Duration: 7 hours
Start/End: Tokushima Port/ Tokushima Port
Highlights: Wakimachi, Yoshida-ke House, Awa Jurobe Yashiki Residence Theater, Tokushima-city shopping center
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Enjoy Tokushima City’s highlights on this guided sightseeing Tokushima tour. On arrival at the port, take an excursion to Wakimachi – a small Japanese street in Mima town with well-preserved houses and shops dating back to the early 18th century. Most of the shops and houses are surrounded by anachronistic wooden walls. The ends of those buildings on the first floor are made from clay and bamboo and served as a firebreak, it’s called Udatsu in Japanese. The construction is so costly that merchants on this street began to try to outdo each other with more intricate designs. Plenty of beautifully designed gargoyles and fish sit atop the wing walls all the way down the street.
Then, head to Yoshida-ke House – a wealthy indigo merchant built in 1792 in the Edo Period. The house is beautifully situated near the Yoshino River where the two basins are the grasslands used as raw materials to dye indigo. Taste some local specialties and other fresh courses made from farm products and admire the medieval house style in the area.
Another must-see spot included in this tour is the Awa Jurobe Yashiki Residence Theater – the puppet theater and museum. During the Edo Period, Ningyo Joruri puppet plays flourished in agricultural communities as a popular form of amusement in and around Tokushima. Today, performances are still played, you will have the chance to enjoy this fascinating performance art filled with the Japanese sensibility, or visit the museum displaying a variety of delicate wooden puppets.
After experiencing the lively Japanese culture, return to the present by moving to the Tokushima city shopping center which supplies every little thing you need. Your hands can be full of handbags of souvenirs from small to very big sizes. Conclude this trip by returning to the port for the ship departure. Trip ends.