Awa Odori (Copyright)
The Whirlpools of Naruto (Copyright)
Vine Bridges in the Iya Valley (Copyright)
The southern coast of Tokushima (Copyright)
The clearest river on Shikoku (Copyright)
Tokushima Prefecture, on the eastern side of the island of Shikoku, is connected to mainland Japan by the Akashi-Kaikyo and Naruto Bridges, and can be reached from Osaka in two and a half hours by highway bus.
There are direct flights to and from Tokushima Awaodori Airport, Tokushima Prefecture’s gateway to the skies, and the Tokyo International Airport, making it a mere two hour plane journey from Tokyo, the host city of the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
Tokushima is home of the world-famous Awa Dance festival.
The Awa Dance (Awa Odori) is Tokushima’s largest annual event and boasts a history of over 400 years. The festival is recognized alongside the Rio Carnival as one of the largest dance events in the world. The festival is held across Tokushima Prefecture, but the one that takes place in Tokushima City is by far the biggest, drawing in over 1 million visitors over the period of August 12 to 15, bringing the city center alive with excitement.
In addition, there are many attractive tourist attractions such as the Naruto Whirlpools and the Iya Valley.
The Naruto Straits are amongst the three fastest currents in the world. The difference in height between tides here can reach 1.5m, with the currents moving at 15 to 20km/h. This generates countless whirlpools of various sizes ranging up to 20m in diameter. You won’t want to miss these whirlpools, a true wonder of nature and some of the largest in the world.
The Iya Valley is located deep in the heart of Shikoku Island. The vine bridge located in this quiet valley is considered to be one of the three most unique bridges in Japan. In ancient times the local people built many of these bridges for daily travel, using vines that grow wild in the mountains, yet only a few vine bridges still remain today.
Furthermore, outdoor sports are thriving in Tokushima as it is rich in nature, including the beautiful southern coasts and Shikoku’s clearest rivers.
Big waves off the southern coast of Tokushima make it the number-one surfing spot in the Kansai region. National and international surfing contests are held here.
Canoeing and rafting is also very popular in the beautiful rivers of this prefecture. The World Rafting Championship will be held in Tokushima in 2017.
We are looking forward to your visit and can ensure you that you will be met with top-notch hospitality that we pride ourselves in.