Tokushima

Adventure capital with vine bridges and whirlpools

About Tokushima

Things to do in Tokushima

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

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..

Shikoku's Hotel Kazurabashi

Shikoku's Hotel Kazurabashi

One of the top sightseeing spots in Tokushima Prefecture is the Iya Valley, which is famous for its gorgeous mountain vistas, historic thatched roof homes, and impressive vine bridges. Kazurabashi is one of those bridges and many people who visit sta..

Century Plaza Hotel Tokushima Suite

Century Plaza Hotel Tokushima Suite

We made a trip to Tokushima during Golden Week Holidays this year. We started our travel from Maiko, Kobe, then took a highway bus to reach JR Tokushima Station. As we made reservations at the last minute, this was the only hotel with an available ro..

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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..

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..

Kazurabashi - Rope Bridge of Iya

Kazurabashi - Rope Bridge of Iya

The Kazura Rope Bridge (Kazurabashi) is located in the Iya Valley region of Tokushima. Deep within the mountains, this bridge lies in the most accessible part of the Iya Valley. As such, there are many means of access and this is by far the most visi..

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About tokushima

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
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.

Things to Do in Tokushima
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