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TOKUSHIMA Prefecture

Area: 4,145 km2
Population: 770 Thousand
Region: Shikoku
Capital: Tokushima

photo by Rosino


Tokushima-ken is on the eastern side of the Japanese island of Shikoku.
Tokushima was formerly known as the province of Awa. The nearby island of Awaji, now a part of Hyogo prefecture, literally means “road to Awa”.
Its capital is the city of Tokushima.

TOKUSHIMA CITY
Tokushima City is a beautiful city where nature and daily life are in harmony. No less than 138 rivers, including the Yoshino River, run through the whole city area. In the city centre people can see the greenery of Mt. Bizan, a landmark of the city, and Mt. Shiroyama.

Tokushima's natural features and history have created a distinctive culture: the Awa Odori dance, the famous puppet theatre Ningyo Joruri, textile manufacturing (shijira-ori) and lots of wooden products.
The Awa Dori is a very popular annual dance festival held during the Obon season in mid August.
WHAT TO DO AND WHAT TO SEE
Tokushima is home to the first 23 of Shikoku’s 88 temples.

Notable attractions in the prefecture include Iya Valley and Mt.Tsurugi area. This area features beautiful green mountains and attracts tourist all year round. Iya Valey is famous for it vine bridges that were build by people in ancient times for regular use, with vines that grew wild in the mountains. The valley is also among the three unexplored regions of Japan.
Few of these bridges remain today and a walk on them will take you back in time.
Mount Tsurugi is the second tallest mountain in the Shikoku region.

Oboke and Koboke Valleys too have beautiful landscape. The boat tour on the Yoshino river will attract you with various scenes of magnificent nature and you can relax at one of the hot springs located in the area.

Naruto city is know for its swirling whirlpools that can be seen underneath the Onaruto Bridge connecting Tokushima to Awaji Island.
The most famous attractions in Naruto city include the Ryozenji Temple, which is the first temple along the Shikoku Pilgrimage and Otsuka Museum of Art, a museum filled with reproduced Western art.
GETTING THERE
By plane
The nearest major international airport is Kansai. Tokushima Airport, to the north of Tokushima City, has daily services to Tokyo, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sapporo. Buses to Tokushima station take 25 minutes. The schedules are synchronised to flight departures and arrivals. Kobe Airport is also a viable alternative for domestic connections.

By train
The JR Kōtoku Line line connects Tokushima to Takamatsu, the capitol of Kagawa Prefecture to the north, and a gateway to the mainland via Okayama.

By bus
Direct buses from Kobe (2h) and other points in Kansai connect to Tokushima via Awaji Island.
CLIMATE/ TEMPERATURE
Tokushima has a humid subtropical climate that is mild with no dry season, constantly moist (year-round rainfall). Summers are hot and muggy. Winters are mild with precipitation from mid-latitude cyclones. Seasonality is moderate.
The average annual temperature is 15.9°C.
In the winter time records indicate temperatures by day reach 10.3°C on average, falling to 2.7°C overnight.
In spring time temperatures climb reaching 18.2°C generally in the afternoon, with overnight lows of 9.7°C.
During summer average high temperatures are 28.9°C and average low temperatures are 22°C.
Come autumn, temperatures decrease achieving average highs of 22.2°C during the day and lows of 14.8°C shortly after sunrise.
WHAT TO WEAR
During summer, you should be fine if you wear a short-sleeved shirt, t-shirt or a dress, however a long sleeved shirt is highly recommended if you choose to go near water or to the mountains.
In the winter, be sure to bring warm clothes such as winter coat or jacket, hat, scarf and gloves.
For the spring and autumn a light jacket or a sweater should keep you warm.
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