TokushimaTokushima prefecture is a mountainous area located on the island of Shikoku. It is home to the first 23 temples of the 88 Temple Pilgrimage starting with temple number one, Ryozen-ji. Tokushima is probably best known for the Awa Odori a dance festival that turns the main streets of Tokushima City, the capital, into a stage and huge party all in one. The festival is held in August and brings local dance groups and others from all over the world to revel in the summer evenings. Tokushima is also well known for an interesting natural phenomenon, "The Whirlpools of Naruto" in the Seto Inland Sea, and also for the remote and gorgeous Iya Valley, sometimes called "Little Tibet". Be sure to check out "Awa Indigo" (Aizome) when you visit, a well-known local craft tradition creating textiles and clothing using indigo dye produced in the region.
Places to visit in Tokushima
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Udatsu Old Street
An old and traditional street located in Mima City, taking a stroll down Udatsu Old Street feels like taking a step back in time. One distinct aspect of this old street and the reason for the name “Udatsu Old Street” is from the clay and bamboo “udatsu” or str
Statue of the Peeing Boy (Iya Valley)
Located on a steep cliff overlooking the Iya River, a statue of a boy urinating indicates what is known as the most dangerous location in the valley. The story goes that the statue was put in place to deter the youthful daredevils who would urinate off the cli
Otsuka Museum of Art
Otsuka Museum of Art, located inside Naruto Park, displays over 1000 reproductions of famous paintings.
The Naruto Channel is famous for its whirlpools that can be observed from Uzu no Michi walkway inside Naruto Park or an observation boat.
Awa-Odori Kaikan Hall
This hall is a museum displaying objects related to Awa-Odori Folk Dance and organizes daily dance performances.
Tokushima Grandvrio Hotel
Air-conditioned rooms with light wood furnishings, free wired internet and a flat-screen TV await guests at Tokushima Grandvrio Hotel, 10 minutes from JR Tokushima Train Station by taxi. It has 3 restaurants.
Located in Naruto, 1.9 km from Ohtsuka International Art Museum, Hotel Lotus features free WiFi access and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted wi
Century Plaza Hotel
Century Plaza Hotel is situated in Tokushima, 900 metres from Asty Tokushima and 1.8 km from Awa-Odori Community Hall. Private parking is available on site. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.
Seaside Hotel Taimaru Kaigetsu
Seaside Hotel Taimaru Kaigetsu offers accommodation in Naruto. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Rooms have a flat-screen TV. Every room comes with a private bathroom.
Offering beautiful views of the changing seasons in the Iya Valley, hotel Iya Onsen provides Japanese-style accommodation, natural hot spring baths and free-use bicycles.
Hotel Clement Tokushima
Located in Tokushima, 700 metres from Awa-Odori Community Hall, Hotel Clement Tokushima features free WiFi access and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.
Awanosho is set in Miyoshi, 34 km from Tsurugi-san Chairlift and 11 km from Iya Hot Spring. Free private parking is available on site. Every room at this ryokan is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV.
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