Tokushima Explore the many cultures fostered in Tokushima. Tokushima & Naruto Walking Tour

Last updated: 30 March, 2021

A visit to many spots where you can feel the traditions of Tokushima, including the traditional Awa Odori dance, Otani-yaki pottery, and Japanese sake.

Tokushima City and Naruto City are located adjacent to each other, in the northeastern part of Tokushima Prefecture, separated by the Yoshino River, the largest river in Shikoku.

Both have developed as economic centres in the prefecture and have fostered distinctive traditions such as the Awa Odori dance, Awa Ningyo Joruri (puppet theater), and Otani-yaki pottery.

Our tour will take you to some of Tokushima's most famous historical and cultural spots in a single day.

At the Awa Odori Hall, you will be able to watch the Awa Odori dance, one of Japan's most popular traditional performing arts, as well as taking part in it yourself. Experience the atmosphere of a real festival with professional dancers.

At the oldest sake brewery in Tokushima Prefecture, you will taste some of the world's most acclaimed sake, and consult with the staff who will help you find the perfect brand for you.

Other attractions of Tokushima and Naruto include a potter producing beautiful tableware favoured by fine restaurants, and a temple associated with one of Japan's most famous Buddhist pilgrimages.

This is a tour recommended for those who want to feel the unique culture of Tokushima.

Experience the Awa Odori dance, one of Japan's most famous traditional performing arts.

Originating in Tokushima Prefecture, the Awa Odori dance is one of Japan's most popular traditional performing arts. At the Awa Odori Hall, which you will visit on the tour, you can watch a performance put on by professional dancers. But that's not all! You will also be able to learn and dance along with them. This is a unique place where you can experience the Awa Odori dance, and it is sure to make for an unforgettable experience.

Enjoy a spectacular view of the city of Tokushima.

The ropeway will take you to the summit observatory of Mt. Bizan, the symbol of Tokushima. After taking in the views of the city on the way up, you will be rewarded with breathtaking scenery of the Yoshino River flowing into the sea and the Kii Mountain Range on the other side of the river. Japan's oldest anthology of waka poetry contains a poem about Mt. Bizan, and the picturesque scenery of the mountain has also been chosen as a stage for movies and songs.

Taste a variety of sake at the oldest sake brewery in Tokushima Prefecture.

Towards the end of the tour you will visit the oldest sake brewery in Tokushima Prefecture, with a history of over 200 years. Here, you can sample various brands of sake, including Tokushima's famous "Naruto Tai". Your guide will interpret for you, so you can choose your favourite bottle while enjoying a conversation with the shopkeepers.