Tokushima Travel Guide

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Tokushima Things to Do

  • Tatsue-ji temple(the 19th of shikoku...

    I had a chance to see pictures on the ceiling.Notification say no fotos,but I noticed after take photos. Motif of the painting is not like a typical temple.They are painted by students of art school about 30 years ago.I also went " oku no in"( what should I say in english? It looks like inner sanctuary,isnt it?)There are 88 small budda statues...

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  • Otsuka museum of Western Art

    Before and after modification of "the Last Supper","Sistine Chapel",Mural of the Church of Cappadocia,Murals of Pompeii,Mosaics of RavennaEEEYou can see in one place.All-you-can-take photos. All-you-can-touch.They@are three-dimensional textbooks of art@made of colored ceramic plate the original painting.Museum is very wide. It is not enough in...

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  • DOLL FESTIVAL(GIRLS FESTIVAL)in KATSUURA

    March 3rd is tha traditional girls cerebrate day(boys day is May 5th),many famiries which have girls decorate dolls set(prince and princess,three ladies,five musicians,butlers,incruding anciant house facirilies )in their house.There is a famous doll festival in KATSUURA TOWN (it takes 1 hours from TOKUSHIMA-city by car),called "BIg Hina-matsuri" in...

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  • TEBAJIMA island

    It takes 1h"30 to MUGI town from TOKUSHIMA city, by car or train.If you take train,you reach mugi statioin.and take a walk about 1 km to mugi port,and take 15 minnute boat to TEBAJIMA island.There is a natural treasure some kind of seaweed called SHIRATAMAMO , near extinction as a seed "living fossil" .You can see these only in Libya of North...

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  • Enjoy the Iya On-Sen (Hot springs spa)

    The Iya On-Sen is a small hotel and spa that is centered around some natural hot springs. Although they have piped the water into comfortable tubs, they don't purify the water or regulate the temperature in any way. The springs are located down next to the river, so you need to ride a cable car down from the road (Y1500 or $14). As in most On-Sens...

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  • Tokushima Castle Museum

    My first three visits to Tokushima failed to see me inside the castle museum because we tend to visit aroudn New Years, when the museum, along with everything else, is closed. Eventually, I made it inside only to find the museum is limited ot three rooms, none of which are completely impressive. Still, the building is well maintained and has quite...

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  • The nightlife district - Sakai Machi

    Sakai Machi is a district of Tokushima not far from downtown which features a large number of izakayas, soprans and pubs/bars all relatively close. Although dead during the day, it is the center of nightlife in the city, where Tokushima residents go to see and be seen, and where they go to get drunk. Much quieter and better behaved than the...

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  • Visit the fish market

    Although the Tokushima fish market doesn't differ significantly from other Japanese fish markets, it is a pleasant way to spend the morning. With fresh and live fish laid out on pallets and on tables, you wend your way through the stalls, inspecting everything from tiny minnows to huge tuna being carried on massive fishhooks and then sliced into...

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  • NARUTO GERMAN HOUSE

    End of World War I,Japan fights against German in Qingtao.Here was a German prisoners' camp.1917-1920.The German prisoners were free to communicate with local people.The German soldier taught a Japanese how to bake bread , music and some new sports.

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  • Drop by the farmer's market

    Although lacking some of the amenities and atmosphere of a grocery store, the produce is more or less the same or better, with each farmer putting his name on his own crop. What is imported is plainly labelled as being imported with the appropriate country specified.Because you are in Asia, a lot of the vegetables might seem strange to you, but...

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  • Play Pachinko!

    Pachinko turned out to be something of a cross between a Las Vegas slot machine, a pinball game, and a video game. Essentially you use a stream of air to try and direct these little ball bearings into the right holes and when you get enough of them in there you can spin the slot wheel. The machine lights up, shouts "Craaaa-zee! Craaaa-zee!" in...

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  • Awa-Odori Festival Museum and Demo

    The Awa-Odori is pretty much Tokushima's only claim to fame in Japan. it is a huge dance festival which draws people from all over Japan and even has a troupe of gaijin dancers. When they dance, they dance in a certain way, and you can see it demonstrated downtown on a daily basis. Sadly, everything is in Japanese, which meant I learned almost...

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  • Walk across the Kazurabashi Bridge

    This bridge is made of natural vine and is rebuilt every three years. It is high up in the mountains and the trip up to it is as exciting as the bridge itself. We drove through a lot of these really cool little mountain towns. I wouldn't say hiking across the bridge is for everyone, since the slats are some number of inches apart. I definitely...

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  • Deutsche Village

    A footnote in history teaches us that Japan entered WWI on the side of the allies and cleaned up Germany's colonies in the Pacific. In Tokushima, that footnote is written a bit larger, because they had one of six POW camps which held the captured Germans. In contrast to WWII, and for reasons not entirely clear to me, the Japanese treated their POWs...

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  • Tokushima Cultural Center for local arts...

    Like anyplace in the old world, there is always a strong local identity in Japan and Tokushima is no exception. To sort of celebrate and promote their local identity the city has set up a cultural center which has a few different aspects to it. One area is kind of a pica flea market and is of little interest to the non-antique-dealing public at...

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  • See the whirlpools

    Very close to Tokushima are the whirlpools, which form in the channel and have been doing so since the Middle Ages. The whirlpools are relatively well known and have been for a long time. In fact, the symbol of Tokushima City IS the whirlpool, and the whirlpool symbol is displayed outside municipal buildings the same way a city coat of arms or...

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  • KONSENJI temple

    The thierd temple of 88 shikoku pilgrimage founded by buddhist preast Kukai about 1200 years ago.This temple has tale of tragic hero Yoshitsune(about 800years ago,he struggle for supremacy with his brother ,and lost)

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  • RYOZENJI TEMPLE

    This is the first temple of shikoku 88 temples pilglim. (need about 40 days in walk)Many people start pilglim in spring.

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Tokushima Transportation

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    A great view, best with a cold bottle of white 4 more images

    by dlandt Updated Jan 20, 2008

    We found a cheap way to get from Tokushima to Kyushu by taking the Tokyo Ocean Ferry line. Tickets for two were about $125 and sailed overnight, arriving in Kita-Kyushu near Hakata early in the morning. The tickets included vouchers for a cab ride to the train station. Accomodations are first or second class, with second class being half as much as the cabin we opted for. If you choose second class there is an open berthing area shown in the pictures. The restaurant had pretty good prices for a captive clientele, the baths were clean and hot and had windows looking out onto the ocean. Toilets are shared but showers are lockable stalls making it far superior to anything we ever had in the navy. They also haul cargo but the plus side is you can bring your car along (+Y14,000).

    The ferry is quite large and hugs the coast in open ocean. We had good weather so it didn't rock too much and there are vending machines, a restaurant, a baths and a few other amenities including great views of Shikoku's coast. The only downside was that they hustle you off the boat as soon as it moors.

    Tokushima is the central port in the Tokyo-Tokushima- Kita-Kyushu line so I think you could take this to or from Tokyo if you so chose, but I have no experience with that leg. Our travel time was about 12 easy hours. No transferring trains, no hauling luggage from place to place, plenty of space to move around. The chedulemakes it appear that the ferry runs daily, leaving about 3:00.

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Tokushima Local Customs

  • Tokushima Katsu

    Tokushima Katsu, (literally, Tokushima cutlet) a kind of fish cake with a spicy outside, very disappointing to find it was made with curry and therefore inevitable. It seemed to be readily available at the fish market and in stores but is a local Tokushima snack.

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  • Awa Uzushio beer

    Awa Uzushio beers are a local from Tokushima. Far superior in quality to anything you will find from mainstream Japan, this microbrew has even won awards in Germany. They use local water from the Yoshinogawa and make a few styles of beer. In the red can, you find an American style red, more like a softly bitter amber with a full body. In the blue,...

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  • Tokushima's very own citrus fruit...

    Sudachi is a small green citrus fruit found only in Tokushima. They make a variety of drinks from it, though it isn't served intact to eat because it tends to be too tart, kind of like a very zesty lime or a toned down lemon. A variety of alcoholic beverages are made from sudachi which are common and cheap in Tokushima, though not as readily...

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Tokushima Off The Beaten Path

  • Dochu sand columns

    Not far from Tokushima near the town of Wakimachi there is a minor natural site called the Dochu Sand Pillars. They are on most of the local tourist sites but that gives you an idea how much they scratch to find local tourist attractions. The columns are pretty, and quite large, but they aren't all that impressive if you've travelled in rural areas...

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  • The Awa Odori clockwork dancers

    Although this is downtowen, I list it as off the beaten path because the clockwork only operates once an hour, so seeing it is relatively chancy. It features near life sized Awa Odori dancers that emerge from the machinery, dance to music, and then sink back into the machine. For those who didn't read about the Awa Odori, this is a yearly dance...

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  • Remembrance plaque to Wenceslau de...

    Wenceslau de Moraes was a Portuguese seafarer and later consular official to Japan. Originally serving in Macau, DeMoraes visited in Japan and fell in love with a (some say two) Japanese women and subsequently attained a diplomatic post in Japan. At the time, Japan was still rather closed, and the writings of DeMoraes to Portugal provide one of the...

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Tokushima Sports & Outdoors

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    Boat race in progress

    by dlandt Written Jan 26, 2006

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    I'm not so sure I would call this a sports tip so much as a gambling tip, but in the ship canal they have a boat racing arena set up where people can come and wager. The picture is shot from above, on the bridge looking down into the stadium.

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Tokushima Favorites

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    by dlandt Written Jan 27, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Along with most of the rest of Tokushima, the castle was reduced to matchsticks and gravel during the war, but unlike the city, has not been rebuilt. They have, however, restored the gates. The gates are the focal point for a civic park of modest size, and the gates are of some interest.

    Fondest memory: I really think the best memory I have of Tokushima is just the sense of being such a conspicuous foreigner. Unlike Europe and even Latin America, there is no way I "could" be from Japan. I wanted to go somewhere very very different, and Tokushima really fit that bill!

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