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Travel to Tokushima by the previous day of your journey.

Drive 20-minute from Tokushima station.

Ryozen-ji Temple

“Ohenro (the Shikoku pilgrimage)” is a pilgrimage to 88 temples following the achievement of Kobo Daishi, the famous monk known as “Kukai” who founded Shingon Buddhism at Mount Koya. This tradition dates back more than 1,000 years and many people visit for his blessings. Ryozen-ji Temple is always filled with crowds of visitors, as it is the first temple along the pilgrimage.
Enjoy walking along stone lanterns and old buildings from here to the second temple, Gokuraku-ji.

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126 Oasa-chobando tsukahana Naruto-city, Tokushima
Telephone
088-689-1111
Website
https://discovertokushima.net/en/culture/shrines_temples/ryozenji-temple/

30-minute drive

Otsuka Museum of Art

Otsuka Museum of Art features over 1,000 masterpieces from 190 museums in 25 countries reproduced on ceramic panels at actual size. Highlights are Monet's “Water Lilies" on spacious outdoor display and the replica of Gogh’s lost masterpiece “Sunflowers”. Immense yourself in their unique exhibitions!

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In Naruto Park, Naruto-cho, Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture
Telephone
088-687-3737
Opening Times
9:30am - 5pm (Last entry at 4pm)
Closures
Closed on Mondays (except public holidays, in which case the museum is closed the next working day)
Prices
Adult 3,240 yen
Website
http://www.o-museum.or.jp/english/

5-minute drive

Naruto Whirlpools

The Naruto Whirlpools in the Naruto Strait, a channel between Shikoku and Awaji Islands, is considered as one of the three fastest tidal currents in the world. The strait is only 1.3km wide and the whirlpools appear twice a day. In this Japan’s fastest current, some whirlpools reach up to 20m in diameter. Get an exciting close view from a sightseeing boat or take a thrilling walk on “Uzu no Michi”, the promenade with glass floors under the Ohnaruto Bridge!

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Uzunomichi, the promenade under Ohnaruto Bridge: Naruto-machi Park Naruto-cho Naruto-city, Tokushima
Telephone
088-683-6262
Opening Times
9am - 6pm (Depending on the season)
Prices
Promenade under Ohnaruto Bridge: admission fee 510 yen
Website
https://www.uzunomichi.jp/ (Japanese only)

Overnight stay in Tokushima city

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Awa Jurobe Yashiki (Puppet Theatre and Museum)

Awa Jurobe Yashiki is the former residence of Bando Jurobe, the main character of one of traditional Ningyo Joruri puppet plays set in Tokushima. Today you can still see the classical main building, garden and wooden puppets with their costumes on display. There are daily performances at 11am and 2pm on a stage designed to be an exact replica of the stage of those days. Special performances can be arranged on request (reservation required).

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Address
184, Miyajima Motoura, Kawauchi-cho, Tokushima
Telephone
088-665-2202
Opening Times
9:30am - 5pm
Closures
Closed from 31 December to 3 January
Prices
Adults 410yen
Website
http://joruri.info/jurobe/english/

15-minute drive

Hyotanjima Tour Boat

The tour boat cruises around Hyotanjima, the 6km gourd-shaped sandbank enclosed between two rivers, passing under 22 bridges. It can be thrilling at high water times as these bridges have little headroom. Enjoy the scenery of the waterside city including charming water parks, castle ruins, rows of pine trees and a yacht harbour during a 30-minute boat journey!

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Address
Ryogokubashi, Tokushima-shi, Tokushima
Telephone
090-3783-2084
Opening Times
Operating Times
Boats depart every 40 minutes from 11am (the last boat departs at 3:40pm).
Prices
Adults 200yen
Website
http://www.awanavi.jp/spot/2013032504970/ (Japanese only)

60-minute drive

Yakuo-ji Temple

Yakuo-ji Temple is No.23 of the 88 temples of the Shikoku pilgrimage and attracts many visitors praying for protection from bad luck. There are two sets of steps: the first one with 33 steps for women and the next one with 42 steps for men. The following 61 steps from the main temple lead to the red tower. Here your efforts are rewarded with fantastic view with Hiwari Castle in distance.

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Address
285-1 Teramae, Okugawauchi, Minami-cho, Kaifu-gun, Tokushima
Telephone
0884-77-0023
Website
http://www.awanavi.jp/spot/2013032502693/ (Japanese only)

5-minute drive

Hiwasa Chelonian Museum Caretta

This is the only museum in the world dedicated to sea turtles. “Caretta” comes from the scientific name for the loggerhead sea turtles. On the ground floor, there are stuffed turtles from around the world, an exhibition to trace the turtles’ evolutionary processes and an aquarium to observe their ecology. On the upper floor, you will learn more about sea turtles through quizzes and a 120-inch high-definition theatre. Don’t forget to visit the outdoor turtle pool and artificial hatchery where adorable baby turtles are swimming!

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374-4 Hiwasaura, Minami-cho, Kaifu-gun, Tokushima
Telephone
0884-77-1110
Opening Times
9am - 5pm
Closures
Mondays (except Bank Holidays, in which case closed the next working day), December 29 to 31
Prices
Adult 600yen
Website
https://discovertokushima.net/en/culture/museums_history/caretta/

30-minute drive

Overnight stay in Kaiyo-cho

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50-minute drive

Muroto Global Geopark Centre

Muroto UNESCO Global Geopark was approved as a member of Global Geoparks Network (GGN) in 2011. Here the local residents have been coping with its earthquake-induced formations. Now visitors can learn more from their way of living and think about our way of living and the Earth. Muroto Global Geopark Centre is the best place to start your exploration as a hub for tourism with an information centre, a theatre, shops and cafes.

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1810-2 Murotomisaki-cho, Muroto-shi, Kochi
Telephone
0887-22-5161
Opening Times
9am - 6pm
Website
http://www.muroto-geo.jp/en/

5-minute drive

Mikurodo Cave

Mikurodo Cave is known as the place where the famous monk Kobo Daishi (Kukai) in his youth attained enlightenment about 1,200 years ago. Along with residential usage, the cave contains a shrine called Gosho Shrine and “Shinmei-kutsu”, a space for practices. His name “Kukai (meaning: sky and sea)” derives from the scenery he was impressed by while living here.

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Murotomisaki-cho, Muroto-shi, Kochi
Website
http://www.muroto-kankou.com/mikurodo/ (Japanese only)

45-minute drive

Kitagawa Village "Monet's Garden" Marmottan

Opened its doors in 2000, Kitagawa Village “Monet’s Garden” Marmottan is a replica of the French Impressionist artist, Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny. It is officially the only replica permitted to use the name “Monet’s Garden” outside of Monet’s home country. The village consists of three gardens. The water garden is famous for its water lilies, an arched bridge, wisteria trellis and impressive roses. The flower garden is as colourful as a painter’s palette. And the last but not the least is the light garden with palm trees and exotic plants in a Mediterranean style. After your garden walk, take a rest at the café serving a menu with lots of locally sourced produce.

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1100 Notomoko, Kitagawa-mura, Aki-gun, Kochi
Telephone
0887-32-1233
Opening Times
10am - 5pm
9am - 4pm (July and August)
Closures
Tuesdays, New Year Holidays
Prices
Adult 700yen
Website
http://www.kjmonet.jp/english.html

40-minute drive

Umaji Village

Surrounded by a range of mountains, 96% of this small village is covered by forests and is famous for its production of Yuzu. Unwind yourself at Umaji Onsen, a hot spring known to promote beautiful skin. You can enjoy some beautiful natural scenery while taking a bath. Classical trolley trains and cable cars for lumber transport are remodelled for tourism and run through the forests on Sundays and public holidays (everyday during August). Come for the ride!

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Address
3564-1, Umaji, Umaji-mura, Aki-gun, Kochi
Telephone
0887-44-2026
Prices
Tickets for trolley trains 400yen, cable cars 400yen
Website
http://www.umaj.gr.jp/ (Japanese only)

50-minute drive

Overnight stay in Aki

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60-minute drive

Niyodo River & QRAUD (Tosawashi Kogeimura)

The Niyodo River is known as a “miracle of clear streams” preserving its top water quality. Enjoy fishing, camping and playing at the riverside, or try activities like canoeing and rafting! The QRAUD (Tosawashi Kogeimura), located close by the Niyodo River, offers hands-on classes for handmade Washi (Japanese paper), charcoal making and weaving, canoeing and other river activities. The on-site gallery and restaurant, making use of a former storehouse, are also well worth visiting.

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1226 Kashiki, Ino-cho, Agawa-gun, Kochi
Telephone
088-892-1001
Closures
Wednesdays (except Golden Week, Summer Holidays, New Year Holidays, Bank Holidays)
Prices
hands-on class for handmade Washi (certificate, dyed paper, postcard…) 400yen p/p (*booking essential for a group over 20 people)
Website
http://www.qraud-kochi.jp/ (Japanese only)

60-minute drive

Minetopia Besshi

Minetopia Besshi is a theme park built out of the copper mining industrial remains. You can take a ride on Japan’s first restored mine railway, a walk through mine roadway and experience gold panning. There are hot spring facilities with open-air bath and stone spa, as well as an indoor play area for kids. Tourist buses to Tohnaru known as “Machu Picchu of the Orient” run regularly from here.

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707-3 Tachikawa-cho, Niihama-shi, Ehime
Telephone
0897-43-1801
Opening Times
[Tour of the mine] 9am – 6pm (Depending on the season)
Prices
[Tour of the mine] Adults 1,200yen
Website
https://www.visitehimejapan.com/en/see-and-do/1710

60-minute drive

Kirosan Observatory Park

The view from this observatory park is considered as the most spectacular on the Shimanami Kaido. In the evenings, along with the sunset and the city night views, views of the illuminated Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge are exceptional. The observatory itself is unobtrusively located within the mountaintop to preserve the natural landscape. Along with the stunning views, the observatory is also acclaimed for its uniqueness of architecture.

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487-4 Minamiura, Yoshiumi-cho, Imabari-shi, Ehime
Telephone
0897-84-2111
Website
http://www.go-shimanami.jp/global/english/spot/

20-minute drive

Overnight stay in Imabari

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30-minute drive

Cycling the Shimanami Kaido and Oyamazumi Shrine

The Shimanami Kaido consists of 9 bridges connecting 6 islands between Ehime and Hiroshima over the Seto Inland Sea, with a total length of 70 km. You can cross the Shimanami Kaido on foot or by bike via the special pedestrian laneways. Fuel yourself up with citrus fruits grown in the sun or a variety of fresh local seafood during your stay in these islands. Rent a bike at Sunrise Itoyama Cycling Station and head for Oyamazumi Shrine, one of the most-visited attractions along the Shimanami Kaido. Breeze along this exhilarating cycling road while taking in stunning views of the tranquil sea!

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[Sunrise Itoyama Cycling Station] 2-8-1 Sunaba-cho, Imabari-shi, Ehime
[Oyamazumi Shrine] 3327 Miyaura, Omishima-cho, Imabari-shi, Ehime
Website
http://www.sunrise-itoyama.jp/archives/english/
https://www.visitehimejapan.com/en/see-and-do/2495

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columnBeginner-friendly bike ride on the Shimanami Kaido!

The Shimanami Kaido is known as a mecca for cyclists. Cycling over the sea is an experience like no other. You can explore the interconnected islands by bike while enjoying the spectacular scenery of magnificent bridges and the beautiful archipelago.
Just follow the blue line for cyclists to stay on the route. For those who can easily get lost, no worries! There are maps and signs waiting for you at junctions. Make sure you have plenty of time to dawdle. The route is safe and enjoyable for beginners!

120-minute drive

Take a 20-minute high-speed ferry ride from Takamatsu port to Tonosho port.

Overnight stay in Shodoshima

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Shodoshima Furusato Mura

Shodoshima Furusato Mura is a roadside station offering a wide range of services including campsites, a caravan park, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a sports field and a gymnasium. Kayaking or Udon noodle-making is also available. You can purchase a variety of local products such as olives and Somen noodles at Furusato Bussankan. On-site café serves light meals. Many visitors stop for their refreshing Japanese plum ice cream.

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2084-1 Muro, Shodoshima-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa
Telephone
0879-75-2266
Opening Times
8:30am - 5:30pm
Website
http://www.shodoshima.jp/ (Japanese only)

15-minute drive

Kankakei Valley

With 200 million years of history, Kankakei Valley is one of Japan’s most beautiful gorges. Enjoy awe-inspiring views while taking a cable car ride through fantastically eroded rocks and gigantic sheer cliffs! This is the only cable car that enables you to view “sky, sea and valley” all together. The valley attracts many visitors throughout the year with spring cherry blossoms, summer verdant green, winter snow scenes and most of all, autumn colours! During autumn when the whole Shodoshima Island is transformed into red, the foliage around Kankakei Valley is exceptionally beautiful.

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Otsu 168, Kankakedori Takase, Shodoshima-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa
Telephone
0879-82-2171
Website
http://www.kankakei.co.jp/ (Japanese only)

20-minute drive

Angel Road

Angel Road is a sandy promenade that appears at low tide twice a day. This romantic promenade is well known as a sacred place for lovers and it is believed that an angel will come down to make your wish come true if you walk across the sandbar hand in hand with your loved one. The two of you can ring a blessing bell at the nearby “Yakusoku-no-Oka” observatory looking out over the Angel Road.

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Yoshima, Tonosho-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa
Telephone
0879-62-7004
Website
http://shodoshima.or.jp/ml/archives/326

5-minute drive

Take a 20-minute high-speed ferry ride from Tonosho port to Takamatsu port.

3-minute walk

Tamamo Park

Tamamo Park is located on the grounds of the Takamatsu castle ruins. The former castle with moats filled with water from the Seto Inland Sea is known as one of the three greatest water castles of Japan. Designated as a national historic site, the park is home to five Important Cultural Properties and a nationally designated garden of scenic beauty. Enjoy a day out for their events: cherry blossom viewing party and garden plant market in spring as well as chrysanthemum exhibition in autumn.

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2-1 Tamamo-cho, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa
Telephone
087-851-1521
Opening Times
the west gate opens 7am to 5pm (Depending on the season)
Closures
Closed from 29 December to 31 December
Prices
Adults 200yen
Website
https://www.my-kagawa.jp/point/285/ (Japanese only)

Overnight stay in Takamatsu city

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50-minute drive

Okubo-ji Temple

Okubo-ji Temple is the last temple of the 88 temples of the Shikoku pilgrimage. Pilgrims who have completed their journey dedicate their walking staffs to the temple and this tradition makes it unique. It also has a place for “Osunafumi (stepping on the soil) ”. Osunafumi is a miniaturised pilgrimage. People walk and pray around the route where collected sachets of soil from the 88 temples are placed. The temple is popular with visitors coming to enjoy the autumn foliage.

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Address
96 Tawakanewari, Sanuki-shi, Kagawa
Telephone
0879-56-2278
Website
http://sanuki-kanko.jp/english/highlights/index.html

50-minute drive to Takamatsu station

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