Attractions

Top Choice 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…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Naruto

Temple One: Ryōzen-ji

Ryōzen-ji is Temple One of the 88 Sacred Temples of Shikoku pilgrimage. It is Temple One as it was the first temple pilgrims came to after arriving on Shikoku by boat after visiting Kōya-san in Wakayama Prefecture t…
Top Choice Mountain in Tokushima

Bizan

At the foot of Bizan, the 280m-high summit at the southwestern end of Shinmachibashi-dōri, Awa Odori Kaikan features extensive exhibits relating to the Awa-odori Matsuri and dance. The dance is performed at 2pm, 3pm…
Top Choice Museum in Hiwasa

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, small tanks and a hatchery with baby turtles aged up to thr…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Muroto-misaki

Temple 24: Hotsumisaki-ji

This gorgeous hilltop temple is considered one of the most important on the 88 Temple Pilgrimage as it is at Muroto that Kōbō Daishi achieved enlightenment. Either walk up on the age-old henro trail that starts just…
Top Choice Brewery in Tokushima & the Anan Coast

Rise & Win Brewing Co. BBQ & General Store

Got to love this place. Everything at Rise & Win's brewery restaurant in Kamikatsu is recycled from old town buildings, from the frontal window collaboration to the 'bottle chandelier'. Kamikatsu is on a mission…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Naruto

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 you directly 42m above the action. There is an observation g…
Museum in Naruto

Otsuka Museum of Art

One from the 'only in Japan file', this incredible 'ceramic board masterpiece museum' features more than 1000 replicas of priceless Western art on ceramic boards in a five-storey museum built inside a mountain at Na…
Buddhist Temple in Tokushima & the Anan Coast

Temple 21: Tairyū-ji

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 easily accessed by the Tairyū-ji Ropeway, providing a rare oppo…
Park in Tokushima

Chūō-kōen

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 16th…