Spots in Tokushima Area

  • Iya-no-Kazurabashi Bridge
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    4.0
    705 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Nishiyayamamurazentoku 162-2
    Designated as an Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property of the country, the 45 meter long and two meter wide suspension bridge crosses the clear running waters of the Iya River at a height of 14 meters above the water’s surface. The bridge is made of hardy kiwi vines that grow wild in the cold mountains and are replaced once every three years. Various views exist as to why the bridge was originally built, one of which says that it was constructed by fugitives of the Taira clan who, in order to prevent attackers getting close, built it out of vines so they could quickly cut it down. Another probable story says that it was made by the saint, Kobo Daishi, who used to roam the valleys of Iya, in order to help stricken villagers.

    It is definitely worth a visit if you are in the Iya Valley area. You can take a bus from the Oboke station (not so frequent though) or via taxi, if you are not driving. It only takes a few minutes...

  • Uzonomichi Promenade (Tokushima Prefecture)
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    4.0
    619 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Prefecture Naruto City Naruto-cho (in Naruto Park)
    Uzunomichi Promenade is located around 60 minutes by bus from JR Tokushima Station. The promenade extends out over the sea, under the Ohnaruto Bridge, for 450 meters. Opened in 2000, this is one of Tokushima’s best known tourist attractions. Glass-floored sections have been installed at four locations along the Promenade, so that visitors can view the strong tides and roaring whirlpools in the sea below. The observation gallery at the far end of the Promenade makes use of the space provided by one of the Bridge girders to enable visitors to walk right round and get a 360-degree view; visitors can experience the impressive whirlpools from a spot 45 meters above the water.

    This spot is within 5 minutes walking distance from the park Naruto. After passing the entrance, you need to take another 5-minute walk in the half-outdoor aisle to get to the viewpoint. The view...

  • Awaodorikaikan
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    4.0
    399 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima ken Tokushima-shi Shimomachi Bridge2-20

    There are five performances daily. We were able to dance with them after a short explanation. This is a must if you want to see real awa odors dancing.

  • Hotel Iya Onsen hot springs resort
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    4.5
    236 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Ikedachoumatsuo Matsumoto 367-28
    The Hotel Iya Onsen hot spring resort is located in the Iya Gorge. There is also an open-air bath, with hot spring water flowing out from its natural source, which can be used by visitors who are not staying at the hotel. A cable-car gives access to the open-air bath near the valley bottom. Renowned as one of Japan’s “Top Three Secluded Scenic Spots,” the Iya Gorge is very popular with visitors. Within the resort, hot spring baths with scenic views are available.

    We decided to splurge on this hotel during our visit to Shikoku as it is such an exceptional location and experience - we were very glad we did. The surrounding Iya Valley is absolutely incredibly...

  • Hotel Kazurabashi
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    4.5
    176 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Nishiyayamamurazentoku 33-1
    Located close to Kazura Bridge in the Iya Gorge, Hotel Kazurabashi is a hot springs resort situated in a secluded valley surrounded by hills. Besides its open-air baths and large indoor communal bath, the hotel is also famous for its Tenku Open-air Bath, which is reached by a cable car the appearance of which is modeled on a mountain hut. A visit to the Tenku Open-air Bath enables visitors to enjoy soaking in hot-spring water while admiring glorious views of the Shikoku Mountains. The nearest railway station is Oboke Station on the JR Dosan Line. From Oboke Station, it takes about 15–20 minutes to reach Hotel Kazurabashi by bus or taxi.

    We chose this hotel for our visit to Oboke because of the outdoor onsen, and it did not disappoint! You can take a bus from the Oboke station, however the frequency is not high, hence we took a...

  • Chuka Soba Inotani Main Branch
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    4.0
    208 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokushima Pref. Tokushimashi Nishidaikumachi 4-25
    This restaurant in Nishidaiku Town, Tokushima city, Tokushima Prefecture specializes in Tokushima ramen, and fans visit from all around the country. There’s often a line outside, and signatures from celebrities adorn the interior. The pork bone and soy sauce soup is flavored with dried fish and other seafood along with vegetables. It’s topped with a raw egg and contains salty-sweet pork back ribs and chewy homemade noodles, which the rich soup complements well. It goes very well with rice, too. Only counter seating is available, but the interior is spacious, so there’s no problem with entering alone.

    It says opened from 10:30 AM. I arrived at Inotani 10 minutes prior to that on a Sunday and it was already opened. Keep in mind that winter time the doors are kept closed and it appears to be not in...

  • Oboke Gorge Sightseeing Pleasure Cruise
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    4.0
    114 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Yamashirochounishiu 1520
    This sightseeing tour boat departs from the “Restaurant Oboke Gorge Mannaka” and the “V”-shaped Oboke Gorge can be seen from the river. Visitors can also see the Natural Monument, Ganrekihengan (pebbly schist) up close and the scenery of the gorge can only be described in one word: stunning.

    You can get the tickets once you arrive at the reception. Ticket for an adult is 1200 yen and the boat ride is around 30mins (round trip). Since the temperature was quite cold, the services staff...

  • Binbiya
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    4.0
    148 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokushima Pref. Narutoshi Kitanadachouawata Hashky Valley 20-2
    Binbiya is a restaurant located on the Awa Highway (National Route 11) in Kitanada Town, Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture, situated in a beautiful location facing the Seto Inland Sea. In the Tokushima dialect, “binbi” means fish. Using freshly caught local fish every day, Binbiya offers a variety of food on the menu such as sashimi, tempura, boiled fish, kamameshi (rice, meat and vegetables served in a small pot), and curry, etc. The restaurant’s omakase (today’s special) set meal is a popular meal of sashimi, tempura, and another food of the day, served with a bowl of rice and miso soup with seaweed from the Seto Inland Sea. People can often be found queuing to get into this popular restaurant.

    We managed to get a table here for a lunchtime spot and had a great meal - must try the wakame - all of the fish dishes we had were excellent.

  • Hotel Obokekyo Mannaka
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    4.5
    130 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Yamashirochounishiu 1644-1
    Located in a corner of Tsurugisan Quasi-National Park, the rocky cliffs on both banks of the Yoshino River are a nationally-designated Natural Monument. The hot spring located in this rugged yet beautiful secluded area, one of western Japan’s most scenic spots, offers two different types of baths to enjoy. The large public bath is sourced from a simple sulfur spring while the terrace-style open air bath features artificial mineral spring water. Although the spa is usually open to day bathers, day bathers may be subject to access or time restrictions when the spa is crowded.

    Hotel is just 5mins drive from Oboke station, we requested for shuttle pick up from the hotel prior to our arrival. Very large spread for the breakfast, they even provide english description and...

  • Uzushio Kisen
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    4.5
    115 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Torushima Prefecture Naruto City Naruto Park Kameura Fishing Port
    This tourist boat offers up-close views of the Naruto Strait whirlpools, which is counted as one of the world’s three fastest currents and said to be the world’s largest in size. The high-speed passenger boat operates out of Kameura Fishing Port, the closest port to the whirlpools. Trips take about 20 minutes. A shop located at the ticket counter offers a wide range of souvenirs including Naruto wakame, the local brand of brown edible seaweed; merchandise related to the popular “Shishamo-Neko” character; Setouchi-themed snacks; and Naruto Kintoki, a notable local sweet potato confection.

    The port is within a walking distance of the Otsuka International Museum and Naruto Park. Departures are every half an hour and a staff member said that a refusal to board due to a full boat rarely...

  • Ramen Todai Omichi Main Restaurant
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    4.0
    126 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokushima Pref. Tokushimashi Omichi 1-36
    This is a Tokushima B-class gourmet (reasonable and delicious) ramen shop. It serves ramen in rich soup made from slowly-cooked pork bones. The main topping is thinly-sliced pork belly simmered in a sweet but spicy marinade. Each table has a bowl of raw eggs and you can add as many of these to your noodles as you like. The shop’s website shows a photo of ramen topped with the yolk only, rather than the whole egg. You can also add marinated soft-boiled eggs so you can enjoy two different flavors of eggs.

    I can’t believe these Tokushima ramen are not the latest fashion in Tokyo. I think I have just found my favourite style. Great soup taste, salty and sweet, hearty as anything could get. Thin noodles...

  • The Peeing Boy of Iya Gorge
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    3.5
    119 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Ikedachoumatsuo
    This statue of a peeing boy was based on anecdotes about local children and travelers who tested their bravery here by peeing off the edge of the 200-meter cliff above the Iya River. Created in 1968 by Tokushima sculptor Ryoko Kawasaki, the statue stands on a rock in Nana Magari (seven curves), said to be the hardest part of the Iya Kaido Highway.

    Walking down the windy road of the Iya-valley to this statue from the Iya Onsen is kind of scary after having taken the bus there and having seen the small road and sharp turns. Come to take a nice...

  • Bizan Park
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    4.0
    109 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokushima Tokushima-shi Bizancho
    This park is located about a 20-minute drive from Tokushima Interchange on the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway. or about a 10-minute walk from JR Tokushima Station to the Awa Odori Hall and then a six-minute ride on the Bizan Ropeway. The park was built on the summit of Mt. Bizan, the symbol of Tokushima City. From the summit, visitors can see as far as the Asan Mountains, the Seto Inland Sea, and the mountains of Kishu. Visitors can enjoy seasonal nature such as the park's cascades of seasonal flowers, its famous cherry blossoms, and its 3,900 trees and shrubs. There is also a wild bird observation trail through the park.

    The park is located within the city and has a great view overlooking it. If you are there in time for the sakura blossoming, it is also a good option to do a nice relaxing picnic under the Sakura.

  • Arashi
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    4.0
    91 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokushima Pref. Narutoshi Muyachouokuwajima North beach 51-1
    This restaurant is located in Muya Town, Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture. Enjoy your meal at table seating or in a tatami room with a harmonious and soft atmosphere. In-season fish from the Naruto seas are the main ingredients. You can watch lively fish swim in the shop tank too. Recommended dishes include the “special selection sashimi teishoku” with a variety of fresh sashimi and the crispy, fried “special selection tempura teishoku.” The set meals come with wakame sea weed soup packed with Naruto wakame. Lots of local sake and shochu available too.

    If you have an opportunity to come around here, I strongly recommend to go to this restaurant.You may stand in line for a long time to enter, but I assure to be able to eat very nice fresh fish and...

  • Ooasahiko Shrine
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    4.5
    81 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Narutoshi Oasachoubandou Hiroduka 13
    This shrine is dedicated to two Shinto deities, Osahiko-no-Okami and Sarutahiko no Okami. Although the exact date of its founding is unclear, this ancient shrine had already become one of the representative shrines of Awa Province by about 1,100 years ago. The shrine’s sacred tree, a more than 1,000-year-old camphor tree, has been designated as a Naruto City cultural property.

    This shrine complex is very expansive, and tucked into the mountains, so is a nice place to walk around....there is even a stream running through the grounds. We went on New Years Day, and it was...

  • Asutamu Land Tokushima
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    4.5
    69 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokushima Pref. Itanogunitanochou Natou Kiviga Valley 45-22
    Asutamu Land Tokushima is a vast prefectural park located in the nature-rich hills of the Kibiga Valley. There are lots of things for visitors to do such as the Children’s Science Center where children can learn about science through play and hands-on activities, the Experience Studio where parents and children can have a go at some experiments and enjoy making things, and there is the Yoshino River Meguri water ride inspired by the natural scenery of Tokushima, etc. It’s a great day out for the whole family.

    If you are travelling in Tokushima with small children, they may not be as interested in all the cultural things there are to see. So if you need a change of pace to keep the kids happy, this is the...

  • The Naruto German House
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    4.0
    77 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Narutoshi Oasachouhinoki Higashiyamada 55-2
    This museum features exhibits on the activities of German soldiers imprisoned at the Bando prisoner-of-war camp, their exchanges with locals, and other subjects. Musical activities in particular thrived at the Bando prisoner-of-war camp, which was the site of the first concert performance of the entirety of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Asia. In addition to exhibits and a museum shop, the museum also has large and small conference rooms available for rent.

    This is the museum that was built to remember the German prisoners who spent the war years in a camp run by the Japanese government. The museum itself is very well done and includes many samples of...

  • Tokushima Central Park
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    4.0
    73 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokushima Pref. Tokushimashi Tokushimachoujounai 1-outside
    This park was built on the former site of the castle of the Hachisuka Clan, the lords of the old Tokushima Domain. The park’s many attractions include the Old Tokushima Castle Omote Goten Garden, the Tokushima Castle Museum, a rose garden, a stream, a pond, and more. The Old Tokushima Castle Omote Goten Garden was designed by the national government as a Place of Scenic Beauty in 1941. This famous garden is comprised of two different gardens: a kansho-shiki garden (seated appreciation style garden) and a chisen kaiyu-shiki garden (pond strolling garden), both of which convey the style of the Momoyama period.

    We went to this park just to enjoy a walk, but were delighted to find the local petanque club having a friendly game. My husband was loaned some boules and invited to play. Petanque is the...

  • Tokushima Prefectural Awa Jurobe Yashiki (Puppet Theater and Museum)
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    4.5
    58 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokushima Pref. Tokushimashi Kawauchichou Miyajimahonura 184
    Located approximately 15 minutes by car or 30 minutes by bus from JR Tokushima Station, the Tokushima Prefectural Awa Jurobe Yashiki (Puppet Theater and Museum) is housed in the former residence of Bando Jurobe, the historical figure who inspired the Ningyo Joruri puppet theater play Keisei Awa no Naruto. Awa Ningyo Joruri puppet theater performances are held in the Museum on a daily basis. The Museum’s exhibition room houses displays on the Ningyo Joruri puppet theater tradition and on the deko puppets used. A wide range of special events are held to provide opportunities for more people to learn about Ningyo Joruri puppet theatre.

    I loved everything about this place. Get there about 30 minutes early and catch the guided museum tour; a docent shows how the puppets work. The museum exhibits are all in English as well as...

  • Terrace Cafe Ohge
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    4.5
    60 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokushima Pref. Narutoshi Narutochoutosadomariura Oge 16 - 45 Renaissance Lyon - Tonnalt 1F
    Terrace Cafe Ohge is a terrace café located in the Renaissance Naruto Resort. The open terrace with its high ceiling offers superb views over the Naruto Strait. The café’s menus features a wide range of options made using locally-sourced ingredients from the Awa and Naruto regions. These include smoothies, parfait and tarts made using Naruto Kintoki-imo sweet potatoes, as well as meat dishes made using Awa Beef and Awa Pork, etc. Naruto Bream, caught in offshore waters nearby, is used to make a range of Western- and Japanese-style dishes, including Bream Mabushi, Bream Ramen, Bream Tonkatsu Sandwich, etc.

    This was a good restaurant although fairly typical of a hotel café. it has an excellent view over the water and provides a buffet breakfast. Service is good as expected.

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The southeastern corner of Shikoku is home to Tokushima prefecture, a region celebrated for its luscious nature and the nation's favorite Awa Odori, an energetic dance to which an annual summer festival has been dedicated. Keeping the upbeat tempo, whirlpools excite the Naruto sea off Tokushima, while inland, dramatic cliffs line the Iya Valley, promising unrivaled views of vast and vibrant scenery.

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