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Best Time to Visit Tokushima

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Best Time to Visit Tokushima
Tokushima is located on the eastern side of Shikoku island connected to mainland Japan by the Akashi-Kaikyo and Naruto Bridges. It is the smallest of Japan's four main islands. While it may be out of the way, the city is worth visiting offering from things to see, do, eat, and experience. It is known for the world-famous Awa Odori Dance Festival. They have a unique culture and have a variety of nature areas to explore like the Vine Bridges in Iya Valley and the famous whirlpools of Naruto. They are also home to the best rafting in all of Japan, to experience a thrilling adventure.

During spring between March and May, temperatures are mild as it is the best time to visit Tokushima. Temperatures range from  highs of 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius) and 54 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius). Temperatures get warmer through the months during the season. Cherry blossoms bloom in late-March to early April which can be seen in Matsushima Senbonzakura, Tokushima Central Park, and Funakubo Azalea Park. White-water rafting season also begins during this time from March to November. During this time it provides the best experience through the rapids with views of clear mountains and adrenaline-pumping drops. In addition to rafting, you can do other activities like canyoning and kayaking. Yoshinogawa River is the biggest rapid in Japan that runs through the rocky canyon in a mountainous center, an ideal place to enjoy the excitement of rafting.

During the summer season, the beaches come alive and river rafting is still in season. Anabuki River is beautiful year-round, providing camping sites along the riverbanks which can be enjoyed during the summer. On the southern coast of Tokushima, Kaifu Point, it is the number one surfing spot in the Kansai region providing big waves. The temperatures average around highs of 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius) in July and August, which is usually cooler around the water. Sunflower Maze located in Mima City has approximately 30,000 sunflowers that bloom between mid-July and early August. August is also when the Awa Odori festival takes place. It is a major folk dance event, known throughout the world as one of Japan's representative traditional performances.

During the fall season between September through November, the highs can range between 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius) and 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius). Autumn in the mountains can come and go very quickly. November is when the fall foliage is at its best in the remote, Iya Valley and Oboke Gorge providing the best spots to enjoy the seasonal colors. Although the fall foliage in temples, shrines, and parks are gorgeous, the fall foliage in the natural settings of a quiet mountain is peaceful and breathtaking. It's a perfect place to get away and enjoy nature and its views. The Oku-Iya Double Vine Bridges made of mountain vines deep in the Iya Valley is a great place to see mountain views and the colorful leaves from the surrounding trees. This season is the best time to visit with less rainy days and great weather, being able to enjoy the outdoors.

Is winter the worst season to visit Tokushima? The temperatures during this season range between 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius) and 48 degrees Fahrenheit (9 degrees Celsius). The average snowfall is between 3 to 6 times a month, which is a fair amount. There is only one ski hill in Tokushima, Ikawa Kainayama located northwest of Mount Kaina. The snowfall ranges from 40 to the highest of 60 centimeters during the season.

Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is it hot in Tokushima in July?
    Tokushima is a little cooler than Osaka in summer. The average temperature is about 20 - 27°C. Sometime there is shower so please bring an umbrella with you.
  • When should I visit Tokushima if I want to see the Awa Odori?
    Tokushima City's Awa Odori is the most famous of many dance festivals held across Japan during the Obon season in mid August. It is usually on 12-15 Aug.
  • When is cherry blossom in Tokushima?
    Cherry blossom in Tokushima is usually from late March to early April. The exact dates vary depending on the weather.
  • Can I see maple leaves if I visit Tokushima around Mid November?
    Yes, in Tokushima and the nearby cities, maples leaves usually last from late October to late November.
  • How is the weather in Tokushima if I visit during winter?
    The average temperature in winter is about 5-12°C. Tokushima is warmer and more humid than Osaka. Coats and jackets are recommended.
  • Is it a good idea to visit Tokushima in September and October?
    Yes, it is very comfortable to visit Tokushima in fall. Additionally, you may be able to find maple leaves in some area starting mid Oct.
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