The Naruto Resorts in Tokushima Prefecture offers a relaxing journey in the comfort of many resort hotels. Spend an exquisite time in the luxury of beautiful hotels surrounded by green mountains and offering remarkable views of the deep blue sea. Taste specialty dishes prepared from carefully selected seasonal and local ingredients, relax with a delicious dessert at the stunning observatory, or hop on a boat and witness the world largest whirlpools of the Naruto Strait right before your eyes. Natural wonders, exceptional luxury and comfort, and unforgettable adventures—discover all this at The Naruto Resorts.
Envision the tranquility of the Seto Inland Sea—the warm glow of the sun, the gentle ocean breeze, the lush forests and sandy beaches far from the hustle and bustle everyday life. You’ll find all this at Hotel Ridge, an escape that promises supreme bliss and the ultimate in relaxation. Located in Naruto Park Hills, a complex of luxury facilities set amidst the natural beauty of Setonaikai National Park, it can be reached in less than an hour from the city of Tokushima. Hotel Ridge is an exclusive resort—a luxurious healing environment of only 10 expansive suites, each guaranteeing complete privacy and outstanding ocean views of the famed Naruto Ohashi Bridge. You can choose a modern-traditional Japanese-style room or opt for a typical Western-style room—in both cases, you’ll be treated to a fusion of timeless Japanese hospitality and the comfort of modern design. Heal the body and soul with a soak in natural hot springs, and pamper yourself with a wide range of aesthetic and spa services. Finally, enjoy a sumptuous feast—choose from Japanese or French cuisine, each offering seasonal and local delicacies. Your dream trip has just begun.
Location: 1-1 Nakayama, Ooshimada, Seto-cho, Naruto City, Tokushima
AoAwo Naruto Resort, surrounded by the beautiful nature of Setonaikai National Park, offers stunning ocean views in each and every one of its deluxe guestrooms. There are 15 different types for a total of 208 rooms, including modern Western-style rooms, cute “Rizotta” rooms designed especially for families with small children, traditional Japanese-style suites, and unique artistic “Awa Ao Rooms” decorated the with unique designs and motifs of traditional indigo-dyeing techniques. To satisfy your appetite, a variety of seasonal delicacies and local specialties are prepared in five hotel restaurants, with offerings ranging from local Awa delights to French and Japanese cuisine, along with a charcoal grill and terrace café. Don’t forget to go for a soak in the natural hot springs and experience local culture like the traditional Awa dance and indigo dyeing. If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, rent a bicycle and go explore the striking Naruto Resort area. All this and more can be yours at AoAwo Naruto Resort.
Location: 16-45, Aza-Oge, Tosadomariura, Naruto-cho, Naruto City, Tokushima
Between Shikoku and Awaji Island, you’ll find the marvelous tropical destination that is Oge-jima Island and Moana Coast Resort Hotel. The hotel’s name means “beautiful coast” in the Hawaiian language, and for good reason—this is a luxurious escape set amidst breathtaking natural island vistas. A total of 14 guestrooms are available—choose between a three-story room with its own open-air bath, or villa-type accommodation with a semi-open-air bath installed in every room. Go for a stroll on the hotel’s sandy beach, or enjoying a restful nap at the stylish terrace in view of an exquisite garden of greenery and seasonal blossoms—luxury and beauty awaits at all turns. Finally, to fully heal your mind and body, treat yourself to an aromatherapy session at the Moana Salon.
Location: 186-16, Takasago, Tosadomariura, Naruto-cho, Naruto City, Tokushima
California Table is a French-inspired California cuisine restaurant offering a variety of creative dishes and café menu in a setting that offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. The restaurant focuses on bringing out the full potential of carefully selected ingredients sourced locally from Tokushima. Enjoy a selection of chef’s original French-style meal arrangements while soaking up the gentle breeze and natural splendor of Tokushima.
An example of one day’s original lunch menu features a shiitake mushroom risotto with cromesquis (a type of croquette), fresh cheese and carrot biscuits, and a main dish of sautéed Tokushima Sakura-hime chicken with black olive sauce. Ordering a glass of fine California Ridge wine to pair with your dish is a must. Bon appétit!
Location: Inside Hotel Ridge, 1-1 Nakayama, Ooshimada, Seto-cho, Naruto City, Tokushima
Lunch: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Afternoon Tea: 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Fishbone is Moana Coast’s dynamic and modern Italian restaurant, designed with the theme of “once-in-a-lifetime dishes that can be only tasted here and now”. Original recipes are based on Italian homestyle cooking, making abundant use of locally sourced ingredients and organically grown veggies. Enjoy a variety of colorful meals prepared from fresh-caught seafood, seasonal home garden produce, and other local specialties from the culinary treasure island of Tokushima including Naruto sea bream, Awa beef and Awa chicken. Also, enjoy the head chef’s home-baked daily bread, handmade pasta and other specialties. Wine lovers can pick from over 30 varieties of Italian wines, and those with a sweet tooth are sure to find heaven at the dessert buffet.
Location: Inside Resort Hotel Moana Coast, 186-16, Takasago, Tosadomariura, Naruto-cho, Naruto City, Tokushima
Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 to 3:00 p.m. (until 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays)
Dinner: 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
AoAwo Naruto Resort offers five restaurants and cafes to choose from, with its French restaurant—Four Seasons—especially recommended. True to its name, this exquisite eatery serves the finest French cuisine prepared from meticulously selected seasonal and local ingredients. Enjoy eye-and-palate-pleasing dishes of fresh-caught fish and seafood from the Seto Inland Sea along with a variety of local delicacies including Awa-sourced vegetables and meat, all in the beautiful atmosphere of this top-floor restaurant. On weekends, a deluxe French lunch buffet is available. At Four Seasons, chef’s specialties featuring a fusion of fresh local ingredients and timeless French culinary techniques are always ready for you to savor.
Location: Inside AoAwo Naruto Resort, 16-45, Aza-Oge, Tosadomariura, Naruto-cho, Naruto City, Tokushima
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (only on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays)
Dinner: 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Naruto Strait is located between the Naruto region of Tokushima Prefecture and Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture, a channel that separates two of the main islands of Japan, Honshu and Shikoku. It also serves as one of the connections between the Pacific Ocean and the Seto Inland Sea. Due to the narrowness of the strait, the two currents collide at an accelerated rate, creating massive natural whirlpools the sight of which must be seen to be believed.
Here, you can hop on a boat and witness this spectacular natural phenomenon up close.
Board one of two types of excursion boats, and you’ll be taken to a spot where the whirlpools of the Naruto Strait swirl and swish right before your eyes. There are two options available—one being the Wonder Naruto, a large sightseeing boat that does not require reservations and can go very close to the massive whirlpools, even passing above them. More adventurous types can opt for the Aqua Eddy, a small high-speed, reservation-only boat offering spectacular underwater observation views.
Hop on board, pass under the Great Naruto Bridge, and enjoy one of Tokushima’s true natural wonders.
Location: 264-1 Oge, Tosadomariura, Naruto-cho, Naruto City, Tokushima
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 17:00 p.m.
Holidays: Open year-round
Wonder Naruto: Adults 1800 yen, children 900 yen
Aqua Eddy (reservation required): Adults 2400 yen, children 1200 yen
Offering majestic views of the surrounding mountains and sea, Yomomi Observatory is a must-stop location located on a popular driving route. The name “Yomomi” is a Japanese word referring to viewing in all four directions, and indeed, here you’ll find 360-degree panoramic vistas all around you. Admire Awaji Island, the Seto Inland Sea, the Kii Channel, Shodoshima Island, and—right in front of you—the pastoral sight of fishing boats at sea that will have you feeling as if you’ve traveled back to simpler times.
To further enhance this heavenly experience, why not treat yourself to some delicious desserts? The newly-opened French Monstar Setouchi FoodArt—conveniently located just next to the observatory—is a confectionery studio where French cooking techniques and local Tokushima ingredients come together to craft a variety of handmade sweets. A particularly popular offering is the traditional French sable filled with Naruto-Kintoki sweet potato cream, an exquisite creation that took home the highest prize at the Setouchi Souvenir Contest. Enjoy the spectacular sights and sweet tastes of Tokushima, in all their many forms, at one of Japan’s most memorable observatories.
Location: 9 Higashiyama, Nakashimada, Seto-cho, Naruto City, Tokushima
Hours: (Weekdays) 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Weekends and holidays) 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m. to 17:00 p.m.)
Airport: Tokushima Airport