Trip with a Rent a Car in Naruto City: Experience the culture and nature of Awa in Naruto City
What we'll do
When Japanese people imagine Tokushima, whirlpools and the Awa Odori Festival come to mind. This is a tour for going around to see the culture and nature that represents Tokushima. The Awa Odori Festival is one of the festivals in Japan that is representative of the summer with 400 years of history, and it is still held annually in the summer to this day. At the Awaodori Kaikan, you can observe the Awa Odori performances throughout the year, so this is a spot that you have to visit when you come to Tokushima. And you can feel the full impact of the whirlpools right in front of you on a Uzushio Kanchosen Whirlpool Sightseeing. At the Yomomi Observation Deck where you can see a panoramic view of the Seto Inland Sea, you might also get to see oyster harvesting depending on the season.
We can meet here, at the TOYOTA Rent a Car Tokushima Awaodori Airport Shop.
From Tokushima Awaodori Airport exit, 1-minute walk toward the shop.
The type of car we rent and the rental fee will depend on the number of people participating in the tour.
*One-way: Available inside / outside the prefecture
- Price per person
- 5,000 JPY ~ / person
- Max participants
- Up to 4 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
-Taxis or rental cars are recommended for transportation.
-Transportation and Admission fees are not included in the price.
-Recommend comfortable shoes.
1Yomomi Observation Deck
The Yomomi Observation Deck is the tallest observation deck on the Naruto Skyline, and from it the dynamic surrounding nature can be both seen and felt. If you gaze out, you'll be able to see the Uchinoumi Inland Sea, the Naruto Strait, which is one of the three major currents of the world, and the Kii Channel. If the weather is good, you'll be able to see all the way to Shodoshima Island across the Seto Inland Sea. The Uchinoumi Inland Sea is surrounded by slightly elevated mountains, so at first glance it seems like a lake; because of these surrounding mountains, it isn't affected by high waves, creating ideal fishing grounds. This is an area full of nature, wild birds, and seasonal flowers, and it is an excellent destination for car or motorcycle travel.
2Uzushio Kanchosen Whirlpool Sightseeing
On the whirlpool sightseeing boats of Naruto City, passengers can observe the force of the whirling tides firsthand from on top of a boat. The whirling tides, or whirlpools, of Naruto that are created by the tidal variations of the Seto Inland Sea and the Kii Channel are said to be the largest in the world, reaching up to 20 meters in diameter. There are two types of sightseeing boats available: the Wonder Naruto, a large boat from which you can leisurely watch the whirlpools; and the Aqua Eddy, on which there is an underwater observatory room below decks for viewing whirlpools. The whirlpools can be observed from close range from either type of boat, so whichever you choose, the experience is sure to not disappoint. Advance reservations are required for the Aqua Eddy, and when low tide or high tide is approaching seats often fill up, so we recommend making your reservation early. The most impressive whirlpools can be seen at certain times of day, so please make sure to check the official homepage before you visit.
"Awaodori dance is a traditional performance art of Tokushima Prefecture. While incorporating a number of changes over the course of its 400-year history, awaodori dance has become what it is today. Awaodori Kaikan was made to preserve and pass down the tradition of awaodori dance. On the second floor of the building is the Awaodori Hall. Here, daytime performances by the Awaodori Kaikan exclusive dance group are held. Evening performances alternate, and every day there is a performance by one of 33 famous dance groups. During the performances there is a trial corner in which audience members can participate. The third floor of the building is the Awaodori Museum, a mini museum with information about the history and culture of awaodori dance. Costumes, props, and musical instruments from throughout the history of the dance are on display, so it's easy to learn about the transition of awadori. Miniature reproductions of what awaodori dance looked like in the past and 3D videos can be enjoyed at the Awaodori 3D Theater. An additional point of interest is the Sanroku Station on the fifth floor, the start of the ropeway that connects Awaodori Kaikan and the summit of Mt. Bizan. From the summit, visitors can enjoy the magnificent panorama of Hirano Heiya Plain facing the Kii Channel. On top of all that, the Tokushima Prefecture Product Association has a shop on the first floor of Awaodori Kaikan called Arudeyo Tokushima at which various crafts, sweets, and other special products are sold."