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Tokushima | 6.5h
Explore the cultures in Tokushima. Naruto Walking Tour
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Feel the traditions of Tokushima: the Awa Odori, pottery, and 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. 
 
This 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 staff who will help find the perfect brand for you. 
Other attractions of Tokushima and Naruto include meeting a potter who produces beautiful tableware favoured by fine restaurants, and a visit to 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.

Highlights


・Experience the Awa Odori dance, one of Japan's most famous traditional performing arts.
・ Enjoy a spectacular view of the city of Tokushima.
・You can purchase dishes, cups, and other beautiful ceramic pieces.
・Taste a variety of sake at the oldest sake brewery in Tokushima Prefecture.

Attractions


・Awa Deko Museum: This is a place where you can fully enjoy the world of Awa Ningyo Joruri, a performing art form that developed uniquely in Tokushima by combining a puppet show and musical theatre. The museum displays valuable materials, especially the costumes of the puppets, called "Deku" (wooden dolls), showcasing the traditions of Japan.
・Awa Odori Hall: This is a facility where you can learn about Awa Odori dance, one of Japan's most popular traditional performing arts. Professional dancers perform here, giving you the feeling of a real festival. It is also a great place to experience the dance with guidance. 
・Mt. Bizan: This mountain is a famous symbol of Tokushima. The ropeway offers an aerial view of the city, and the observatory near the top offers a spectacular view of the Yoshino River flowing into the sea, and the Kii Mountain Range on the other side of the mountain. 
・Tokushima Ramen Men Oh - Tokushima St. Main Branch: A famous restaurant that serves Tokushima's famous dish, Tokushima Ramen, ranked high in popularity in Tokushima Prefecture. The soup in particular has a unique flavour that is hard to find elsewhere, so be sure to give it a try. 
・Tamura Ceramic Exhibition Hall: A local potter specialising in Otani-yaki pottery, one of Tokushima's representative traditional crafts. Made using traditional methods, the beauty of the objects, filled with the skills of craftsmen, is captivating. The traditional pottery is also made to be used in modern lifestyles, and you can purchase your favourite pieces directly from the shop. 
・Tōrin-in Temple: A temple with a history of nearly 1300 years, it is associated with the Ohenro, a typical Buddhist pilgrimage in Japan. This is a precious spot where you can talk to monks and learn about the world of Buddhism from practitioners. 
・Narutotai (Honke Matsuura Sake Brewery): With over 200 years of history, this is the oldest sake brewery in Tokushima Prefecture, where you can enjoy tasting their world-renowned sake. A variety of distinctive brands are available, and you can find the perfect bottle for you while talking with the store's staff.

Notes

・In the event of inclement weather on the day of the tour, the means of transportation, destinations, and routes may be changed.
・Please note that if any locations are temporarily closed, the tour contents may be changed to a different location.
・ Some locations serve alcoholic beverages. Children are allowed to enter, but particpants must be at least 20 years of age to consume alcohol.


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Expenses Not Included

The travel expense is not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
(Entrance fees, transportation fees, activity fees, etc. - at least about JPY2,900 /person)

Meeting Point

Tokushima Station ticket gate



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