Top things to do

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 Cafe in Tokushima

YRG Café

This lovely little cafe down by the train tracks is run by friendly English-speaking Takao. YRG, meaning 'Yellow, Red, Green', serves up nutritious, comforting meals that meet well-balanced diets. Whatever you order…
Top Choice Izakaya in Tokushima

Izakaya Ikiiki

This slick little izakaya is well worth the adventure of having to battle no-English menus. Just past the northeast corner of the park, Ikiiki has friendly, helpful staff, fresh seafood, and best of all, tasting tra…
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…
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…
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 executed f…
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 Kaburagi a…
Izakaya in Tokushima

Kisuke

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 Ryōgoku-bashi…
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 at 11am as well on weekends), with a nightly performance a…
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 app…