Tokushima & the Anan Coast

Linking Shikoku to Awaji-shima, impressive Ōnaruto-hashi was completed in 1985. Later, when the world's longest suspension bridge, the Akashi Kaikyō-ōhashi, linking northern Awaji-shima to Kōbe, was completed in 1998, Tokushima Prefecture finally had a road link to Honshū. It's 1629m long, its two towers are 145m in height, and the bridge itself is 42m above the water. On the Shikoku side and attached under the bridge, the Uzu-no-michi walkway takes viewers out above the Naruto Whirlpools.

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Nearby Tokushima & the Anan Coast attractions

1. Uzu-no-michi Viewing Walkway


For an intriguing bird's-eye view of the whirlpools, you can walk out along this breezy 450m-long walkway hanging underneath the Naruto Bridge, which puts…

2. Naruto-kōen

0.66 MILES

Naruto Park sits at the Shikoku end of the Naruto bridge and has observation platforms from where you can view the Naruto straits, the bridge and the…

3. Otsuka Museum of Art

0.92 MILES

One from the 'only in Japan file', this incredible 'ceramic board masterpiece museum' features more than 1000 replicas of priceless Western art on ceramic…

4. Temple One: Ryōzen-ji

10.14 MILES

Ryōzen-ji is Temple One of the 88 Sacred Temples of Shikoku pilgrimage. It is called Temple One because it was the first that temple pilgrims came to…

5. Awa Jūrobe Yashiki Puppet Theatre

10.81 MILES

For hundreds of years, puppet theatre thrived in the farming communities around Tokushima. Performances can still be seen here, in the former residence of…

6. Awa Deko Ningyō Kaikan

10.82 MILES

This small museum displays puppets made by the in-house master at Awa Jūrobe Yashiki Puppet Theatre, who also gives talks (in Japanese) on the puppet…

7. Chūō-kōen

12.58 MILES

Northeast of the train station is Tokushima's central park, Chūō-kōen, a lovely place for a stroll. You'll find the scant ruins of Tokushima-jō (Tokushima…

8. Tokushima Castle Museum

12.64 MILES

You can get a glimpse into the castle's former Edo-period grandeur at Tokushima Castle Museum, which contains a model of the castle town as well as…