Spots in Tokushima / Naruto Area

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Otsuka Museum of Art
    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.
  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.
  • Roadside Station Daiku no Sato
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    3.5
    41 Reviews
    Transportation
    Tokushima Pref. Narutoshi Oasachouhinoki Higashiyamada 53
    This rest stop includes a “German Museum,” which provides information on the exchange between locals and German soldiers who were taken prisoner in WWI, and the “Kagawa Archives & Resource Center.” It’s located in Oasa Town, Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture, where the first Japan performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony took place. The tourist center features shops with famous local goods and an area that serves light German-themed breakfasts. There’s also an information section that provides information on routes and local tourist spots.

    地元の野菜等と共に,ドイツの食材が手に入るのはありがたいです。ドイツのプレッツェルやソーセージなどが美味しかったです。

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Temple No. 13, Dainichiji Temple
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    4.0
    29 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.

    This is a lovely temple to explore, but it is even nice to sleep over. The dinner and breakfasts were wonderful. To make it even more special, the Zen Master Priest, Kim Myoseon, joined us for...

  • 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.

  • Team Lab Tokushima Bunka-no-Mori Universe of Water Particles on Bunka-no-Mori Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokushima Pref. Tokushimashi Hachimanchou Mukouterayama Cultural forest in the general park
    A permanent outdoor exhibit created by Team Lab, a group gaining much attention in Japan and around the world for its cutting edge digital art. The group created the exhibit by first recreating one of the buildings in the park in a virtual 3D space. They then simulated a waterfall falling over that building and used projection mapping to project this image on the actual building. The waterfall continually changes depending on the movement of people; standing at the top of the piece, the flow changes, and you can experience what it’s like to be a boulder obstructing the movement of water.
  • Senjojiki Observation Deck
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima ken Naruto city Naruto cho Naruto park
    Senjojiki Observation Deck is located in Naruto Park, near the entrance to the Uzunomichi promenade, and directly in front of the Onaruto Bridge. This is a great place for viewing the spectacular Onaruto Bridge. There are souvenir shops and restaurants nearby.

    兵庫県淡路島と徳島県をつなぐ大鳴門橋が一望できる展望台です。大鳴門橋のたもとにある鳴門公園の敷地内にありました。大きな駐車場もあったので、車をとめてゆっくり景色を楽しむことができました。天気も良かったのでよい景色でした。

  • 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...

  • Joroku-ji Temple
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Tokushimashi Jourokuchou Jouryou
    The Joroku-ji Temple is a Soto-school Buddhist temple located in Tokushima City. The temple’s honorific “mountain name” is Zuirin-zan; its full formal name is Zuirin-zan Jiun-in Joroku-ji; it is the 24th temple on the Awa-Chichibu Kannon Temples 34-temple Pilgrimage. According to the temple’s own traditions, the Joroku-ji Temple was founded in 650, making it a very ancient temple. Besides the Hon-do (main hall), there are many National Important Cultural Properties in the temple, including the Sanmon gate, the Kannon-do hall, and the Kyozo (Scripture House), and as a result the Jorouku-ji Temple has become known as the “Awa region’s Horyu-ji Temple” (the Horyu-ji Temple in Nara is famous for its antiquity and its many treasures). The bloodstained floorboards from the treacherous attack on Shingai Sanetsuna by Motochika Chosokabe in the temple in 1582 have been preserved as part of the ceiling of the Tokuun-in hall; dark patches that are believed to be the vestiges of the bloodstains from the victims’ hands and feet can still be seen today.

    ここは、阿波の法隆寺と呼ばれる程のお寺で観音堂には年季の入った像が拝めたりトイレの神様、血天井と見学出来ます。(血天井の注意書きは長い) 境内参拝料金=300円

  • Tokushima Natural Hot Spring Aratae no Yu
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    4.5
    19 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokushima Pref. Tokushimashi Minamitamiya 1-2-8
    This day spa offers guests the chance to enjoy hot springs with an incredibly high concentration of minerals. The springs are thought to be sourced from ancient seawater that has been concentrated over thousands of years. The sodium chloride - hydrogen carbonate hot springs are popular for their many purported health benefits as well as for giving bathers clear, moist skin. We recommend both the chic Japanese Spa, which is finished in black granite and bamboo, as well as the bright and elegant Asian Spa, which is finished in white granite.

    We spent the afternoon here not so long ago and had a really nice time. There were plenty of different baths both outdoor and indoor and there’s a nice little play area for children. My baby had a...

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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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