy merchant families because of the considerable cost involved in building them. In Wakimachi, there is a 400-meter-long row of indigo houses of merchants who "udatsu "had udatsu built.

Udatsu-lined tourist attractions for good luck!

Within the compact area, there are stylish cafes and a roadside station where you can purchase indigo-dyed souvenirs, making it a great sightseeing spot. The houses of indigo merchants, which still retain the appearance of the old days, with their protruding lattices and mushiko windows, are perfect for a leisurely stroll through the good old townscape of Udatsu. "You may find that your luck rises by visiting a sightseeing spot where udatsu "rises.

"Facility Information "
Facility Name: Aigura Cafe in Ai-land Udatsu Roadside Station
Address: 55 Wakimachi, Wakimachi Oaza, Mima City, 〒779-3610
Phone number: 0883-53-2333
Business hours: 9:00-18:00
Please check the official website for the latest information.
Regular holiday: No mid-year break
I'll pay: 1,000~1,500yen
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: Commercial facility with a souvenir store on the first floor and a café on the second floor, located in a roadside station.
URL: https://www.udatsulist.com/

Shikoku 88th Gassho 1st Jassho Reizanji Temple

The last one is "Reizanji Temple ", the first of the 88 sacred places on Shikoku. Pilgrimage is a pilgrimage to 88 temples related to Kobo Daishi, scattered throughout all prefectures of Shikoku. The first of these temples is "Reizanji Temple "in Naruto City. It is said that if you visit all 88 temples, your troubles will be removed and you will receive benefits and merit.

The hanging lanterns in the main hall are a must-see!

"Reizanji Temple "is an ancient temple founded by Gyoki at the behest of Emperor Shomu in the Tenpyo Period (1300 years ago), where visitors can learn about the dos and don'ts of starting a pilgrimage. The main hall, hung with numerous lanterns, is a sight to behold, and visitors can be seen praying for the safety of their journey here. At the store, you can purchase a complete set of supplies necessary for the pilgrimage, such as white robe and vajra cane. This is a must-see tourist attraction for those making their debut on the pilgrimage.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Shikoku 88 temples, 1st fudasho Reizan-ji Temple (Shikoku 88 temples, 1st fudasho, Ryozen-ji Temple)
Address: 126 Itadotsuka Nose, Hemp-machi, Naruto City, 779-0230
Phone number: 088-689-1111
Hours of operation: 7:00-19:00
Please check the official website for the latest information.
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: Founded approximately 1,300 years ago, the first of the 88 Shikoku pilgrimage sites.
URL: http://88shikokuhenro.jp/


We have introduced seven sightseeing spots that you should visit on your trip to Tokushima. Tokushima has beautiful scenery and many sightseeing spots. It is also a popular prefecture in Shikoku because it is relatively easy to access from Honshu. When you travel to Tokushima, please take a look at the sightseeing spots introduced here.

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