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  • Otsuka Museum of Art
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokushima Pref. Narutoshi Narutochoutosadomariura Fukuike 65-1
    Located in Naruto Town, Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture, this art museum has the largest permanent exhibition space in Japan. The exhibits consist of more than 1,000 Western paintings reproduced in full scale on ceramic panels. Visitors can appreciate masterpieces from all over the world such as Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, Edvard Munch’s The Scream and Picasso’s Guernica. The viewing route through the museum is about four kilometers long. There is also a museum shop and a restaurant where visitors can enjoy meals while looking out over the garden.

    場所は中庭を通るので最初はわかりずらかったです。 最期の晩餐¥1800 ミュンヘンランチ¥1200 鯛御膳¥1200 を注文しました。 ミュンヘンランチがコスパが良かったです。 美術館も素敵ですが レストランも素敵でした。

  • Iya-no-Kazurabashi Bridge
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    4.0
    622 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.

    The bridge is inexpensive and fun to cross though I wouldn’t take a small child. The scenery is gorgeous and the Biwa waterfall is just 50 meters away. If you love the mountains and the sound of...

  • Naruto Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokushima Pref. Narutoshi Narutochoutosadomariura Fukuike
    Naruto Park sits next to the Naruto Strait, famous for its whirlpool, and the Onaruto Bridge. There are many scenic spots and places of interest here including a promenade called Uzunomichi (the road of whirlpools), the observation deck Esukahiru Naruto, and the Onaruto Bridge Crossing Memorial Hall, making it a park often visited by tourists.
  • Asutamu Land Tokushima
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    4.5
    58 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...

  • Yakuo-ji Temple
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    4.0
    65 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Kaifugunminamichou Okugawauchi Teramae 285-1
    The Yakuo-ji Temple is a Koya-san Shingon Buddhist temple located in Okugawauchi, Minami-cho, Tokushima Prefecture. It is the 23rd temple visited on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage; the temple’s formal name is Iozan Muryoju-in. According to legend, the temple was founded in 726 by the Buddhist monk Gyoki on the orders of the Emperor Shomu. The main object of veneration at the Yakuo-ji Temple is a statue of the Yakushi Nyorai Buddha (Medicine Buddha), and praying at the temple is believed to be very effective at warding off evil. The main hall is reached by two flights of stone steps: the Onna-yaku Zaka (33 steps) and the Otoko-yaku Zaka (42 steps). Further on, the Yugi-to pagoda houses an exhibition room and observation platform; downstairs, pilgrims worship by walking round the Yakushiji Sanzon (a triad of three Buddha statues).

    If you had visited others temple before this one has something new to offer! Apart from the huge red pilar that can be seen from a long distance, you have in the inside of that pilar an interesting...

  • Tokushima Modern Art Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokushima Pref. Tokushimashi Hachimanchou Mukouterayama Cultural forest in the general park
    The Tokushima Modern Art Museum is located within Bunka-no-mori Park. Besides artworks connected with Tokushima, the Museum also has impressive collections and displays of paintings, sculptures etc. from other countries. Facilities include a museum shop, restaurant, and reference room, etc. The Museum is located approximately 25 minutes by bus from Tokushima Station.
  • Tokushima Prefectural Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokushima Pref. Tokushimashi Hachimanchou Mukouterayama Cultural forest in the general park
    Located approximately 25 minutes by bus from Tokushima Station, the Tokushima Prefectural Museum is a general-interest museum situated within Bunka-no-mori Park. The museum’s collections cover a comprehensive range of humanities-related fields (including archeology, history, folk traditions, artistic handicrafts, etc.) and natural science-related fields (including zoology, botany and geoscience). Besides permanent exhibitions focused on the history and natural history of Tokushima, the Museum also hosts special exhibitions (with new themed exhibitions starting three times a year) as well as experiential classrooms and other special events. Facilities include a breastfeeding room, free lockers, a restaurant, and a museum shop. Free Wi-Fi is available.
  • Tokushima Prefectural Awa Jurobe Yashiki (Puppet Theater and Museum)
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    4.5
    45 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...

  • Awa Deko Ningyo Kaikan puppet theatre museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokushima Pref. Tokushimashi Kawauchichou Miyajimahonura 226-1
    The Awa Deko Ningyo Kaikan puppet theatre museum is located around 15 minutes’ drive from JR Tokushima Station. The museum features displays of Ningyo Joruri puppets, classes in making puppet heads, and humorous introductions to the special techniques used in puppet-making. The aim is for visitors to be able to learn about Awa Deko puppets in an enjoyable way by watching and listening. The Awa Deko Ningyo Kaikan also sells, restores and repairs deko puppets.
  • Tokushima City Tokushima Castle Museum
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    3.5
    55 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokushima Pref. Tokushimashi Tokushimachoujounai 1-8
    This is a museum erected at the site of the Tokushima Castle palace ruins in Tokushima Central Park, Tokushima City. It is only a 10-minute walk from the JR Tokushima Station. The permanent exhibit is divided into five themes showcasing artisan works and historical materials of the Tokushima domain and the Hachisuka clan. Here, the Senzanmaru, a national Important Cultural Property that is a decorative whaling ship from the Tokushima domain is the main attraction amongst many other treasures. The museum annually hosts six special exhibits or themed exhibits. The visitors to the history museum may use the same ticket to enjoy the adjoining former Tokushima Castle Omote Goten Garden as well.

    This fascinating museum provides an insight into the history of the area. Get a combined ticket to see the gardens as well.

  • Aqua Eddy underwater sightseeing boat
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Narutoshi Narutochoutosadomariura Oge 264-1
    The Aqua Eddy is a small, fast boat equipped with an underwater observation room. Passengers can get a close underwater view of the spectacular Naruto Strait whirlpools through the glass bottom of the boat, which extends one meter under the water. Being able to enjoy the different views of the whirlpools from on deck and from down below really enhances the viewing experience. As the Aqua Eddy has a limited capacity of 46 passengers, advance booking is required. The journey time is 25 minutes; there are 15 scheduled trips per day. The Uzusio Whirlpool Sightseeing Boat dock, from which the trips depart, is located approximately 15 minutes by car by Naruto Station and around 75 minutes’ drive from Kobe-Sannomiya Station.
  • Uzonomichi Promenade (Tokushima Prefecture)
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    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.
  • Ryozen-ji Temple (Starting point for the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage)
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    4.0
    141 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Narutoshi Oasachoubandou Tsukahana 126
    Ryozen-ji Temple is a Koya-san Shingon Buddhist temple that, according to legend, was founded by the monk Gyoki during the Tempyo era (729–749) on the orders of the Shomu Emperor. The Temple’s formal name is Zikuwazan Ichijoin Ryozenji. Selected for inclusion in the “88 Best Places to Visit in Tokushima,” the Ryozen-ji Temple is also the starting-point for the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage, and is affectionately known as Ichi-ban-san (“Number One”). The Temple is visited by white-robed pilgrims throughout the year, and it is possible to purchase Nokyo-cho (stamp-books for collecting the stamps that confirm that a pilgrim has made a donation to a given temple) and pilgrims’ clothing, staffs and bamboo hats etc. Must-see sights at the Temple include a two-storied pagoda housing the Gochi Nyorai Statues (five statues representing different aspects of the wisdom of the Buddha) and the Meiji Garden located on the north side of the Daishi-do hall.

    Ryozenji is temple 1 and where most henro start off. The grounds are a bit cluttered but charming nonetheless. You can "practice" your set of rituals here -- bell ringing, candle and incense...

  • Gokurakuji Temple
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Narutoshi Oasachouhinoki Dan'no on 12
    The Gokurakuji Temple is a Koya-san Shingon Buddhist temple located in the Oasa-cho Hinoki district of Naruto City; legend has it that the Gokurakuji Temple was founded by the bodhisattva Gyoki during the Konin era (810–824). The temple’s formal name is Nissho-san Muryoju-in. The Gokurakuji Temple is the second temple visited on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. Famous sights inside the Temple complex include a beautiful Japanese garden built to evoke the Pure Land (Buddhist heaven), a Buddha statue praying to which is believed to ensure safe and trouble-free childbirth, and the Cedar of Longevity, which is said to have been planted by Kobo Daishi.

    The Daishido and Hondo can be reached via stone stairs. Do not miss the centuries old camphor tree and the small "wishing" jizo placed outside the Hondo. Lovely temple set up right at the foothills...

  • Temple No. 3, Konsenji Temple
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Itanogunitanochou Otera Kameyamashita 66
    The renowned monk Gyoki is said to have carved the main Buddha statue at this temple during the Tempyo era (729–749) on the orders of the Shomu Emperor, after which the temple was known as Konkomyoji. The name of the temple was changed to Konsen-ji (“Golden Spring Temple”) after Kobo Daishi visited the temple during the Konin era (810–824); during his visit, to relieve a drought that was affecting the area, Kobo Daishi dug a well, from which gushed forth a spring of golden-colored sacred water. Following a program of temple rebuilding initiated by the Kameyama Emperor (who had become a devout Buddhist), the formal name of the temple was changed to Kiko-zan (reflecting the Emperor’s name). In 1582, most of the temple buildings (excluding the Daishi-do hall) were burnt down by soldiers under the command of the warlord Motochika Chosokabe; the building that visitors see today date from after this destruction. The Konsen-ji is the third temple visited on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. The temple is located around one kilometer from Itano Station on the JR Kotoku Line.

    もみじがいい感じに植えられているので期待して出かけましたが、暖かい日が続いていたためか色づきがまだまだのようでした。

  • Temple No. 13, Dainichiji Temple
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    3.5
    24 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Tokushimashi Ichinomiyachou Nishichou 263
    Located in the Ichinomiya-cho district of Tokushima City, the Dainichi-ji Temple is the 13th temple visited on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage, and the fifth temple visited on the Shikoku 33 Kannon Temples Pilgrimage. The temple’s formal name is Oguri-san Kezo-in; the temple belongs to the Daikaku-ji school of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. The name Dainichi-ji derives from the story that, in 815, when Kukai was performing the homa fire ritual in Daishi-ga-mori, the Dainichi Nyorai Buddha appeared to him and told him that, as the place where he was standing was a sacred spot, he should build a temple there; Kukai therefore carved a statue of Dainichi Nyorai as the principal object of veneration for the new temple. During the Tensho era (1573–92), the temple buildings were entirely destroyed by the armies of Motochika Chosokabe. The temple was subsequently rebuilt on the orders of Mitsutaka Hachisuka, the third lord of the Tokushima han (domain). The Dainichi-ji Temple later became the betto-ji (Buddhist temple associated with a Shinto shrine) of the Ichinomiya Shrine, and during the Edo period it was the Ichinomiya Shrine that was visited as part of the 88-temple Pilgrimage, rather than the Dainichi-ji Temple. As a result of the state-ordered separation of Shintoism and Buddhism in the Meiji period, the statue of Kannon (the Goddess of Mercy) with eleven heads that had been venerated at the Ichonomiya Shrine was moved to the Dainichi-ji Temple and became the main object of veneration there, with Dainichi Nyorai playing an ancillary role.

    At the end of a quiet mountain road is this pretty temple which is number 4 on the pilgrimage. It's a 2 km or so walk from the Rakan bus stop.

  • Temple No. 5, Jizoji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Itanogunitanochou Rakan Hayashihigashi 5
    The Jizo-ji Temple is an Omuro Shingon Buddhist Temple located in Itano Town, Itano District, Tokushima Prefecture. It is the fifth temple visited on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage; the temple’s formal name is Mujin-zan Shogo-in. The Jizo-ji Temple is renowned for the 500 Arhat statues in the Okuno-in Hall.The temple is said to have been founded in 821 by Kobo Daishi (Kukai) on the orders of the Saga Emperor; Kobo Daishi personally carved a statue of the Shogun Jizo bodhisattva (approximately 5 cm high) to be the temple’s main object of veneration. Subsequently, Jokan Shonin, the officiating monk for Kumano Gongen, carved a statue of the Enmei Jizo bodhisattva (approximately 80 cm high) from Kumano Gongen’s sacred tree, and the statue of the Shogun Jizo bodhisattva carved by Kobo Daishi was placed inside this new statue. The temple thrived under the patronage of devout warlords, until it was destroyed by the armies of Motochika Chosokabe. The buildings that the visitor sees today date from the Edo period, when the temple was rebuilt on the orders of the Hachisuka family (the lords of the Tokushima domain).
  • Roadside Station Oboke (Monster House and Stone Museum)
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Yamashirochoukamimyou 1553-1
    Roadside Station Oboke is located in Miyoshi City. Besides the Monster House and Stone Museum, which feature 70 monsters from local legends and a sample of the rudaceous schist that has been designated as a Natural Monument, there is also a hotspring footbath (open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from March to November) where visitors can relax and enjoy beautiful views of the Yoshino River, as well as a gift-shop selling local Miyoshi specialties and natural stones, a café, etc.

    This attraction brings out the child in you! Different Yokai exist in Japanese folklore and each legend is interesting. The Yokai is a class of supernatural monsters. Some characters are quite...

  • Momijitei soba noodles restaurant
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Yamashirochounishiu 1468 - 1 River Station West - West
    Momijitei is an Iya Soba (buckwheat noodles) restaurant in a converted traditional farmhouse with a marvelous atmosphere, situated above the Oboke Gorge. The restaurant specialty is handmade Soba noodles made with locally-sourced ingredients. Diners can ask for Udon noodles instead if they prefer (at the same price). In the winter months, the restaurant also serves Oden, which is very popular too. Diners enjoy impressive views of the gorge through the windows as they eat.

    家族で訪問しました。 利用は2回目です。 清潔感のある解放的な店内で 徳島ラーメンが味わえます。 徳島ラーメンは 関西人的にはやや濃い味に感じるかも? でも、生卵を落としたり、 白ご飯を残ったスープに混ぜ込んだりと、 徳島ラーメン的作法さえわかっていたら、 丁度良くなると思います。 なんで、食べ方は… お店の人に遠慮なく聞いた方が良いかも? 折角の徳島ラーメン、楽しまなきゃ(^。^)

  • Hotel Iya Onsen hot springs resort
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    4.5
    73 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.

    A must at Iya Valley. We went there after a walk in the morning. Water of the onsen is full of small bubbles and you feel silky smooth after the bath. We got to take a small cable car to go down...

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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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