Attractions

Buddhist Temple in Hiwasa

Temple 23: Yakuō-ji

The major attraction of Hiwasa, Yakuō-ji, Temple 23, is the last temple in Tokushima Prefecture. Yakuō-ji dates back to the year 726, and is famous as a yakuyoke-no-tera (a temple with special powers to ward off ill…
Museum in Hiwasa

Sea Turtle Museum Caretta

Dedicated to sea turtles, the name Caretta for this museum comes from the scientific name for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle. Inside, there's a lot of turtle info, but the highlights are definitely the outside pools wher…
Museum in Hiwasa

Mollusc Mugi Shell Museum

This mollusc-shaped structure is on a beach 4km east of the township of Mugi, 16km southwest of Hiwasa – inside, there's an impressive collection of shells, as well as live tropical specimens such as nautilus. Somew…
Beach in Hiwasa

Ōhama

Head east from the centre of Hiwasa out to the coast to find the attractive beach of Ōhama, a long stretch of sand where sea turtles come to lay their eggs from May to August each year. On heavy weather days, the wi…