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“Bizan”, the symbol of Tokushima culture

The river in Tokushima City is the “Yoshino River”, and speaking of the mountain, it is “Bizan”.

As its name implies, the mountain is gently shaped like an eyebrow when viewed from any angle, and is widely popular for Tokushima citizens as a symbol of Tokushima City.

“Bizan” was used as titles of the novel and movie and the set for them. You can reach the summit by hiking or driving, but you can also enjoy a walk in the air on a ropeway.

It takes about 6 minutes to get to the top of the mountain! A gondola ride through Tokushima’s cityscape in the air.

The ropeway stop, the Sanroku Station of the Bizan Ropeway, is located on the 5th floor of the “Awa Odori Kaikan”, a 10-minute walk from Tokushima Station.

The ropeway usually runs every 15 minutes, and as the two gondolas in a row slowly ascend, the city of Tokushima appears between the greenery. The view of the city below will take your breath away, and you’ll arrive at the “mountaintop station”, feeling like no time at all.

To the mountaintop, where the panoramic view unfolds

Outside of the summit station building, there’s a spectacular viewing platform!

Mount Bizan is 290 meters above sea level. On a clear day, you can enjoy the view of the Yoshino River (Shikoku Saburo), Tokushima City, Oo-Naruto Bridge, Awaji Island, and even Wakayama, and it’s also known as the best place to see the night view of Shikoku.

A padlock that promises love.

A fence where lovers pledge their everlasting love and hang a padlock.

Eyebrow mirror

LED kaleidoscope monument. It is one of the largest LED kaleidoscopes in Japan, with a height of 3.6 meters and a width of 3 meters at the top.

Right below the monument, there is a hole of one meter in diameter, through which you can see about 4,100 LED kaleidoscopes shining!


Pagoda means a pagoda in English.

It was built in 1958 by the prefectural Burmese Association to comfort the souls of those who died in the Second World War, referring to the shape of the “Shwedagon Pagoda”, a symbol of peace in Yangon, the capital of Myanmar, in order to pray for peace.

With a conical dome in the unique Burmese style and a height of 25 meters, it is one of the largest pagodas in Japan. It houses the Buddha’s ashes given by Burma at that time.

Mountaintop Plaza to enjoy the seasons

You can take a leisurely stroll in the forest, relax on the benches and enjoy nature.

After an aerial walk, take a stroll at the foot of the mountain

Wadanoya Main Store, an elegant shop at the foot of Mt. Bizan

The building leading from the stone steps to the Takiyakushi, the big curtain, and the atmosphere of the tea house will raise your expectations.

As soon as you enter the restaurant, you will find a quiet and calm space inside the small and cozy shop.

The garden is lined with a white silk waterfall and the large windows are filled with greenery.

Every year from mid-November to early March, the area around the waterfall is said to be covered in yellow with blossoming yellow flax trees.

Enjoy the “waterfall baked rice cake”!

Since Iemasa Hachisuka Houan presented this confectionery to the lord of Tokushima Castle when it was built in 1924, it gained fame as an official confectionery for the lord of the domain.

Yaki Mochi (baked rice cake), popularly known by its chrysanthemum-shaped molds, is baked deliberately in the shop upon order. The burnt surface is fragrant and the inside is chewy and matches well with the sweet bean paste, so you can eat a lot.

Around Teramachi

There are about 26 shrines and temples in the Teramachi area.

The dazzling long white walls make you feel like you’ve gone back in time.

Tomita Hachiman Shrine

This is one of the five shrines in Tokushima City that were built by the first lord of the Tokushima domain, Iemasa Hachisuka, to serve as the shogunate of Tokushima Castle, and it has a long history of being revered by successive lords of the domain.

Zuishinmon (Zuishin Gate) was built in the mid-Edo period and is designated as a cultural asset of Tokushima City.

The steep stone-wall-like stairs in the worship hall are unusual.

Myouten Temple

The brand-new hanging bell and belfry is open to anyone who wants to ring the bell!


The water-drawing station of “Kinryosui”, the famous water in Tokushima

This water has long been valued as drinking water by local residents, including the lord of the Awa feudal lord. The locals never stop coming to fetch water.

The area around the town of Bizan and Teramachi, which looks like a time warp, changes with each season. It’s only 10 minutes away from Tokushima Station. It’s a must-visit.

Auther:Mamiko Kusano

CREAZIONE Co.Ltd. Director
From Tokyo
2006 Established CREAZIONE Co. Ltd. I mainly work on branding, digital branding, space design, and furniture design.