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Introducing Tokushima

With Mt Bizan looming in the west, and the Shinmachi-gawa cutting a gentle swathe through the middle, Tokushima is an appealing modern city and, with a number of nearby temples, makes a popular starting point for pilgrims.

Every August, the Awa-odori Matsuri, a traditional dance festival, attracts thousands of Japanese from across the country. At other times, the Naruto whirlpools have visitors in a spin.