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Tokushima prefecture is a mountainous area located on the island of Shikoku. It is home to the first 23 temples of the 88 Temple Pilgrimage starting with temple number one, Ryozen-ji. Tokushima is probably best known for the Awa Odori a dance festival that turns the main streets of Tokushima City, the capital, into a stage and huge party all in one. The festival is held in August and brings local dance groups and others from all over the world to revel in the summer evenings. Tokushima is also well known for an interesting natural phenomenon, "The Whirlpools of Naruto" in the Seto Inland Sea, and also for the remote and gorgeous Iya Valley, sometimes called "Little Tibet". Be sure to check out "Awa Indigo" (Aizome) when you visit, a well-known​ local craft tradition creating textiles and clothing using indigo dye produced in the region.

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Aratae no Yu Onsen

Aratae no Yu is a modern public bath with natural onsen hot spring water.Read more

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Udatsu Townscape

The houses in Udatsu, Tokushima, were built in the Edo-era (1600-1868).Read more

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Statue of the Peeing Boy (Iya Valley)

Located on a steep cliff overlooking the Iya River, a statue of a boy urinating indicates what is known as the most dangerous location in the valle...Read more

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Awa-Odori Kaikan Hall

This hall is a museum displaying objects related to Awa-Odori Folk Dance and organizes daily dance performances.Read more

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Naruto Park

The Naruto Channel is famous for its whirlpools that can be observed from Uzu no Michi walkway inside Naruto Park or an observation boat.Read more

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Kokubun-ji Temple

Kokubun-ji Temple, located in Tokushima, is the fifteenth temple of the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage.Read more

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