Nomi Travel Guide: Tokushima, Japan

Nomi Travel Guide: Tokushima, Japan

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Learn a bit more about the city that inspired our most popular drink, the Yuzu Spritzer! Here’s a brief guide on Tokushima.

Getting Here

The most convenient way to get to Tokushima is to take a highway bus from Kobe, Kyoto, or Osaka, which takes between 2 to 3.5 hours. If you are traveling from further away, you can fly into the Takamatsu Airport and then take a JR Uzushio Limited Express train to Tokushima.

Getting Around

If you are visiting for only a few days, the best way to explore Tokushima is probably by car. Getting a private car service means that you will not even have to worry about parking, but renting a car is another convenient option too. You can also get around the city by using a Bus Pass, which can be purchased at the Tokushima Tourist Information Office located across Clement Plaza.


There are various different types of accommodation available, but they can be mostly broken down into two categories - onsens and hotels. Onsen refers to resorts that are built around hot springs and that have bathing facilities, whereas a hotel would likely refer to a standard accommodation that offers a place to rest. Soaking in a hot spring is a very old tradition of Japanese culture, believed to provide several health benefits. We would recommend spending at least one night at an onsen, especially if visiting Tokushima in the colder months.

Attractions and Activities

  • Uzunomichi Whirlpool Walkway: Home to one of the fastest tidal currents in the world, the Uzunomichi Whirlpool Walkway is certainly a sight to behold. View the most magnificent whirlpools from a bird’s-eye view or on a boat ride. Don’t get sucked in; there’s still much more of Tokushima to be seen! A short but mighty adventure, we are confident that you can fit this into your Tokushima itinerary.
  • Tokushima Chuo Park: Upon passing through the gates of the original Tokushima castle, you will be instantly transported to the Tokushima wonderland which is Tokushima Central Park. With gorgeous cherry blossoms in the spring and the Tokushima Castle Museum year-round, you won’t want to miss this location during your visit to the city.
  • Ido-ji Temple: Ido-ji Temple is temple #17 on the Shikoku pilgrimage. Featuring many significant monuments and a variety of architectural styles, there is much to be seen at this unlikely location. There is some historical superstition around Ido-ji Temple. Legend has it that if you worship at the Hikagiri Daishi Hall on certain days, your wishes will be fulfilled. Visit if you can; it might be the best thing you’ve ever done.

Food and Drink

  • Toraya Tsubochuan: Toraya Tsubochaun’s owner, Mitsuharu Iwamoto, was trained by one of Japan's most prolific chefs, Teiichi Yuki. In addition to serving traditional Japanese dinners, known as kaiseki, the restaurant also rotates its dishes to include seasonal ingredients from the region in and around Tokushima itself. Not only will you get a taste of Japan, but you will also get a special taste of Tokushima.
  • Men Oh Tokushima Ramen: Menoh Tokushima Ramen is a cozy, hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Using a mixture of both tonkotsu and shoyu broth, Menoh’s Japanese noodle soup is not your average ramen. One sip of this magical combination is all it takes to transport you to ramen heaven. Don’t miss out on the braised pork rice and mouth-watering gyoza– worthy contenders for your meal as well!
  • Yasube: Yasube is an izakaya, an informal Japanese bar that serves alcoholic beverages and snacks. Located steps away from Tokushima Central Park, it is the perfect place to grab a bite and drink after a long day exploring the city. Yasube also has all-you-can-drink beverage options if you’re in the mood for an extended cocktail hour. Who needs a cocktail hour when you can have three? Yasube has you covered for whatever quenches your thirst and sates your appetite while visiting Tokushima.

Learn more about Tokushima on the official tourism website here.

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