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■Bizan Park | Tokushima City
Bizan Park is a 280-meter-high mountain sitting on the southern side of the city. The mountain has been named Bizan (eyebrow mountain) for its shape which looks like an eyebrow. The foots of Bizan is the best place in the prefecture to view blossoms with 1,500 cherry trees in 8 kinds mostly Someiyoshino. There is a ropeway connecting the foot to the peak, and you can get a grand view of the city from the peak.

■Myokenzan Park | Naruto City
This park is located on a hill on the east side of the city and looks out over the Naruto Channel famous for the uzushio (vortex). On the top of the hill sits the restored Okazaki Castle. Several hundred Someiyoshino are planted in the park, adding some color to the grand caslte tower in spring.

 
 
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Awaodori

Awa-odori is a famous summer festival held in the center of Tokushima city every year for 4 day from August 12th to 15th, and approximately 1.3 million tourists come to enjoy the festival.
It has a history of about 400 years, and it has become one of the most famous dancing festivals in the world alongside with Rio Carnaval of Brazil, filled with passion and excitement.
During the festival, the entire city is drawn into the energetic dance and transforms into a crucible of excitement.

 

Uzushio
(Naruto City)
In the Naruto channel between Magosaki (Naruto City) and Awajishima Island, there are many vortexes swirling from big to small in scale, known as the Uzushio. These vortexes caused by the tide become largest at springtime and autumn with the maximum speed of 20km/h and maximum diameter of 20 meters wide. The sight of vortexes swirling this way and that with a thunderous sound is absolutely grand.
 


The Turtles Spawning Site (Hiwasacho)

There are just about 10 places in Japan which sea turtles come ashore to spawn eggs, and ?hama shore being one of them is especially known for the spawning of around 30 red sea turtles every year. You can observe how they spawn during the season.
 


Takegashima Undersea Park (Shishikuicho)

At the southern end of Tokushima prefecture, in the middle of Muroto-Anan-Kaigan Kokutei Koen, locates Mitoko Bay which also go by the name of “Jewel of the Southern Sea.” The water is crystal clear that you would want to call it “Suisho Kaigan” instead of its real name (Mitoko in kanji can also be read “suisho” which means “crystal”). There are odd shaped rocks named Eboshi-iwa, Zato-iwa and Kaburi-iwa along the varied rias coastline, and the scenery with Kagori and Sabi islands floating on the water is just amazing.
 


The streets of udatsu (Mima City/ Tsurugicho)

Udatsu is a name for an earth-made wall built on the roofs between houses for fire prevention and is something very expensive. Hence the Japanese saying “Udatsu ga agaru” (the udatsu goes up: meaning to succeed in life and become rich) shows that the udatsu is a symbol of wealth, and the scenery of “udatsu street” reflects how wealthy Wakimachi once was in the old days.
 


Oboke, Koboke (Yamashirocho)

Oboke and Koboke are both canyons of thin delicate plates of rocks that have been scraped for 0.2 billion years by Yoshinogawa, a swift current that runs through Shikoku Mountains. This is a canyon which one must go through to cross the Shikoku Mountains, and because of its sheer cliff and rapid flow of the river, it has been famous as a dangerous spot for travelers on foot.

The canyons have been named for this reason: Oboke (literally meaning, “big strides are dangerous) because it’s dangerous to pass this place with big strides, and Koboke (meaning “little steps are dangerous”) because even small steps can risk your life.
 


Kazurabashi Bridge (Nishiiyayamason/ Higashiiyayamason)

This bridge made of a kind of ivy, supported by the old trees on both sides of the gorge, swings quietly in the soft wind. The bridge with its shadow falling upon Iyagawa stream creates a calm and harmonic beauty with the surrounding nature all year round.
 
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