Travel / Tourism Spots in Tokushima / Naruto Area

  • 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.

    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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    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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    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...

  • Otsuka Museum of Art
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    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.
  • Ooasahiko Shrine
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    81 Reviews
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    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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    77 Reviews
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    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...

  • Roadside Station Daiku no Sato
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    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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    58 Reviews
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    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...

  • Temple No. 13, Dainichiji Temple
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    29 Reviews
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    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...

  • Team Lab Tokushima Bunka-no-Mori Universe of Water Particles on Bunka-no-Mori Park
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    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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    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。

  • Joroku-ji Temple
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    20 Reviews
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    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

  • Idoji Temple
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    2 Reviews
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    Tokushima Pref. Tokushimashi Kokufuchouido Kitayashiki 80-1
    Idoji Temple, located to the west of Nakaakui Bridge, is the 17th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It used to be named Myoshoji Temple but it came to be called “Ido (Well) Temple” because of the story that Kobo Daishi dug a well with his staff for the local people who were lacking water. The well itself remains as the “Omokage no Ido.” The seven Buddha Yakushi Nyorai—main temple idols—are located in the main hall and were said to have been made by Shotoku Taishi. Visitors can come and worship directly. The eleven-faced Kannon bodhisattva located in the Kannon hall is designated as an Important Cultural Property.

    673年創建の由緒ある寺院。落ち着いた雰囲気のお寺ですが、寺の中で最も存在感があるのはこの門だと思います。

  • Kokugan-zan Henjo-in Dainichi-ji Temple (the 4th Temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage)
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    Tokushima Pref. Itanogunitanochou Kurodani Iuchi 28
    The Kokugan-zan Henjo-in Dainichi-ji Temple is the 4th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. According to tradition, Kobo Daishi spent a considerable period meditating on the Temple site, and had a vision of the Dainichi-Nyorai Buddha; this led him to carve a statue of the Dainichi-Nyorai Buddha to serve as the main object of veneration for the Temple which he proceeded to have built. The Dainichi-ji Temple’s Sanmon (Main Gate) was constructed using an unusual design featuring a bell tower with round pillars above a gateway with square pillars. The cloister that links the Main Hall with the Daishi Hall is lined with wooden statues of the bodhisattva Kannon. This is said to be connected to the 33 Kannon Temples Pilgrimage.

    四国88箇所の四番札所の境内にある観音像で、西国33カ所の観音像が安置されている。江戸時代に奉納されたものだそうだが、なかなか見応えがある。

  • Kokubun-ji Temple
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    Tokushima Pref. Tokushimashi Kokufuchou Yano 718-1
    The Kokubun-ji Temple is the 15th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is one of many Kokubun-ji (state-supported provincial temples) founded throughout Japan by Emperor Shomu in the 8th century. As a total of four Kokubun-ji temples were established in Shikoku, and as several of them are included in the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage, this particular temple is known as the Awa Kokubun-ji Temple, to differentiate it from the others. The bodhisattva Gyoki personally carved a statue of the Yakushi Nyorai Buddha (Medicine Buddha) to serve as the main object of veneration at the Temple. The Temple originally belonged to the Hosso school of Buddhism (one of the Southern Schools), but changed allegiance to the Shingon school during the period in which Kobo Daishi was organizing the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage route. The Awa Kokubun-ji Temple Garden has been designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty and also as a Prefectural Historic Site.

    期待以上のすごい迫力でした。大きな石のバランスと配置が建物と非常にあっていてどこにもない創造性を感じさせてくれました。妻が庭が好きなのでとても気に入っていました。

  • Naruto City Tourist Information Center
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    Tokushima Naruto-shi Muyacho Okuwajima
    The tourist information center is located at the gateway to Shikoku. It provides information on sightseeing and transportation in and around Naruto City. Its facilities include boards with sightseeing information, a waiting room, coin-operated locker, restrooms, a taxi stand, and more. There is also a slope car that ferries passengers up and down the slope between the center and the highway bus stop above it.

    高速バスに乗るときにチケットを買ったりしていますが,さまざまな観光地のパンフレットも揃っているので,ここで要所をつかんでおくべきでしょう。

  • Temple No. 14, Jorakuji Temple
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    Tokushima Pref. Tokushimashi Kokufuchou Enmei 606
    The Joraku-ji Temple is a Koya-san Shingon Buddhist temple; its formal name is Seiju-zan Enmei-in. The Joraku-ji Temple is the 14th temple visited on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage; it is the only one of the 88 temples that is dedicated to the bodhisattva Maitreya. According to tradition, when Kobo Daishi was meditating in this area, he saw a vision of the Miroku-bosatsu (Bodhisattva Maitreya), accompanied by numerous other bodhisattvas, expounding Buddhist doctrine; Kobo Daishi carved a statue of Maitreya in sacred wood, built a temple, and set up the statue as the main object of veneration in the temple. The temple was subsequently expanded by Kobo Daishi’s disciples Shinzen Sojo and Kishin Shonin. During the Tensho era (1573–1592), the temple was burnt down by the armies of Motochika Chosokabe; it was rebuilt in 1659 on the orders of Hachisuka Mitsutaka, the lord of the Tokushima domain. Within the temple grounds, there is a stone Buddha statue ensconced in the branches of a huge araragi (Japanese Yew) tree, which is venerated as “Araragi-Daishi.”

    四国八十八ヶ所霊場第十四番札所の常楽寺の境内は自然の岩盤が露出した断層になっていて独特の景観です。境内はその景観から流水岩の庭とも呼ばれていますが正面奥に本堂がどんと建っています。本堂右手前にアララギ大師と呼ばれる巨木があります。高さ10m幹回り8mのアララギ(イチイ)の巨木です。迫力満点で独特の景観の境内に強いインパクトを加えています。倒壊を防ぐ為に枝葉は随分とそぎ落とされているように見えますが...

  • Koyo-zan Senjuin Kannon-ji Temple
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    Tokushima Pref. Tokushimashi Kokufuchou Kanonji 49-2
    The Koyo-zan Senjuin Kannon-ji Temple is a temple belonging to the Koya-san school of Shingon Buddhism that is located in the Kokufu-cho Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture; it is the 16th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. The Kannon-ji Temple was originally founded on the orders of Emperor Shomu. According to tradition, the Temple’s current name derives from the statue of the Buddhist deity Kannon with “One Thousand Arms” (Senju), flanked by warrior attendants, which is the main object of veneration in the Temple, and which was carved by Kobo Daishi. There are many legends relating to the mystical powers of the Kannon-ji Temple, more than for almost any other temple in Shikoku. Within the Temple precincts, there are many crutches etc. that were donated as offerings by people who had been healed after worshipping at the Temple. Sights that are particularly worth seeing include the two-tiered Japanese-style Shoro-mon (gate with bell tower), the Yonaki Jizo statue, praying at which was believed to help cure colic and other illnesses in children, a painting depicting a woman enveloped in flames as a punishment for maltreating her mother-in-law, etc.

    裏側に数台留めることができる駐車場があり、以前17,16番札所は行っていたのですが、この門の伝統的で対称的なスタイルに惹かれての再訪。聖武天皇の伝統を引き継いでいるかどうかはわからなかったが、欄間や2階の部分の複雑な模様は一見の価値がありました。

  • Temple No. 5, Jizoji Temple
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    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).

    奥之院にある五百羅漢が珍しく、それが見所のひとつになっている。しかし、御本尊は地蔵菩薩。ちょっと不思議であるがそこが味わい?

  • Otaniyaki-kamamoto Mori Toki Co.
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    9 Reviews
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    Tokushima Pref. Narutoshi Oasachouotani Iridino shoulder 24
    This kiln has been making Otaniyaki—a traditional craft of Awa—since the Edo period. The sincere, grand beauty of the works—artistic works, hanging baskets, and human-sized jugs—is well received by locals and visitors to the Prefecture, even dubbed best in Japan by potter Kawai Kanjiro. Tour the workshop to get an up-close view of the craftsman techniques—including the only “lay-down potter’s wheel” in the country—or take courses (reservation required) in painting, using the wheel, or handwork. Next to Reizanji Temple, the first temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage, the garden lets you hear the sound of the suikinkutsu pot.

    藍染体験の帰りに、大谷焼の窯元が集まっているエリアに寄りました。手頃でデザインも素敵な陶器がたくさんあり、見るだけでも楽しかったです。またゆっくり時間を取っていきたいと思いました。

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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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