Nature Spots in Tokushima Area

  • Iya Valley
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    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Ikedachoumatsuo - Nishiyanyama Village
    One of Japan’s three hidden valleys, Iya is a steep valley spreading out at the foot of the Shikoku Mountains. The perfectly formed V-shape valley and majestic landscape with the emerald green of the Iya River weaving its way along the valley floor are sights worth seeing. In autumn it is known as a picturesque spot for the viewing of colorful autumn foliage due to the way in which the whole valley side turns red from the valley floor to the top. Perched up high on a cliff above the Iya River is the Statue of a Peeing Boy, said to be where children and travelers to the region would see who is the bravest while standing on this precarious rock.
  • Cape Kamoda
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    Tokushima Pref. Ananshi Tsubakichou Kiryuda
    Located on the easternmost tip of Shikoku, this cape has a lighthouse with a fantastic view. On clear days, visitors can see all the way to the distant Onaruto Bridge, Awaji Island, and even Wakayama Prefecture. The beach to the north is also famously known as a place where loggerhead turtles lay their eggs. It's also fun to view the beautiful scenery from the Nami-no-Uta monument completed relatively recently in 2010.
  • Oboke and Koboke
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    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Yamashirochoushigezane - First name
    Oboke and Koboke are great valleys created by the erosion of the Yoshino River running through the Shikoku Mountains. The strangely shaped rocks chiseled over time, the lush green forest and natural beauty of the clear stream meandering along the valley floor are sights to behold. The valleys were designated a National Natural Monument in 2014. Activities such as boat trips and rafting, as well as sightseeing train tours and sightseeing buses are also recommended things to do here.
  • Komatsu Beach
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    Tokushima Pref. Tokushimashi Kawauchichou
    This beach is the only swimming beach in Tokushima City and thus is the primary beach destination for local residents. From mid-July to mid-August, five beach clubhouses operate here. During swimming season, lifeguards and nurses are also continuously stationed at the beach, ensuring beachgoers can enjoy swimming in safety. The site has a free parking area with 600 spaces as well as changing rooms, showers, and toilets, making it easy to come and enjoy a day at the beach.
  • Naruto Strait
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    Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture-Awaji Island, Hyogo Prefecture
    A straight famous for its whirlpools which appear cyclically due to the rising and falling of the sea level caused by the pull of the moon and sun. The straight rapidly grows 1.3 kilometers narrower and its deepest point is around 90 meters. Visitors are particularly recommended to view the straight on spring tide days when the current is faster.
  • Mt. Tsurugi
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    Mima City, Tokushima Prefecture, Miyoshi City, Nakagun Nakamachi, Mimagun Tsurugi Town
    Counted as one of 100 Famous Japanese Mountains, at 1,955-meter high, it is also the second highest peak in western Japan, coming after Mt. Ishizuchi. Visitors can enjoy the seasonally changing virgin forests and alpine plants. Also considered a sacred place in mountain worshipping religions, large numbers of climbers visit the mountain year round. A lift operates from mid-April to the end of November which can take riders from the trailhead to midway up the trail leading to the mountaintop.
  • Ohama Coast
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    Tokushima Kaifu-gun Minamicho Hiwasaura
    This coast is well-known for being a sea turtle nesting ground. Loggerhead sea turtles visit each year from mid-May to mid-August to lay their eggs. The coast, which is also well-known as a place a scenic beauty, has been selected as one of the Japan's 100 Great Beaches as well as one of the Shikoku's 88 Great Waterfronts. The white sand beaches, which have a tropical atmosphere, are visited by many beachgoers during the summer.
  • Todoroki Waterfalls
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    Tokushima Prefecture Kaifu-gun, Kaiyo-cho, King surplus Uotani
    Todoroki Waterfalls were selected as one of the 100 best Japanese waterfalls. This waterfall which boasts of being the largest in Shikoku, has the feature of a superb resounding thunderous roaring and ground trembling. The waterfall is also enshrined at Todoroki Shrine and Ryuo-ji Temple. Various large and small waterfalls occur in succession upstream such as Ookarasu-Kokarasu falls and Torigaeshi falls, and as a general term, the waterfalls are also called “Todoroki Kujuku-taki Waterfalls”.
  • Hinoji Valley
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    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Nishiyayamamuratanouchi
    "A valley located in Iya, counted as one of three most secluded areas in Japan. ""Hinoji"" means ""the character of hi"" and is derived from the section of the beautiful Iya River which flows here in the shape of the Japanese hiragana character ""hi."" Also a renowned destination for viewing fall foliage, in autumn the entire valley, from the floor to the top of the surrounding peaks, becomes covered in spectacular color. Be sure to check out the Mannekin Pis statue and the ""Kazurabashi Yumebutai"" tourist facility."
  • Ryuzu Falls
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    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Minochoukamonomiya
    "A pair of 14-meter-tall waterfalls on the Takiya River, a tributary of the Yoshino River. The first waterfall is beyond the valley east of the Taki-ji temple, and the second is a further 60 meters in. Located close to Koyo Onsen, there is a walking path and a rest area at the end of the path. Due to its particularly beautiful appearance during the fall foliage season, the waterfall is also known as ""Fall Foliage Falls."""
  • Awa no Dochu
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    Tokushima Pref. Awashi Awachousakuranoka
    Located an approximately 15-minute drive from the Wakicho Interchange or Awa Parking Area on the Tokushima Expressway, it has a unique landscape characterized by distinctive pillars of soil formed by the erosion of the gravel bed. In addition to Hatogatake designated a national natural monument, the topography consists of five peaks including Tachibanadake, Mushirodake, Furodake and Torodake, and it is one of the world's three largest with the Rocky Mountains in the United States and the Earth Pyramids of South Tyrol in Italy. With a promenade and an observation deck in the vicinity, it is possible to look out from various angles. It is also illuminated in the nighttime.
  • Oboke Gorge
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    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Yamashirochounishiu district
    "Located approximately 35 minutes from the Otoyo Interchange on the Kochi Expressway or the Ikawa-Ikeda Interchange on the Tokushima Expressway, this V-shaped valley was formed by rapid erosion of the rocks in the upper reaches of the Yoshino River. It is a scenic spot with exposed rock formations on both sides of the river, and is designated as a natural monument in Tokushima Prefecture. You can enjoy the magnificent scenery created over 200 million years by listening to explanations from boatmen going downstream on sightseeing boats year-round. In the spring, you can see light purple ""rock azaleas"" and other flowers that grow between the white rocks, and the fresh greenery and autumn leaves are also beautiful."
  • Kurozo Marshland
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    Tokushima Miyoshi-shi Ikedacho Shikkawa Kurosawa
    This marshland is located in a roughly 500 meter-high basin in Miyoshi City at the western tip of Tokushima Prefecture. More than 60 varieties of wildflowers bloom in the marshland, which is surrounded by mountains of about 600 meters in height. The area is home to many rare species of wildlife, so we recommend taking your time to explore it. There is a promenade that visitors can use to circle the marshland.
  • Anafuki River
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    Tokushima Mima-shi Anabukicho Surrounding area
    This class A river in Mima City flows from its source Mt. Tsurugi in Koyadaira to before pouring into the Yoshino River in Anabukicho. In the summer, it is a popular spot for riverside leisure. The rafting competition held on the river every August sees great numbers of participants and spectators. Hikers who follow the river upstream can enjoy the ever-changing seasonal scenery of the river valley.
  • Okawara Highland
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    Tokushima Prefecture Northe-gun SANAGAWANA village Okawara
    Okawara Highland is a vast 120 hectare highland plateau stretching east from the peak of Mt. Asahigamaru. During the early summer months around 30,000 hydrangeas can be seen in full bloom. There are also wind turbines located up here making for idyllic views for visitors to enjoy.
  • Mt. Bizan
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    Tokushima-shi, Tokushima-ken
    This is a symbolic mountain of Tokushima City and is named “Mt. Bizan (eyebrow mountain)” because the shape looks like human eyebrows. Bizan Park, with mountain trails and driving courses as well as a rope way is located at the summit of about 280 meters in altitude. It is a scenic spot which overlooks the city of Tokushima, and the night view is also popular.
  • Biwa-no-taki (Biwa Waterfall)
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    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Nishiyayamamurazentoku
    The Biwa-no-taki (Biwa Waterfall) is located on the Iyagawa River, a tributary of the Yoshino River. The water flows straight down like white threads over bare rock from a height of 50 meters, making for a very beautiful sight. The waterfall derives its name (“Waterfall of the Lute”) from a legend that one of the defeated members of the Taira family living here in exile after the Gempei War sat by the waterfall and played melodies on his Biwa lute recalling the glories of Kyoto.
  • Tebajima
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    Tokushima Kaifu-gun Mugicho Mugiura
  • Fudono no Tanada
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    Tokushima Katsuura Mure Kamikatsucho Ikumi
  • Tanono no Tanada
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    Tokushima Katsuura Mure Kamikatsucho Asahi Dobira

Tokushima Areas


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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