Today you will head east down Shikoku to see the gorgeous sights, from green gardens to blue whirlpools.
Start your day by visiting Ritsurin park (Approx. 10 mins). Stroll through the garden at your own pace and enjoy a traditional Japanese tea at one of its Tea Ceremony rooms, overlooking the Japanese gardens.
Ritsurin Garden is the largest Cultural Property Garden in all of Japan and is an important cultural asset that has been maintained for nearly 400 years, as it was originally created in the Edo period.
Continue your journey east to the joining point between Shikoku and Awaji Island (approx. 1 hour 10 minutes’ drive) See some of the world’s greatest whirlpools from afar, or on a whirlpool cruise.
Considered as one of the three greatest currents exist in the Naruto Strait under the Onaruto Bridge that connects Tokushima and Awaji Island. There are whirlpools in the Naruto Strait that can reach up to 30m in diameter at the maximum. The boat cruise can go very close to the whirlpools and pass right above the whirlpools for everyone to get a good look safely.
Continue down the island for 40 minutes to the Awaodori Kaikan.
Awa Odori is the one of the greatest traditional performing arts in Japan. Awa Odori Festival is held in Tokushima Pref. between the 12th and 15th of August every year – however, we would like people from all over the world to enjoy Awa Odori all year round. This was the reason Awa Odori Festival Hall was established. You can enjoy a great performance of Awa Odori at any time. Also, you can learn how to dance Awa Odori from the team members and dance together with them.
Afterwards continue south west to the Iya Valley, where you will be spending the evening.
Accommodation: Iya Valley Accommodation