Tokushima & the Anan Coast

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 wind and waves really pound in here.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Tokushima & the Anan Coast attractions

1. Sea Turtle Museum Caretta


Dedicated to sea turtles, the museum's name – Caretta – comes from the scientific name for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle. Inside, there's a lot of turtle info…

2. Temple 23: Yakuō-ji

0.72 MILES

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…

3. Mollusc Mugi Shell Museum

7.25 MILES

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…

4. Temple 21: Tairyū-ji

10.35 MILES

While most henro over the past 1200 years have struggled up steep mountain paths to get to Tairyū-ji, these days this magnificent mountaintop temple is…

6. Tokushima Modern Art Museum

21.14 MILES

With a permanent collection that includes modern masters, both Japanese and Western, this surprisingly sophisticated prefectural museum houses two- and…

7. Tokushima Prefectural Museum

21.21 MILES

Full of huge dinosaur skeletons and engaging natural-history exhibits, this prefectural museum will keep kids entertained for hours.

8. ACTY 21


Landmark building in Tokushima's Akita-machi district.