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Special Feature TOKUSHIMA JAPAN THE ENJOYABLE WAY

Tokushima Prefecture in the eastern part of Shikoku boasts some of the most beautiful, pristine and diverse natural environments and wonders in Japan. Equally amazing are Tokushima’s historically significant sites, delicious local specialties and world-renowned Awa Odori summer dance, all of which can be enjoyed with JAL’s two-day travel plan.

DAY 1
12:40

1

Try Tokushima ramen nearby Tokushima Station(About 40 minutes required)

With more than 100 ramen restaurants, including many located close to the main train station, the city of Tokushima makes it easy for visitors to try the delicious local ramen dish of the same name. What sets Tokushima ramen apart is the color of its soup, which is either brown, yellow or white, and is made from soy sauce and pork bones. Tokushima ramen is known for its use of moderately thin and soft noodles, and generally comes with sliced pork, green onions, bean sprouts and a raw egg (in contrast to the hard or soft boiled eggs found in other styles of ramen). Each ramen restaurant in Tokushima possesses its own unique recipe, and sells ramen kits so visitors can take a taste of Tokushima back home with them.

Access:
JR Tokushima Station is served by the JR Kotoku and Mugi Lines
Address:
1-61 Nishi-terashimahoncho, Tokushima City
Airport:
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Rich soup base in both salted and sweetened flavor!
That is Tokushima Ramen!

5 min.

13:50

2

Awa Odori Museum(About 40 minutes required)

Originating in Tokushima Prefecture and with over 400 years of history, Awa Odori is Japan’s world famous summer dance. Every year between August 12 and 15, well over a million visitors from around the world descend upon Tokushima to experience the Awa Odori Festival, one of the largest and most spectacular in Japan. To celebrate the tradition and enchantment of this summer dance, Awa Odori Museum was opened in 1999. The museum features explanations on the origins of Awa Odori and exhibitions displaying the costumes and musical instruments used. Not to be missed are the daily afternoon and evening performances of Awa Odori given by the museum’s troupe. A variety of dances provide viewing pleasure, and in the finale, visitors can even get up on stage and join in.

Hours open to visitors: 09:00 to 21:00

Closed:
The second Wednesday of February, June, and October
(Thursday if Wednesday is a national holiday)
Access:
A 10-minute walk from Tokushima Station on the JR Yosan Line
Address:
2-20 Shinmachibashi, Tokushima City
Admission:
700 yen for adults, 350 yen for children
Airport:
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Awa Odori Festival must not be missed in Tokushima. Here, you can enjoy the Awa Odori throughout the year!

50 min.

15:40

3

Walk through the historic udatsu streets of Wakimachi(About 40 minutes required)

This historic town of Wakimachi dates back to the Edo Period and is renowned for udatsu, the high-winged walls that adorn the roofs of houses. Made from earth rich in clay, udatsu were originally built to prevent the spreading of fire, but soon became a symbol of the wealth and refinement of the competing merchants who once resided there. The fine udatsu houses found in Wakimachi have been designated as Important Cultural Properties, and the streets lined with these rare udatsu houses are now counted among the top 100 streets in Japan.

Access:
Take the Tokushima Seibu Kotsu Bus from JR Anabuki Station and get off at Michi-no-Eki Bus Stop. From there, it is about 10 minutes on foot
Address:
Oaza-inoshiri, Wakimachi, Mima City
Airport:
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The idiomatic expression of Udatsu-ga-agaran (cannot get on in the world) originated from here!

70 min.

17:40

4

Recharge at one of Oboke and Iya’s hot spring hotels(Overnight stay required)

The areas of Oboke and Iya are renowned for their seclusion and natural beauty which changes wonderfully as the seasons pass. Oboke and Iya are also home to a number of traditional, picturesque hotels that are accessible via cable car, each featuring indoor and outdoor hot springs that offer true relaxation and unique health and beauty benefits.

Access:
Roughly 50 minutes by bus from JR Awaikeda Station
Address:
Matsuo, Ikeda Town, Miyoshi City
Airport:
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A hot-spring village that nestled in the mountain.

5 min.

DAY 2
09:20

5

Enjoy a boat tour of Oboke Gorge(About 50 minutes required)

Near the entrance of Iya Valley, Oboke Gorge (Koboke Gorge is located three kilometers further downstream) is one of Japan’s premier outdoor destinations, and is popular as a spot for whitewater rafting, among other activities. However, a more relaxed way to take in the gorge’s beautiful natural surroundings is via a boat tour. Sightseeing boats depart every thirty minutes from a dock located near Oboke Station and go down the Yoshino River that cuts through the gorges. Passengers can enjoy fascinating rock formations, many of which resemble a variety of animals, along the gentle 30-minute boat ride.

Tour hours:
09:00 to 17:00
Access:
Walk about 20 minutes from JR Oboke Station
Address:
Oboke, Yamashiro Town, Miyoshi City
Admission:
1,050 yen for adults, 525 yen for children
Airport:
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Be embraced by the beautiful view while listening the introduction from the boatman.

35 min.

10:50

6

Iya Valley vine bridge(About 40 minutes required)

For hundreds of years, the Iya River which runs through Iya Valley has been traversed by bridges made of mountain vines (kazurabashi). While 13 such bridges once spanned the valley, only three remain today. One of these is the Iya Valley vine bridge, the largest and most famous. The vine bridge stretches 45 meters across the center of the valley and hangs 14 meters in the air, giving visitors a thrilling view of the Iya River below. Not only is the Iya Valley vine bridge one of the area’s most popular attractions, it is also recognized as one of three kinds of rare bridges in Japan and designated as an Important Folkloric Property.

Open:
Sunrise to sundown
Access:
Take the Shikoku Kotsu Bus from JR Oboke Station and get off at the bus stop for Kazurabashi. From there, walk for 5 minutes
Address:
Zentoku, Nishi-iyayamamura, Miyoshi City
Admission:
550 yen for adults, 400 yen for children
Airport:
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Get a thrill from the first step out!

20 min.

11:50

Have lunch at Hotel Iya Onsen(About 1 hour required)

Address:
367-2 Matsuo, Matsumoto, Ikeda Town, Miyoshi City

5 min.

13:10

7

The statue of the urinating boy(About 15 minutes required)

Located 200 meters up on the edge of a cliff in western Iya Valley, the bronze statue of a boy seemingly urinating down onto the valley below is surely one of Iya Valley’s more unique attractions. The statue stands in what is regarded as perhaps the area’s most beautiful, picturesque and dangerous spot. In times gone by, children and travelers would urinate off the cliff’s edge to demonstrate their bravado. However, visitors today are discouraged from attempting this treacherous act.

Access:
From JR Awaikeda Station, board a Shikoku Kotsu Bus bound for Kazurabashi and get off at Furonotani
Address:
Matsuo, Ikeda Town, Miyoshi City
Airport:
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A place with precipitous cliffs and mysteries.

2 hrs 30 min.

16:00

8

Take a boat tour of the Naruto whirlpools(About 50 minutes required)

  • The mesmerizing Naruto whirlpools are natural phenomena created by the changing tides in the Naruto Strait which flows between the islands of Naruto and Awaji. The whirlpools occur roughly every six hours and can reach up to 20 meters in diameter. The best way to enjoy these remarkable whirlpools is via a boat tour, which gives visitors the chance to get up close for spectacular views without fear of danger. Tours, which are operated by two companies, last between 20-30 minutes and depart twice per hour from piers on nearby Shikoku Island and from Awaji Island on the opposite side of the strait.

Uzushio Kankosen Boat Tour hours:09:00 to 16:20

Admission:
Aqua Eddy: 2,260 yen, Wonder Naruto: 1,580 yen
(2,580 yen for the upper deck)

Uzushio Kisen Boat Tour hours:08:00 to 16:30

Admission:
1,550 yen
Access:
Take a bus from JR Naruto Station for approximately 20 minutes to Naruto-koen Bus Stop
Address:
Tosadomariura Aza Fukuike, Naruto Town, Naruto City
Airport:
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The world's largest whirlpool "Naruto" is right here.

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