The small fishing town of Hiwasa (日和佐; also known as Minami) provides respite for road-weary pilgrims with a michi-no-eki (rest stop) on the main road in the middle of town, not far from the entrance gates to the town's main attraction, Yakuō-ji, Temple 23 of the 88. In addition to the usual food stalls, immaculate restrooms and small market, this place also has a free foot bath. Stop by and soak your feet. If you are interested in sea turtles, head out to attractive Ōhama Beach where's there's a very good museum and a secluded hotel.
If you're struggling with road signs, Hiwasa is the main town in what is now called Minami town, which covers a large area of southern Tokushima Prefecture. Road signs now label Hiwasa as Minami, though the train station is still called Hiwasa and that's what locals call their town.