Tokushima Prefecture is located in the eastern part of Shikoku. Its east coast is facing Seto Inland Sea, Kii Channel, and the Pacific Ocean.
This video features children who live in Tokushima Prefecture, who introduce many good things about living in Tokushima that cannot be found in big cities.
The tourist spots are here!
Kashihara rice terrace
Tokushima is famous for the Naruto whirlpools, which is said to be one of the world’s three greatest tidal currents. Watching it flow violently while it forms whirlpools is a stunning sight. The changing of the tides is very strong, which causes these violent currents to occur in the narrow channel.
Before going there, you should check the timetables for the best time to see the whirlpools! There are also sightseeing boats which allow you to see the whirlpools up close.
Tranquil scenery stretches out from season to season at Kashihara rice terrace, which was chosen as one of the top 100 terraced paddy fields in Japan.
The traditional water mills in the area make it a great place to take photos. The vine bridge that the children introduce in the video, is a suspension bridge that is woven from shirakuchikazura (a type of vine plant). Let’s cross the squeaky bridge, while viewing the river below from the gaps between the planks. It can be scary, but the view from the bridge is gorgeous!
Besides beautiful nature, there is also Otsuka Museum of Art, where you can experience the fine arts in a different way. There are over 1000 famous pictures from around the world, that are reproduced in their actual size on large ceramic tiles. You can enjoy famous paintings from all around the world, such as Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers”, Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”, and famous works by Picasso.
Those who want to play, should go here!
There are many activities that can be enjoyed in the nature-rich Tokushima Prefecture, such as paragliding and marine sports.
The sea kayaks at the town of Minami are so safe that you can ride them with your pets, which also makes them popular among families with children. Those who want a more thrilling experience should try riding a raft in Miyoshi City’s Yoshino River, which is famous for its raging rapids.
There is a place to do scuba diving in the town of Kaiyo.
You can watch the famous Awa Odori dance even on rainy days at the Awa Odori Hall. You don’t have to settle for just watching people dance, you can join in and dance yourself, as well.
The delicacies and souvenirs of Tokushima
Since the sea is nearby, you can eat freshly caught seafood. As for local delicacies, you should try the Tokushima Burger at Tokushima Burger Cooperative Association member stores. It is made of Awa beef, Awaodori chicken, Awa pork, and other local products.
Tokushima ramen is also popular, but since each store has its own specialty, we recommend that you try it out at a few different restaurants.
Popular souvenirs include “Kinro-bai”, which is a sweet that is based on the tundra rose that grows in Mt. Tsurugi, and “Saoshika”, which is a steamed confection made of such ingredients as Japanese mountain yam and refined Japanese sugar.
Sudachi is a green citrus fruit that is a specialty of Tokushima, and it can be bought throughout the year!
Tokushima Prefecture has sparkling sea, mountains, and rivers. When you need a break from the busy life in a big city, why not visit Tokushima?