Tokushima Sightseeing Map

Tokushima (徳島) is located in the eastern part of Shikoku. Its capital is Tokushima City.
Tokushima was formerly known as the province of Awa (阿波). The nearby island of Awaji, now a part of Hyogo prefecture, literally means "road to Awa".
Sightseeing Spots in Tokushima
Iya Valley Tokushima City Naruto Wirlpools
Iya Valley
Iya Valley Travel Guide
It is a MUST-SEE!!
  • Oboke Koboke Gorge
  • Kazura-bashi (Vine biridge)
  • Higashi Iya (East Iya)
  • Mt. Tsurugi
Tokushima City
Tokushima city is a gateway to Shikoku and famous for the Awa Odori (dance festival).
Tokushima CityTravel Guide
Awa Odori Festival (Awa Dance)
Awa Odori Dance Festival
It is a MUST-SEE and a MUST-TRY!!
Awa Dance Festival Travel Guide

Fast Fact - Tokushima Prefecture

From the enthusiastic Awa-odori festival (Awa Dance Festival) and the mighty channel whirlpools of the Naruto Channel (Naruto-kaikyo), to the pristine scenery of Iya Valley and the surf beaches of the southern coast, it offers an array of attractions to quench all adventurous thirsts.

To pilgrims, Tokushima prefecture is known as Hosshin-no-dojo (the place to determine to achieve enlightenment) which is the first stage of Shikoku henro (pilgrimage).

As a practical proposition, if you don't have enough time to make a pilgrimage all through the circuit at once, it might be a good idea to try it for a couple of days from the No.1 temple in Tokushima city to the No. 17 temple in Tokushima city, so you can image what the journey is going to be like and decide if you want to continue.
The temple 1, Ryozan-ji is in Tokushima city and it is the first temple you visit as a pilgrim. You will head west to visit the temples 2 to 11. After the temple 11, you will head back for Tokushima city while visiting the temples 12 to 17. There, if you decide to continue, you can prepare for the long journey in a big city. If not, it's easy to restart your travel from Tokushima city.
Of course, you will need more time to learn the real journey after the temple 17, and the journey may not be enough to know the real Japan but it can be good enough at least to sample the pilgrimage in Shikoku.

Where do you want to go in Shikoku?

Shikoku Henro (Shikoku Pilgrimage)

How to get to and around Tokushima

From Kansai international airport
Shinkansen route
Japan Railways
Highway bus route

Subway lines in Kansai
Buses in Shikokui

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