Tokushima

  •  Hiwasa Chelonian Museum Caretta (Ohama Beach, Minami, Kaifu District, Tokushima Prefecture)

    Hiwasa Chelonian Museum Caretta (Ohama Beach, Minami, Kaifu District, Tokushima Prefecture)

    Tokushima Facilities・Townscapes

    One of the few sea turtle museums in the world. See living sea turtles in a giant aquarium! Events are sometimes held to release baby sea turtles hatched in the museum into the sea. A valuable place to get close to sea turtles.

    Location:

    Minami, Kaifu District, Tokushima Prefecture

  •  Sea of Clouds (Hachigo-giri in Yamashiro)

    Sea of Clouds (Hachigo-giri in Yamashiro)

    Tokushima Nature

    In tall mountains, the cloud sea phenomenon happens, but in the case of Yamashiro, the terrain and climate means that places where there is a river, the Hachigo-giri effect occurs. Of course, with any riverbank, in a steep mountainous area, cultivated fields reach up to the sky, but when the seasons are changing from spring to summer and again from summer to fall and winter, in periods when the temperature changes are extreme, the hachigo-giri fog rises up off the river. In the chilly morning air, climb up to the topmost parts of the mountains and experience unspeakable beauty and stillness.

    Location:

    Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture

  •  Mt. Tsurugi

    Mt. Tsurugi

    Tokushima Nature

    Mt. Tsurugi is listed among Japan's 100 most famous mountains. Though it has a height of 1955m, there is a chairlift from the beginning of the hiking trail to the center of the hiking trail, and it is a comparatively easy mountain to climb, making it popular. On a clear day, the view from the top of the mountain can reach to Kansai, Kishu, and the Seto Inland Sea.

    Location:

    Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture

  •  Local Cuisine in an Old Folk House

    Local Cuisine in an Old Folk House

    Tokushima Facilities・Townscapes Food

    Togenkyo Iya's mountain hamlet folk home stay. Even in the remote Iya Valley, this spot is even more remote. Folk homes in Ochiai, a picturesque hamlet in Higashi-iya were renovated and opened as accommodation facilities in 2012. Guests can chose to enjoy simple local family cuisine as an option. The smiles of local motherly hosts will surely help guests forget the hustle and bustle of city life.

    Location:

    Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture

  •  Iya Valley Peeing Boy

    Iya Valley Peeing Boy

    Tokushima Nature Facilities・Townscapes

    In the deep, V-shaped gorge, the emerald green Iya River flows, and looking down from above is sure to make your head spin. In the autumn, the mountain is full of fall leaves from the bottom of the valley to the peaks, and visitors peek out at the sight from cars and buses. On a cliff overlooking the Iya River, a rock left from building the road sticks out, and on top of the rock, a statue of a peeing boy stands, as a physical representation of anecdotes about local children and travelers testing their courage.

    Location:

    Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture

  •  Oboke Gorge in Winter

    Oboke Gorge in Winter

    Tokushima Nature

    Crystalline schist was worn away by the Yoshinogawa River rapids over 200 million years to create the gorge, which looks as though it was carved out of marble. Every winter, the snow-covered gorge looks even more magical than usual. Enjoy stove-equipped boats on a winter cruise.

    Location:

    Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture

  •  Oku-Iya Double Vine Bridges

    Oku-Iya Double Vine Bridges

    Tokushima Nature Facilities・Townscapes

    Approximately 800 years ago, the Heike clan used Mt. Tsurugi as a place to train their horses, and these vine bridges were used to travel there. Now it is a passage to the Oku-Iya Kazura Vine Bridge Campground. There are two bridges side-by-side, so they are nicknamed the "Man's Bridge and Women's Bridge", or the "Husband and Wife Bridge". Beside the Women's Bridge is a man-powered ropeway that crosses the river, called a "yaen".

    Location:

    Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture

  •  Wakimachi Udatsu Streetscape

    Wakimachi Udatsu Streetscape

    Tokushima History Facilities・Townscapes

    From the Edo period to the Meiji period, "Awa Ai" indigo was traded here, in this streetscape full of merchant houses. On the second floor between buildings, extended walls called "udatsu" were built. At first they were built to prevent fires from spreading, but they quickly became a point of ornamental competition between houses, giving rise to the idiom "udatsu ga agaranai" meaning someone who can't get ahead in the world. In 1988, it was one of 28 places designated as an Important Group of Traditional Buildings.

    Location:

    Mima City, Tokushima Prefecture

  •  Dogama

    Dogama

    Tokushima Nature

    Dogama is a famous place in the naturally beautiful Ichiu Gorge, location of the clear-flowing Sadamitsu River. The three giant potholes were created by erosion in the hard green schist. The potholes are called Ichinokama, Ninokama, and Sannokama, and they create a tunnel, which creates a rare sight not seen elsewhere. Prefecturally Designated Natural Monument.

    Location:

    Tsurugi, Mima District, Tokushima Prefecture

  •  Haha River Firefly Festival (Kaiyo)

    Haha River Firefly Festival (Kaiyo)

    Tokushima Nature Festivals・Events

    The lights of little fairies flutter above the clear firefly river. The lights reflect in the dark river's surface, creating a magical scene. During the Firefly Festival, ride a riverboat on the Haha River to see the fireflies up close.

    Location:

    Kaiyo, Kaifu District, Tokushima Prefecture

  •  Himegami Festival (Nakamura, Mugi)

    Himegami Festival (Nakamura, Mugi)

    Tokushima Nature Festivals・Events

    This traditional ceremony based on a tale of tragic love features a strange rock enshrined deep in Mugi Oshima, called "Himegami". Participants pray for a good catch and safety on the sea, and after prayers are offered to the 3m long, 1.5m diameter male symbol, it is put on a fishing boat and paraded to Oshima Island 7.5km off the coast. At night, the town is lively with a fireworks display.

    Location:

    Mugi, Kaifu District, Tokushima Prefecture

  •  Mugi Oshima Island Thousand-year Coral (Mugi)

    Mugi Oshima Island Thousand-year Coral (Mugi)

    Tokushima Nature

    In a cove of the largest uninhabited island in Tokushima, Mugi Oshima, there is a porites lutea coral that has been living for over a thousand years, estimated to be one of the largest in the world. It is 10m tall, 30m wide, and its presence is like a forest inside the ocean. Mugi Oshima island itself, surrounded by brightly colored fish and coral, is known as the Galapagos of Shikoku. See Club Noah Mugi for diving excursions.

    Location:

    Mugi, Kaifu District, Tokushima Prefecture

  •  Kito Cedar Log Riding Tournament (Naka)

    Kito Cedar Log Riding Tournament (Naka)

    Tokushima Nature Festivals・Events

    Cedar logs cut from the forest are floated downstream in this contest that allows participants to experience a traditional skill. The Nakagawa River, so clear that sweetfish can be seen swimming on the river bottom from the bridge, is where log riders called "Tobi" ride down the river balanced on just one log. It is fun just watching the local experts perform difficult maneuvers. Practice events are held in June and July.

    Location:

    Naka, Naka District, Tokushima Prefecture

  •  Awa Odori Dance Festival

    Awa Odori Dance Festival

    Tokushima Festivals・Events

    Tokushima's summer festival Awa Odori is world-class. One of the three major Bon Odori festivals in Japan, it has approximately 400 years of history. Female dancers wear yukata and kimono, covering their heads in a woven straw hat, while dancing in beautiful formation with grace and fluidity.

    Location:

    All over the prefecture, centered on Tokushima City

  •  Naruto Whirlpools

    Naruto Whirlpools

    Tokushima Nature Facilities・Townscapes Industry・Technology

    The difference in sea level in the Naruto Strait when the tide ebbs and flows creates intense currents, including whirlpools that can reach up to 20 meters in diameter. One of the three big tidal currents in the world, the deafening roar of the whirlpools and the swirling spectacle is magnificent to see. The whirlpools appear for about one and a half hours before and after low and high tide every day.

    Location:

    Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture

  •  Iya Vine Bridge

    Iya Vine Bridge

    Tokushima Nature Facilities・Townscapes

    Wild hardy kiwi vines (approximately 5 tons) are used to make this vine bridge, which is 45m long, 2m wide, and 14m above the water. In olden times, it was used as an important part of the local road in this deep valley. Nationally Designated Important Folk Cultural Asset.

    Location:

    Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture

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