Recommended for your first trip to Tokushima! Tokushima City Model Course
In Tokushima, the culture and performing arts that flourished through the Awa indigo trade are still alive today. You can dance the Awa Odori dance and watch the Ningyo Joruri (puppet show). You can also enjoy fresh seafood from Tokushima. The main attractions are compactly packed and can be toured by water cab. Here is a model course that starts from Tokushima Station and takes you to the sightseeing spots that you should not miss on your first trip to Tokushima.
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Let's walk around the origin of indigo dyeing that dyed all of Japan blue! Udatsu townscape Model Course
Indigo is called "Japan blue" by people overseas.During the Edo period, Awa indigo flourished and was said to dye the whole of Japan. In Tokushima Prefecture, there are still residences of indigo merchants who sent sukumo, the source of indigo dye, to various parts of Japan. Why not take a leisurely stroll through the streets of the hometown of indigo?
Let's ride DMV in "a prefecture without trains"! Southern Tokushima Model Course
Tokushima Prefecture is the only prefecture in all prefectures without electric train service. All trains that run are diesel-powered via fuel. However, the world's first vehicle, the DMV, is in operation in Tokushima.Take a DMV ride along the coastline or enjoy activities in the beautiful ocean. Here is a model course heading to southern Tokushima, where you can enjoy the sea, mountains, and rivers.
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Bar Hopping in Tokushima!
Although not well known, Tokushima Prefecture has the highest number of bars per capita in Japan. It is a treasure trove of authentic bars where experienced bartenders in suits and ties stand behind the counter.Why not visit a bar to find a cocktail made with fresh Tokushima fruit, a refreshing highball with a hint of sudachi, or a vintage whiskey that you can't find anywhere else? You can visit bars after finishing your meal, or you can ask the bartender, who knows the local area well, "Where is the best place to eat?
A must-visit place in Naruto
Naruto is the gateway to Shikoku from the Kansai region.It is also the starting point of a trip to Tokushima, and the first of the 88 sacred places on Shikoku, "Ryozenji," is located in this area. There are many attractive spots for sightseeing , including activities near the magnificent whirlpools, an art museum where you can view masterpieces from around the world, a pottery that continues to produce the jars essential for indigo dyeing.You can also enjoy Naruto's gourmet delicacies such as Naruto sea bream, Naruto kintoki, and Naruto wakame. We have picked out three plans in Naruto that we recommend you to experience.
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Iya valley, an unexplored region surrounded by nature
When you hear the word "Iya," you may feel a faint sense of mystery. In the western part of Tokushima, known as the "Land of the Sky," Iya still preserves the old agricultural and mountain village life. The scenery, which looks "spectacular" to the traveler, also conveys the harshness of living in steep cliffs. The greatest charm of the Iya Valley may be the chance to see the daily lives of the people who have lived here for generations. Why not make Iya your "favorite unexplored region" by taking your time and not just taking a glance at the scenery?
Tairyuji Temple, a temple related to Kukai
A pilgrimage to the 88 sacred sites in Shikoku. Tokushima Prefecture, where the first through 23rd pilgrimage sites are located, is a "place of spiritual development." Among them, there are some difficult spots known as "henro-korogashi," and one of them is Tairyuji Temple. It is said that Kobo Daishi, Kukai, spent 100 days on his difficult pilgrimage, and the temple is also called "Koya in the west".
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Tokushima City, also known as "Tokushima, the Water Capital," has 138 rivers of various sizes, and water cabs run in the city. Surrounded by rivers, the fertile land provides a rich harvest of agricultural and fishery products, as well as culture and performing arts such as Awa indigo, Awa Dance, and Awa Ningyo Joruri (puppet theater). You can enjoy delicious Tokushima foods such as Tokushima ramen, Naruto sea bream, Naruto kintoki (sweet potato), and Naruto wakame seaweed.
The deep mountainous area in the western part of Tokushima Prefecture has long been known as "Sora no Sato" ("Land of the Sky").The area retains the original landscape of Japan, including Mt. Tsurugi, the second highest mountain in western Japan, the beautiful gorges of Oboke and Koboke, and the unexplored Iya Valley.Visitors can feel the rural lifestyle nurtured by the Yoshino River that flows through Tokushima Prefecture, and at the "Udatsu no Machinami" , you can see the prosperous indigo merchants who used the Yoshino River's boat transport system.Visitors can also enjoy the unique cuisine of this area, such as Iya soba noodles, Handa somen noodles, and gibier.
One of the attractions of this area in southern Tokushima Prefecture is the coastline with its many different expressions.There are winding inlets and bays, a flat line where the Pacific Ocean stretches out, and beaches known for spawning sea turtles. The undulating terrain of ocean, mountains, and rivers is a mecca for outdoor sports such as surfing, SUP, kayaking, diving, fishing, trekking, and cycling. It is also known for its fresh seafood such as lobsters, abalone, and blue-ringed squid, as well as its jidori (locally raised chicken), Awaodori.
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Bar hopping in Tokushima!
【Bar Kohno】 Taste Tokushima fruit & Naruto-kintoki!
For 24 years since its opening, BAR KOHNO has provided a welcoming and cosy atmosphere as an authentic bar. We promise you an enjoyable night in Tokushima if you visit us. We have a selection of around 1000 different whiskies, as well as popular cocktails made with local Tokushima citrus and fruit. We are looking forward to seeing you. ♢Plan details ・Prices 4,000 yen (tax included) ・What’s Included A glass of Tokushima fruit cocktail A glass of Naruto kintoki sweet potato cocktail Home-made dried fruits Cover charge ♢ About Bar Kohno ・Address Tachibana Building 3F, 1-67-2 Sakae-machi, Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture ・Opening hours Monday - Saturday 6:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Closed: Sunday If Monday is a public holiday, we will be open on Sunday. ♢ SNS Instagram : barkohno Twitter : @barkohno ? How to book Please select your preferred date, time and number of people from the calendar and make a reservation. *Can be booked for up to 5 persons per group. *If you want to book on the day, please call the bar directly.
【Bar W still】Seasonal fruit cocktails and quiche lorraine
Enjoy cocktails made with seasonal and Tokushima fruits and popular homemade quiches at Bar W still! ♢Plan details ・Prices 2,500 yen (tax included) ・What’s Included 1 Seasonal fruit cocktail *You can choose from several alcohols. *Non-alcoholic drinks are also available. 2 Appetiser 3 Quiche Lorraine (bacon and gruyere cheese) ♢ About Bar W still ・Address Plaza Part II 3F, 1-23 Akita-machi, Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture, Japan ・Opening hours Monday - Saturday 6:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Closed on Sunday (last day of consecutive holidays) ♢ SNS Instagram：barwstill Twitter ：@barwstill ? How to book Please select your preferred date, time and number of people from the calendar and make a reservation. *If you want to book on the day, please call the bar directly.
【Bar HADA】 Craft Gin Comparison Plan (3 glasses + charm)
Bar HADA is a shot bar attracting a wide range of customers. In addition to our standard menu of whiskeys and cocktails, we have the largest selection of gin in Tokushima. We always have about 70 kinds of gin on hand, including craft gins that have become popular in recent years. Whether at the counter or at a table, you can relax in a cozy and comfortable atmosphere. ♢Plan details ・Prices 4,000 yen (tax included) ・What’s Included 3 glasses of craft gin Appetizers ♢ About Bar HADA ・Address 1-30 Akita-machi, Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture, Japan ・Opening hours 7:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. ? How to book Please select your preferred date, time and number of people from the calendar and make a reservation. *If you want to book on the day, please call the bar directly.
【BAR ARCHE】Cocktail Plan: 1 glass of cocktail + snacks
We will make your cocktails to your preference. Please visit us when you stop by Tokushima. We look forward to serving you! ♢Plan details ・Prices 2,000 yen (tax included) ・What’s Included 1 recommended cocktail Small appetizer Cover charge ♢ About the Bar ・Address 1-39-1 Akita-machi, Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture, Japan ・Opening hours 7:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. ? How to book Please select your preferred date, time and number of people from the calendar and make a reservation. *If you want to book on the day, please call the bar directly.
【Bar Yohaku】Hidden Bar in Tokushima : Fresh cocktail with Sudachi (Tokushima’s native fruit) + An assortment of cheeses + Cover
Bar Yohaku is located at the end of a narrow alley near Tokushima Station. "Yohaku" means blank space or margin in Japanese. Bar Yohaku is a place where you can regain "space" in your heart at the end of the day. Please feel free to stop by when you are a little tired, when you have accomplished something, or when you have forgotten how to relax your mind. We will always be close to your heart as a place to talk or to spend time alone. ♢Plan details ・Prices 3,000 yen (tax included) ・What’s Included Fresh cocktail with Sudachi An assortment of cheeses Cover charge ♢ About Bar Yohaku ・Address 2-18-1 Terashima-Honcho Higashi, Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture ・Opening hours Monday - Saturday 7:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. Closed: Sunday ♢ SNS Instagram：baryohaku ? How to book Please select your preferred date, time and number of people from the calendar and make a reservation. *If you want to book on the day, please call the bar directly.
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Oboke Gorge Pleasure Cruise ~Feel the time of eternity~
The majestic flow of the Yoshino River, which runs through Tokushima Prefecture from west to east, has created beautiful gorges in the valley. The V-shaped valley of the Oboke Gorge, with its steep slopes and rock walls approaching from both banks, has been known as a difficult place to pass through. The rocks on both banks of the Oboke Gorge are said to have been created 200 to 100 million years ago. While listening to the boatman's guide, the boat will take you on an 8-kilometer tour of the canyon, where you can enjoy the magnificent scenery and the mystery of nature.
Thick and firm "Handa Somen"
Handa Somen is a specialty product that symbolizes the excellent climate of Handa, Tsurugi-cho. The noodles are made from the cold wind blowing down from the Shikoku Mountains, the clear water of the Yoshino River, and high-quality wheat, and are characterized by their thick and firm texture. The local Handa Somen Cooperative sells original Handa Somen. It is a local specialty familiar to Tokushima residents and can be easily purchased at supermarkets. It is recommended as a souvenir of your trip to Tokushima.
Surfing - Ride the Waves of Tokushima! -
Tokushima has many surf spots that can be enjoyed by both beginners and advanced surfers.You can enjoy surfing in a wide range of areas, including Naruto City, the northern part of Tokushima City, and the southern part from Anan City to Kaiyo Town. Tokushima Prefecture has produced many professional surfers and is sometimes called "Awa no Kuni, the surfing capital of Japan.In particular, the southern part of the country and the eastern part of Kochi Prefecture are the best surfing areas in Shikoku.
Awa no Dochu （Earth pillars）
It is a landform consisting of dozens of earthen pillars created by the erosion of sand and gravel beds.This is the art of the earth, which has been formed over a long period of time since ancient times. Hatougatake, the largest of them all, was designated a national natural monument in 1934 and was selected as one of the 88 scenic spots in Shikoku in 2017.You can look down on it from directly above, and the view is thrilling.The shape of the earth pillars changes from moment to moment, so this is a must-see sightseeing spot while you can still see them.
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