Top ChoiceDance in Tokushima

Awa-odori Matsuri

The Awa-odori is the largest bon dance in Japan. Each evening men, women and children take to the streets to dance to the samba-like rhythm of the theme song ‘Awa Yoshikono’, accompanied by the sounds of shamisen...

Top ChoiceIzakaya in Tokushima

Otona-no-Izakaya Kagoya-Tarō Kamuan

There aren't many nonsmoking izakaya out there! This place, up the white stairs almost at the end of the arcade, offers a smoke-free environment, healthy menu options and nomi-kurabe (compare the taste) sets of...

Top ChoiceFood Hall in Tokushima

Tokushima Station Bar Alley

Definitely the hottest eating and drinking spot in Tokushima is downstairs in the Clement Plaza building, under the station. New in 2018 is Bar Alley, with nine impressive places offering set meals for lunch,...

Top ChoiceMicrobrewery in Tokushima

Awa Shinmachigawa Brewery

Head to this relaxed spot down by the river to try a few local brews such as the pale ale, stout and bitter. There's indoor and outdoor seating, plenty of eating options and a convivial atmosphere. A nomi-kurabe...

Top ChoiceMountain in Tokushima


At the foot of Bizan, the 280m-high summit at the southwestern end of Shinmachibashi-dōri, the Bizan Ropeway whizzes you to the top for fine city views. A combined ticket for the cable car, museum and dance show...

Izakaya in Tokushima

Izakaya Ikiiki

This slick little izakaya is well worth the adventure of having to battle Japanese-only menus. Just past the northeast corner of the park, Ikiiki has friendly, helpful staff, fresh seafood, and best of all,...

Park in Tokushima


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 Castle) and the beautiful Senshūkaku-teien, an intimate...

Theatre in Tokushima

Awa Jūrobe Yashiki Puppet Theatre

For hundreds of years, puppet theatre thrived in the farming communities around Tokushima. Performances can still be seen here, in the former residence of Bandō Jūrobe, a samurai who allowed himself to be...

Museum in Tokushima

Tokushima Modern Art Museum

With a permanent collection that includes modern masters, both Japanese and Western, this surprisingly sophisticated prefectural museum houses two- and three-dimensional art by Picasso and Klee as well as by...

Museum in Tokushima

Awa Odori Kaikan

Awa Odori Kaikan features extensive exhibits relating to the Awa-odori Matsuri and dance. The dance is performed for visitors at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm daily (and also at 11am on weekends), with a nightly performance...

Ramen in Tokushima

Tokushima Ramen Men Ō

There are about 20 seats in this Tokushima classic only a couple of minutes' walk from the station. Right outside the front door is a machine with the menu and photos of each dish – pick what looks good, put the...

Cable Car in Tokushima

Bizan Ropeway

A cable car whizzes guests to the top of Mt Bizan for fine views over the city.

Museum in Tokushima

Tokushima Castle Museum

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 artefacts from this period. On display in the museum are the...

Izakaya in Tokushima


Named after an anime character who always arrives in the nick of time, Kisuke has built a reputation for imaginative seafood dishes. Get a recommendation for the freshest specials. To find Kisuke, take...

Udon in Tokushima

Self Udon Yama

'Self Udon' is very popular – line up at the counter, then when it's your turn, choose cold or hot noodles before heading further along the counter to pick toppings, side dishes and broth. Everything is added up...

Karaoke in Tokushima

Ingrid's International Lounge

Filipina Ingrid is Tokushima's go-to girl for expat gossip and all-night karaoke. The lounge is hard to find, tucked among the hostess clubs in the southwest of Akita-machi, but there's nothing duplicitous about...

Japanese in Tokushima


Its beige facade looks unremarkable, and its atmosphere is unassuming, but the traditional Japanese dishes served at this family-run restaurant are beautifully prepared. Choose from three dinner set menus (¥1650...

Museum in Tokushima

Awa Deko Ningyō Kaikan

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-making process.

Gardens in Tokushima


Adjacent to Tokushima Castle Museum is the beautiful Senshūkaku-teien, an intimate 16th-century garden featuring rock bridges and secluded ponds.