Located in the eastern part of Shikoku island, Tokushima Prefecture is connected to Honshu through the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and the Naruto Bridge. It takes about two and a half hours from Osaka by a limousine bus. It is the birthplace of the world-famous “Awa Odori (traditional dance in Japan)”. Whether it is natural scenery, history or art, Tokushima is an popular destination.
Naruto-Kaikyō (Naruto Strait/Naruto Whirlpools)
The city of Naruto is synonymous with “whirlpools”. This natural tidal phenomenon never ceases to amaze visitors.
Iya Vine Bridge
In ancient times, people built many of these vine bridges for regular use with vines that grew wild in the mountains, but few remain today. Looking down will give anyone butterflies in the stomach. This is one of the three most unusual bridges in Japan.
Oboke Gorge/Koboke Gorge
Where the Yoshino River cuts through the mountains of Shikoku., erosion of the crystalline schist resulted in this winding gorge with its myriad shapes and forms.
The Otsuka Museum of Art
The world’s first ceramic board art museum reproducing masterpieces in its original dimension using ceramic boards and has the largest exhibition space in Japan. From ancient murals to modern paintings, the museum boasts a hand-picked selection of over 1,000 objects from 25 countries and over 190 museum collections.
Hotel Iya Onsen (hot spring hotel)
The hotel offers seasonal views of the Iya Valley. Guests can enjoy a short trip by cable car to a natural hot spring in the valley.
Awa Odori Festival
Every August, Tokushima holds a cultural dance festival, the Awa-Odori which has more than 400 years history. It is one of the most famous festival in Japan.
Old historic temple built on the mountaintop of Mount Futagami. This is the first temple of the 88-temples in The Shikoku Pilgrimage.
This shrine is famous for a legend of a supernatural cat, and is nicknamed Nekogami-sama (lit. "cat god"). A variety of cat statues can be seen around the shrine, and around 10,000 auspicious Beckoning Cat figures offered to the shrine are displayed. People often come to pray for good test scores and success in other pass/fail endeavors.
Mt. Bizan is the proud symbol of Tokushima City. On clear days, from the top of the mountain one can see Awaji Island to the north and Kii Peninsula to the east.
Historic Streets of Udatsu
“Udatsu” refers to the roof extensions used as wing walls in the Edo period to protect wooden roofs and prevent fires using a clay-type soil. Many large houses that use authentic roofing tiles and include an old-fashioned Japanese storechouse can be found here.
Yoshino River is well known as one of the most famous Rafting spot in Japan. Let's enjoy rafting in the powerful nature!
An anime event held in Tokushima twice a year since 2009. Famous members of Japan’s anime industry (directors, voice actors, producers, creators, singers, etc.) gather in Tokushima with the latest anime works as the underlying theme.
Kaizoku (Pirate) cuisine
This hearty cooking style could come only from Tokushima, with its abundant marine products. Whole fish and shellfish are grilled with flair.
The Shikoku Pilgrimage or Shikoku Henro is a pilgrimage to the 88 temples on the island of Shikoku in Japan. It´s believed that all the 88 temples were founded or restored by the famous Buddhist monk Kukaki, also posthumously known as Kobo Taishi. The pilgrimage is traditionally completed on foot, but modern pilgrims use cars, taxies, buses, bikes or motorcycles. The walking course takes approximately 50 days to complete.
Tokushima Best Spot Tour
Better for 2〜3 people
Max. 2 suitcases
Better for 5～7 people
Max. 8 suitcases
***Included in the price: consumption tax, petrol, insurance
***Not included in the price: Highway tolls, parking fees, vehicle return fees, etc.
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Start from Tadotsu Station
(10:18) Shikoku Mannaka Sennen Monogatari from Tadotsu station (luxury sightseeing trains )
You will enjoy the ride in the local touristic train"Shikoku Mannaka Sennen Monogatari." (Tale of 1000 years across the middle of Shikoku). It is a full-scale tourist train that you can effortlessly experience adults' delightful casual trips to go to fields or mountains. Please enjoy the incredible train journey with the scenery through the car window and the meals using the best local ingredients possible.
(12:48)Arrive at Oboke Station
The trip by the train will end at Oboke station. Now you ride a chartered taxi to see around.
Oboke pleasure boat
At Oboke Gorge, you can enjoy the pleasure boat tour.
The Oboke Ravine Pleasure Boat travels down and then back the Yoshino River in about 30 minutes, offering the passengers scenic vistas of the grandeur of nature's handiwork as they glide through the ravine.
Iya Kazura Bridge
Next, you will visit the famous Kazura bridge.
This ancient vine bridge is suspended between a valley, surrounded on both sides of by ancient forest, slowly swaying in the breeze.With its shadow reflecting against the clear waters of the Iya River, the bridge is in total harmony with nature throughout the four seasons, creating a truly beautiful sight.The vine bridge has been maintained by the village people for generations, and gives visitors an insight into how people in the region lived in the past.
Nagoro Scarecrow Village / Okuiya Niju Kazura Bridge / Ochiai Village
Then, you can visit sopts in a deepermountain such as Nagoro Scarecrow Village, Okuiya Niju Kazura Bridge and Ochiai Village.
Deep in Tokushima's Iya Valley, there is a village inhabited by more scarecrows than humans — almost a 400 to 30 ratio, which is called Nagoro village. Then you can visit next vine bridges which are known as the Oku-Iya Kazurabashi or couples bridges. The larger of the two bridges, Husband Bridge (Otto no Hashi), stretches 44 meters across the river next to a small waterfall, while the slightly lower Wife Bridge (Tsuma no Hashi) is a 22 meter span just a little ways upstream. You can't miss the Ochiai Village observation spot, too. Ochiai Village was designated as Important Preservation District of Historic Buildings in 2005. The village is formed on a steep slope and the difference between the highest and lowest point is approximately 390 meters.
Hotel Iya Onsen (hot spring hotel)
You can stay in the hotel "Hotel Iya Onsen" whicj is our recommendation in this area!
Tips for choosing Private Charter Tours in Japan
In Japan, only “Green Label Vehicles” are legally acceptable for tour purpose and will be covered by passenger insurance. Besides, the driver of “Green Label Vehicle” must hold Class 2 license which is required when operating a commercial passenger-carrying vehicle such as a taxi or bus. Driver must be 21 years of age or older and have at least three years of experience driving under a Class 1 license. However, nowadays there are many services that provide charter tours at lower price by using “White Label Vehicles”, which by law are only allowed for private use only. In the event of a traffic accident, passengers on these illegal vehicles will not be covered by insurance. Therefore, for the sake of safety, we strongly recommend that visitors should choose a legal charter service.
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