Food・Traditional Crafts

Tastes of Tokushima, nurtured by an exceptional climate

  • Sudachi Citrus

    The pulp of sudachi is finer than citron, and more acidic. It can be used like lemon as a strong, aromatic flavor in any kind of cooking. The sudachi has also become the basis for various juice products and alcoholic beverages.

  • Naruto Wakame

    This seaweed, raised in the swift currents of the Naruto Strait that give rise to the whirlpools, has a rich flavor and maintains a firm texture even when cooked.

  • Naruto Kintoki Sweet Potatoes

    Grown in sandy soil, these sweet potatoes are not stringy and have a pleasingly dry texture similar to chestnuts. They are ideal for baking.

  • Tokushima Ramen Noodles

    Over 100 shops prepare ramen within the city of Tokushima alone. The basic Tokushima ramen soup consists of noodles in a sweet/salty pork-belly stock seasoned well with soy sauce, along with slices of roast pork and an egg topping.

  • Wasanbon Sugar

    This unique product is made from a special variety of sugarcane, through an elaborate process that requires much skill and time. Extremely fine-grained with a mellow flavor, it is an essential ingredient in top-grade Japanese sweets.

  • Take Chikuwa

    A perfect cocktail snack, with the superb texture one would expect of a Tokushima product. Each cylinder has a bamboo stick which enhances the flavor of the seasoned fish paste.

  • Tarai Udon Noodles

    The noodles are fat and chewy, and the broth is made with freshwater goby from the streams of the Donaricho Miyagouchi district. Cooked in a huge tub (tarai), it is eaten in group style by family or friends.

  • Handa Somen Noodles

    Handa somen is thick and chewy. The cold wind that sweeps down from the Shikoku Mountains and the clear groundwater of the Yoshino River produce a taste appreciated by connoisseurs.

  • Iya Soba Noodles

    These noodles, made from buckwheat nurtured in the pure water and clear air of the Iya valley, are said to have been developed by survivors of the Heike clan who settled there many centuries ago. They have a simple, yet rich flavor.

  • Kaizoku Cuisine

    This hearty cooking style could come only from Tokushima, with its abundant marine products. Fish and shellfish are grilled whole and with flair.

  • Awa-odori Chicken

    A special variety of chicken created in Tokushima. The meat, with reddish streaks, has a low fat content that makes it moderately chewy, and especially high levels of “umami flavor” constituents.

  • Awa Bancha Tea

    Bancha is a coarse green tea. Awa bancha consists of the most luxuriant quality of tea leaves, which develop an exquisite flavor. The favorable climate of Tokushima helps to produce an aromatic, high-quality tea.

Outstanding technique shines in traditional Tokushima crafts

  • Otani Pottery

    Otani pots began as vessels for the indigo dyeing industry, and were characteristically very large. Otani pots are made using a special technique of turning the pottery wheel by foot while lying horizontally, a technique that is still used today.

  • Bamboo Craft

    Bamboo screens, vases and other interior goods are popular products with increasing appeal nowadays. Many people find that bamboo dolls make wonderful souvenirs.

  • Awa Indigo Dyed Textiles

    The color of indigo dye continues to deepen when washed. Tokushima produces almost all the natural indigo used for dyeing in Japan, as well as a rich variety of finished indigo textiles.

  • Awa Handmade Paper

    The production of Japanese-style handmade paper flourished here from the late 16th century, thanks to patronage from the lord Hachisuka Iemasa, ruler of Tokushima, for the growing of paper mulberry. Today this industry is designated as a cultural asset of the prefecture.

  • Shijira Weaving

    Officially recognized since 1978 as a national traditional craft, authentic Shijira weaving uses thread dyed with indigo that is fermented in summer without cooking. An uneven surface, called shibo, and a soft texture are characteristic of Shijira cloth.

  • Yakkodako Kites

    Kites with the traditional pattern of a man with arms spread make delightful interior decorations and souvenirs. The design of Tokushima's yakkodako kites seems to have been influenced by the dancing of Awa Odori.

  • Tokushima Tokutoku Terminal

    Combining a store, information service and bus terminal, this facility offers some of Tokushima's finest natural produce such as fruit and vegetables, as well as other local souvenirs, and also travel information. As a park and ride terminal for highway bus services, it has a large parking area.