So, what’s Tokushima like?
Have you ever been to Tokushima Prefecture located in Japan’s Shikoku region? Tokushima is an area that is abundant in beautiful nature and rich in traditional culture.
Tokushima is world famous for its traditional performing arts, the Awa Odori (Awa Dance), which has a history of over 400 years. Every year in August, all of Tokushima comes alive with the excitement of the Awa Odori.
Tokushima is also well known for the Naruto Whirlpools, located in the Naruto area, which serves as the entrance to Shikoku from the Kansai region. The straits of Naruto are amongst the three most powerful in the world, standing alongside the Straits of Messina in Italy and the Seymour Narrows off the coast of North America. Tokushima is also home to Ryozenji Temple, which is the first temple on the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage. The Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage links 88 temples across Shikoku and has been attracting a lot of attention from overseas in recent years.
In Tokushima you can also find the Iya Vine Bridge, a suspension bridge made using vines and is considered to be one of the three most unique bridges in Japan. As well, the region where the bridge is located has been referred to as an “unexplored or untouched region.”
Tokushima is also famous for its indigo dye, dubbed the Japan Blue, and the Awa Ningyo Joruri puppet theater in which a story is recited using puppets made of cypress wood and performed to a shamisen accompaniment. These are just a few examples of the fascinating sightseeing spots and cultural heritage that Tokushima is rich in.
We have created the Tokushima Passport for foreign visitors to use and enjoy while sightseeing in Tokushima. We hope all overseas tourists to Tokushima will have fun here with this Passport.