It is called a city of water with 138 rivers and streams of all sizes running though the city. It is also the home of Awa Odori dance (Tokushima’s Bon Odori dance), which has a 400-year history.
About 10 minute’s walk from JR Tokushima Station is Mount Bizan (literally meaning “”eyebrow mountain””), which is Tokushima City’s symbol. It is named Bizan because its shape is like an eyebrow viewed from any direction. You can take a cable car to the top of this 290-meter-high mountain. And, from the observation deck, you can enjoy a dynamic view of the Yoshino River and Naruto Strait. The night view is also fantastic.
Awa Odori Kaikan museum is at the cable car station. The actual Awa Odori dance festival during the Obon period is only held from August 11 to 15. But, here at Awa Odori Kaikan, you can experience Awa Odori dance throughout the year. You can learn about the history of Awa Odori on the 3rd floor, and then enjoy the Awa Odori dance performance at the 2nd floor dance hall. After the performance, there will be a brief lecture of how to dance. So, if you have become entranced with the two-beat rhythm, you can join and dance together with others at the next opportunity.
There is half-hour boat cruise around Hyotan-jima island for free (100 yen for insurance is needed.) Feel free to join.
Tokushima ramen noodles have as their base a soy sauce soup with pork bone broth and come with sliced roasted pork back rib on top. The slightly sweet taste of the rich soup will make you feel satisfied.