Recommended for your first trip to Tokushima! Tokushima City Model Course

  • Awaodori
  • Ningyo jyoruri
  • Awa dance festival

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.

Highlights by the plannerHighlights

  • 1

    Awa Odori Kaikan (Awa Odori Festival Hall)

    Located in the center of Tokushima City, this facility allows visitors to enjoy Awa Odori dance demonstrations throughout the year. The building is marked by its unique inverted trapezoidal exterior, which is inspired by the lanterns of the Awa Odori dance.In addition to the Awa Odori dance demonstration, there is also a museum where visitors can learn about the history of Awa Odori dance, the foot station of the Bizan ropeway, and a souvenir shop. This is a must-visit spot for your first trip to Tokushima.

  • 2

    Tokushima Shinsen Nattoku Ichi (Tokushima Fresh Market)

    In addition to fresh seafood from Tokushima, this food theme park offers Tokushima brand meat such as Awa-odori chicken and Awa Kuro-gyu beef. Visitors can also enjoy a produce market with fruits and vegetables directly from the production area, a barbecue corner, fishing, and sea kayaking.

  • 3

    Awa Jurobei Yashiki

    This is the site of the Edo period residence of Bando Jurobei, the model for the puppet play "Keisei Awa no Naruto".Awa Ningyo Joruri, a nationally important intangible folk cultural asset, is performed daily.The 30-minute viewing time is a breathtaking experience, with the Gidayu shamisen supporting the storytelling with a variety of tones, and the emotional puppets manipulated by three puppeteers. In a quaint mansion nestled in a residential area, the rich tradition of Japanese performing arts that flourished during the Edo period as a result of the indigo trade is still alive today.

Itineraries of the courseItineraries

Day 1

  • 11:00

    Become a dancing fool at the Awa Odori Kaikan!

  • 12:30

    Taste the delicacies of Tokushima at the Tokushima Nattoku Ichi!

  • 14:00

    Experience Tokushima's culture at the Awa Jurobei Yashiki!

About the courseDetails of itinerary

Day 1 11:00

Become a dancing fool at the Awa Odori Kaikan!

Tokushima is known for its "Awaodori" dance. Although the main event is held in summer, the Awa Odori dance can be enjoyed all year round. Since you are going to Tokushima, let's not only watch the Awa Odori performances, but also become a "dancing fool" rather than a "watching fool. "

Day 1 12:30

Taste the delicacies of Tokushima at the Tokushima Nattoku Ichi!

The menu offers a wide variety of Tokushima seafood, brand-name meats, and fresh vegetables. If you are not satisfied with just eating, please visit the fishing pond. Use authentic float fishing to catch local sea bream, flatfish, striped horse mackerel, kampachi, and more. There are also lobsters and big fish. The fish you catch can be enjoyed at the restaurant or barbecue corner. There is also a photo corner to record your catch, making it a great family memory of your trip.

Day 1 14:00

Experience Tokushima's culture at the Awa Jurobei Yashiki!

Why has ningyo joruri become a culture in Tokushima and why is it so important?Visitors can learn about the history of Tokushima's culture, including "Awa Ai," which was born from the fertile land created by the flooding of the Yoshino River that flows through Tokushima Prefecture, and "Awa Ningyo Joruri," a performing art nurtured by the prosperity of the Awa indigo industry.In addition to viewing regular performances, you can also check out information on rural stages that remain in various locations in Tokushima Prefecture. If your timing is right, please spend a wonderful time at a rural stage in the clear mountains, relaxing and experiencing the culture of Tokushima.

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