- Hop on a Whirlpool Sightseeing Boat and marvel at the world’s largest whirlpools
- Treat your taste buds to French Monstar Setouchi FoodArt at Yomomi Observatory
- Feast your eyes on ancient murals and modern paintings at the Otsuka Museum of Art
Located on the island of Shikoku, the Tokushima Prefecture is famous for delectable dishes, outdoor adventure opportunities, and breathtaking sceneries. If you're planning a vacation to Tokushima, check out the Naruto Resorts. Here, you can enjoy a relaxing journey while experiencing the comfort of luxurious accommodations.
Located in Naruto Park Hills, Hotel Ridge is less than an hour from the city of Tokushima. It is an exclusive resort that boasts a luxurious healing environment. Hotel Ridge guarantees complete privacy and outstanding views of the famed Naruto Ohashi Bridge in each one of its ten suites.
Choose between a modern-traditional Japanese-style room or a typical Western-style one. Either one will let you experience a fusion of timeless Japanese hospitality and the comfort of modern design.
Bask in the warm glow of the sun and feel the gentle ocean breeze caress your face. Hike lush forests or walk along sandy beaches as the hustle and bustle of everyday life disappear. Heal your body and soul with a soak in natural hot springs. Pamper yourself with a wide range of aesthetic and spa services. Choose between Japanese or French cuisine, and enjoy a sumptuous feast with seasonal and local delicacies. In Hotel Ridge, you find an escape that promises supreme bliss and ultimate relaxation.
Located within Hotel Ridge is California Table, a French-inspired California cuisine restaurant. They offer a variety of creative dishes and drinks in a setting that provides spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.
California Table focuses on bringing out the full potential of carefully selected ingredients sourced locally from Tokushima. Enjoy a selection of the chef’s original French-style meal arrangements. Order a glass of fine California Ridge wine to pair with your meal. Enjoy your meal while soaking up the gentle breeze and natural splendor of Tokushima.
• Location: 1-1 Nakayama, Oshimada, Seto-cho, Naruto-shi, Tokushima
• Hours: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Tuesday to Sunday
AoAwo Naruto Resort offers stunning ocean views in every one of its deluxe rooms. Choose between the 15 different types of rooms, including modern, Western-style rooms and traditional Japanese-style suites. There are also cute “Rizotta” rooms designed for families with small children. Get to know more about Tokushima culture when you book the unique, artistic "Awa Ao Rooms." These rooms feature the unique designs and motifs of traditional indigo-dyeing techniques.
From local Awa delights to French and Japanese cuisine, satisfy your appetite. Taste the various seasonal delicacies and local specialties prepared at the hotel's restaurants. Go for a soak in the natural hot springs. Experience local culture through the traditional Awa dance and indigo dyeing. If you love the outdoors, you can rent a bicycle to explore the striking Naruto Resort area.
AoAwo Naruto has five restaurants and cafes where you can dine and enjoy delicious food. Its French restaurant, the Four Seasons, is especially recommended. True to its name, this exquisite eatery serves the finest French cuisine. Ingredients for the dishes come from meticulously selected seasonal and local ingredients.
Enjoy spectacular, palate-pleasing dishes of freshly caught fish and seafood from the Seto Inland Sea. There are also a variety of local delicacies, including Awa-sourced vegetables and meat. The chef’s specialties feature a fusion of fresh, local ingredients and French culinary techniques. On weekends, a deluxe French lunch buffet is available.
• Location: 16-45, Narutochotosadomariura, Naruto-shi, Tokushima
• Hours: 07:00 AM to 09:30 AM (Breakfast) on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM (Lunch) on Saturdays and Sundays; 06:00 PM to 09:30 PM (Dinner) from Monday to Sunday
Between Shikoku and Awaji Island is a beautiful tropical destination. This is Oge-jima, where you can find the Moana Coast Resort Hotel. Aptly named Moana, which means "beautiful coast" in the Hawaiian language, this resort takes you to a luxurious escape amidst breathtaking natural vistas.
There are a total of 14 guest rooms available at Moana. Choose between a three-story room with its own open-air bath or a villa-type accommodation with a semi-open-air bath installed in every room.
There are several relaxing activities you can do at Moana Coast. Stroll on the hotel’s sandy beach and dip your feet into the sea. Enjoy a restful nap at the stylish terrace which overlooks an exquisite garden of greenery and seasonal blossoms. Heal your mind and body by treating yourself to an aromatherapy session at the Moana salon. Luxury and beauty await you at all turns.
The Italian Ristorante Fishbone is Moana Coast’s dynamic and modern Italian restaurant. It features Italian home cooking with the theme of “once in a lifetime dishes that can be only tasted here and now.”
At the restaurant, you can savor a variety of colorful meals with ingredients from the culinary treasure island of Tokushima. The dishes feature seasonal home garden produce, fresh seafood, and other local specialties. These include Naruto sea bream, Awa beef, and Awa chicken. Enjoy the head chef’s daily home-baked bread and handmade pasta, among other treats. Wine lovers can also pick from over 30 varieties of Italian wines. Those with a sweet tooth are sure to find heaven at the dessert buffet.
• Location: 186-16, Takasago, Tosadomariura, Naruto-cho, Naruto-shi, Tokushima
• Hours: 08:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Beyond the luxurious experience that each of these hotels offers, there are other sights for you to see.
The Naruto Strait lies between the Naruto region of Tokushima Prefecture and Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture. It is a channel that separates the two main islands of Japan, Honshu and Shikoku. It also serves as one of the connections between the Pacific Ocean and the Seto Inland Sea. Due to the strait’s narrowness, the two currents collide at an accelerated rate, creating massive whirlpools.
If you want to witness this spectacular natural phenomenon up close, there are two ways to do it. The first way is through the Wonder Naruto, a large sightseeing boat. It does not require reservations and will take you close to the massive whirlpools, even passing above them. The second option, the Aqua Eddy, is for more adventurous travelers. It’s a small, high-speed reservation-only boat with a spectacular underwater observation room. Hop on board, pass under the Great Naruto Bridge, and enjoy one of Tokushima’s natural wonders.
Yomomi Observatory sits along a popular driving route. It is a must-see location with majestic views of the surrounding mountains and sea.
Yomomi refers to viewing in all directions. In the observatory, you’ll find a 360-degree panoramic view of the beautiful scenery all around. Admire Awaji Island, the Seto Inland Sea, the Kii Channel, Shodoshima Island, and more.
Enhance your experience further by treating yourself to some delicious desserts at the French Monstar Setouchi FoodArt. It is a confectionary studio located just next to the observatory. French cooking techniques meet local Tokushima ingredients to craft handmade sweets. One of the most popular treats is the traditional French sable filled with Naruto-Kintoki sweet potato cream.
Otsuka Museum of Art, located in Naruto Park, is the largest museum in Japan. It houses more than a thousand replicas of ancient murals, modern paintings, and other priceless masterpieces. Seeing all the artworks requires walking almost four kilometers through the museum's halls. You'll see models of ancient churches and exhibits of works done by Da Vinci, Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, and more. You can also see replicas of museums and exhibits around the world, like the famed Sistine Chapel. The museum also has wide-open terraces and beautiful gardens where you can take a stroll.
Tokushima is a paradise with a lot to offer. Spend an exquisite time surrounded by green mountains and remarkable views of the deep blue sea. Taste specialty dishes prepared from carefully selected seasonal and local ingredients. Witness the world's largest whirlpools of Naruto Strait right before your eyes. These are only a taste of the natural wonders, exceptional luxury and comfort, and unforgettable adventures you can discover at Tokushima.
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