Awa Odori Kaikan

Watch and dance Awa Odori throughout year!

By Naoko Takeuchi    - 2 min read

Awa Odori is one of the most famous bon dance festivals held in August in Tokushima. Over 1.3 million visitors come to see this dance festival every summer. Even in the off season, this Awa Dance can be enjoyed throughout the year at Awa Odori Kaikan. The Awa Odori Kaikan is within easy access of JR Tokushima station.

The first floor is an information center and shoping area. We can get travel information and local food and products here.

The second floor is the highlight of the building: Awa Odori Exhibition Hall. In this hall, we can see Awa Odori and join the dancers on stage. Don’t worry, a dancer will teach you how to dance. It is easy to dance Awa Odori. A famous poem says: “If you raise your hands and move your foot, That’s the Awa Dance!” Please try dancing the Awa Odori and enjoy!

After enjoying the stage performance, you can learn about the history of Awa Odori in the museum on the 3F.

Daytime performances

Hours: 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 (11:00 Sat., Sun., and holidays only)

Closed: Every 2nd and 4th Wed. (If it falls on a holiday, closed the next day),

Dec. 28 – Jan. 3

Fee:    Adult: 500 yen, Elementary or junior high school student: 250 yen

Performance time: 40 minutes

Night performance

Hours: 20:00-20:50

Closed: Every 2nd and 4th Wed. (If it falls on a holiday, closed the next day),

Dec. 21 – Jan.10

Fee:    Adult 700 yen, Elementary or junior high school student: 350 yen

Performance time: 50 minutes

Awa Odori Museum

Hours: 9:00-17:00

Closed: Every 2nd and 4th Wed. (If it falls on a holiday, closed the next day),

Dec. 28 – Jan.3

Fee:    Adult: 300 yen, Elementary or junior high school student: 150 yen

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Naoko Takeuchi

Naoko Takeuchi @naoko.takeuchi

I was born in Oita prefecture, Kyushu, and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, Shikoku. My sister gave me my first camera and I have been taking pictures since then. Photographs have the power to tell stories, remind us of precious experiences, and motivate people to act. That’s why I love photography. Now, I’m living in Tokushima prefecture and would like to introduce the wonderful culture of Tokushima through all of my photographs.

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Elena Lisina a year ago
I'd like to know - what words do they shout?
Elena Lisina a year ago
It's good to watch any time of the year!
Elena Lisina a year ago
I've never been to the south of Japan. The festival looks wonderful!
Kylie Plester 4 years ago
Great video! I'm hoping to see the festival in August :-)
Naoko Takeuchi Videographer 4 years ago
Thank you. Awaodori is a very exciting dance festival. Enjoy!