Top things to do in Tokushima & the Anan Coast

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 called Temple One because it was the first that temple pilgrims came to after arriving on Shikoku following a visit to Kōya-san in Wakaya…
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 Dance 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 (t…
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 incredible spectacle of framed windows that make up the building's facade to the c…
Top Choice Izakaya 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 loca…
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 because it is here at Muroto that Kōbō Daishi achieved enlightenment. Either walk up on the age-old henro trail that s…
Top Choice Food 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, then t…
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 42m directly above the action. There is an observation g…
Top Choice International in Shishikui

Bahati

A superb little spot a tad east of Shishikui, Bahati is run by keen surfer Tsuji-san. Serving everything from pasta to katsu-kareē (pork cutlet, curry and rice), Bahati has surfboards on the rafters, surf photos on …