Things to Do in Tokushima

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If you're visiting Tokushima, check out this list of top tips and things to do to make the most of your time there.

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Iya Valley

Iya Valley in western Tokushima on Shikoku is a perfect sightseeing trip including some wonderful sights such as Kazura Vine bridge.

Awa Odori

Awa Odori is the name of Tokushima's very own street dancing festival, a joyful spectacle and a must-see for visitors to this corner of Shikoku.


My experience at Ryozenji temple was over-whelmingIy under-whelming. I arrived on a cold mid-November afternoon with the the expectation that the first Temple in a 1200 km pilgrimage would be quite impressive and inspiring of such a journey. Although beautiful and well maintained it was quite modest compared to some of the grand temples of Nara and Nikko.

The Naruto German House, Tokushima

Naruto city, Tokushima is famous for its big whirlpools, but not many people know this is the place where the Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was played for the first time in Japan's history. From 1917 to 1920, 1,000 German POWs lived in the camp here happily, and left precious legacies to the local people, and to Japan!

Otsuka Museum of Art, Tokushima

The unique Otsuka Museum of Art has more than 1,000 faithfully reproduced replicas of western masterpieces of art in their original size and color. It is located in the picturesque Naruto Park just beside the Great Naruto Bridge in Naruto City, Tokushima.  

Discover Shikoku in Six Days

Being Japan's smallest island, Shikoku isn't the first place most first-time or even second-time travellers would consider for their itinerary. But the lack of foreign tourists compared to the main island Honshu creates a distinct old time charm that can be appreciated by those looking to visit another side of Japan. Shikoku consists of four prefectures — Ehime, Kagawa, Tokushima, and Kochi, and this six-day plan will bring you across the first three prefectures.