- Must-Visit Attractions Accessible from Tokushima Airport -
Awa Dance Festival and Pilgrimage, Secluded Iya Valley
Tokushima has many mystical spots such as the "Ohenro" pilgrimage road and the secluded Iya Valley. The "Awa Dance Festival" is held in summer.
Awa Dance Festival
Traditional performing art with a 400 year history. In August, the festival is held in various parts of Tokushima Prefecture. There is also the "Awa Dance Festival Hall," where you can enjoy the Awa Dance Festival every day.
The Pilgrimage Road "Shikoku Pilgrimage"
"Shikoku Pilgrimage" is a tour of 88 (temples scattered around Shikoku.) associated with "Kukai", the Grand Master who propagated Buddhist teaching. Thus Tokushima is the origin of many historical temples.
Secluded Region, Iya Valley
The secluded Iya Valley is filled with nostalgic Japanese scenery. The "Iya Kazurabashi" suspension bridge made out of a vine called hardy kiwi sways quite a bit, so you can enjoy the thrill of crossing it.
You can enjoy the beauty of the "Oboke and Koboke" valleys, which stretch for about 8 km, by boats or by rafts. We recommend "Iya Onsen" to enjoy superb views of the secluded region's picturesque scenery.
A unique art museum where images are printed on large ceramic plates, faithfully recreating the masterpieces of the world. There are over 1,000 works of art such as the Sistine Chapel ceiling paintings and Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa." You can view the art up-close, and take commemorative photos with the masterpieces.
In the Naruto Strait, the tidal current and the moon's gravitational pull cause the seawater to swirl, producing "whirling tides." The whirlpools have large diameters of 20 m. You can see them through the glass floor of the Great Naruto Bridge Promenade Road "Uzu no michi" and from tidal watching ships.
Iya Soba, Naruto Kintoki
Iya's specialty, "Iya Soba," is famous for its rustic homemade taste. Sweets made with the famous "Naruto Kintoki" sweet potatoes are also delicious.
*As of February 2019.
*All photographs are for illustrative purposes only.
Awa Odori Dance Festival "A festival of Bon Odori dancing, attracting over one million visitors"
When people think of summer in Tokushima the first thing that comes to mind is the Awa Odori dance. During the festival of Obon the town becomes alive with streets full of Awa Odori dancers. The main performances of Awa Odori are held on a designated stage called an enjubo. Dancers perform in groups known as ren. The Awa-odori dance in Tokushima has a 400-year-old history. The hearts and minds of visitors are enlivened by the reverberation of music by Ohayashi (Japanese orchestra) in the streets.
"Doors to explore 'NIPPON'", a special program that showcases scenes hand-picked from NHK's "SHIN NIHON FUDOKI", a show that conveys the beautiful scenery and profound culture of Japan, is screened on five TV monitors installed in the departure area of Haneda Airport. Do enjoy the video before you leave Haneda Airport.