Tokushima Prefecture

Geography


Mt. Tsurugi

Land area : 4,146km2
Mountainous area : 80% of Total
Prefecture's highest mountain : Mt. Tsurugi (1,955m)


 

Climate


Naruto Suspension Bridge
and Naruto Whirlpools

The climate of Tokushima Prefecture is relatively mild, but varies due to its north-south length of 100 km. The northern area, including Tokushima City where Tokushima University is located, features the warm and dry Setonaikai (Inland Sea) climate with annual precipitation of less than 1,500 mm. The southern area with its beautiful coastlines features the warm and wet “Pacific Ocean” climate. The alpine area of the Shikoku Mountains with Mount Tsturugi in the center features the cold and wet “Sea of Japan” climate (mountain climate). It sometimes snows in the winter.


 

Naruto Suspension Bridge and Naruto Whirlpools


Puppet Theater (Ningyo Joruri)

Puppet Theater was popular among farmers during the 17th and 18th centuries. Because of the difficulty of producing the delicate movements of the puppets, it is necessary to have three to five people controlling each puppet.The Puppet Theater can be seen at several places in Tokushima City and Awaji Island, including the House of Jurobe (Jurobe Yashiki).


 

Awa Odori (Awa Dances)

Female Awa Odori Dancers

 


Male Awa Odori Dancers

Tokushima Prefecture is widely known for Awa Odori, the leading summer dance festival in Japan. Awa Odori brings the streets of Tokushima to life every summer from August 12 to 15.