4 Romantic Activities To Do In Tokushima Prefecture | CoolJapan

While most people visiting Japan would make a beeline for the bright lights of Tokyo or the temples of Kyoto, there’s something special about the smaller, quieter prefectures. Plus, with ongoing travel restrictions due to COVID-19, you’ll probably want to avoid large crowds and head into wide, open spaces. Tokushima Prefecture may not be top of mind but it should, with its wealth of history, culture and natural beauty. If you’re planning a visit there with your special someone, be sure to add these experiences to your travel wish list.

For lovers of the outdoors…

Taking the scenic route up Mt Bizan

Taking the scenic route up Mt Bizan. Photo from: Tokushima Prefecture.

Standing at an elevation of 280m, Mt Bizan forms a distinctive part of the Tokushima landscape and is said to be the symbol of Tokushima. At the foot of the mountain is a centuries-old shrine — Tokushima Bizan Tenjin Shrine — where you’ll find a collection of stones that have been arranged to look like the kanji character for “heart”. After snapping a few shots for your shared album, work up a sweat with your partner with a trek to the top of the mountain. Or simply snuggle up to each other in the Bizan Ropeway, which takes just six minutes to reach the peak. At the summit, look out for the fence where thousands of other couples have pledged their love with a padlock and swear your eternal love to each other by adding your own.

For the foodie couple…

Kaizoku Ryori

Kaizoku Ryori (“pirate food”) comprises a delicious medley of seafood. Photo from: Tokushima Prefecture.

With mountains along its western borders and the ocean surrounding its east and south sides, it’s no wonder Tokushima has a rich bounty of natural produce and fresh seafood. In fact, Tokushima is often known as the “kitchen of the Kansai region”. If you’re one of those couples who travel to eat, this must be music to your ears. Some must-try items include kaizoku ryori (pirate food), a dish originating from Tokushima’s coastal regions and consists of seafood such as lobster, scampi and abalone; dekomawashi, a skewered dish where potatoes, tofu and konnyaku are slathered with miso sauce and grilled over a charcoal fire; fish katsu, a moreish snack comprising minced fish mixed with curry powder and spices, covered with breadcrumbs and deep-fried to crispy perfection.

For the artsy duo…

traditional Awa Odori dance

Tokushima is famed for the traditional Awa Odori dance. Photo from: Tokushima Prefecture.

Do your date nights often include concerts and museum-hopping? Then you and your sweetheart should definitely check out the Awa Odori Kaikan. This museum is dedicated to the Awa Odori traditional dance, which originated in Tokushima over 400 years ago. Every August, over a million visitors throng the streets of Tokushima City to catch a glimpse of this famous dance but given travel restrictions in 2021, the Awa Odori Kaikan is your best bet for finding out more about this unique art form. For something a bit more contemporary, head over to Otsuka Museum of Art in Naruto city. This is one of the largest exhibition spaces in Japan, with more than a thousand full-size ceramic reproductions of major artworks housed under one roof. Adding to its futuristic appeal, the gallery “employs” a robot named Mr Art to introduce the artwork to visitors.

For the adventurous pair…

Naruto whirlpools

The Naruto whirlpools are an exciting experience for adventure-seeking couples. Photo from: Tokushima Prefecture.

If you and your partner’s idea of a great holiday involves high-adrenaline extreme sports such as bungee jumping and skydiving, you’ll want to hop onboard a thrilling 20-minute cruise to experience the Naruto Whirlpools. This natural phenomenon takes place when the waters of the Seto Inland Sea collide with the opposing Pacific Ocean currents, creating a series of powerful, swirling eddies that are a sight to behold. Hang on tight to each other as the boat traverses along some of the fastest-moving currents in the world.

  1. 1.Tokushima Bizan Tenjin Shrine
  2. 2.Awa Odori Kaikan
  3. 3.Otsuka Museum
  4. 4.Naruto Wirepools
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