phone: +81 883-53-8599address: 脇町大字脇町92The tourism center in the Udatsu area. You can go here for tours and bicycle renting. There is one English volunteer guide, so if you want to take the English tour, it is recommended you make reservations in advance. You can make reservations through the Mima City Tourism Association (+81 883 53-8599).
By planeThere are two small airports near Mima city. From Tokushima Airport, travelers can take the bus to Tokushima Station. From there, travelers can get on the Tokushima line (徳島線 Tokushima-sen). Takamatsu Airport, can be accessed from Mima by Route 193. From Mima City Hall, it takes approximately 40 minutes by car. The largest international airport in the vicinity is Kansai International Airport in Osaka (2 hr 45 min from Tokushima city, ¥4000 — cheaper if you purchase a round trip ticket).
By trainThere are three train stations in Mima city along the Tokushima line. These are Anabuki Station (穴吹駅 Anabuki-eki), Oshima Station (小島駅 Oshima-eki) and Sadamitsu Station (貞光駅 Sadamitsu-eki). From Tokushima Station it takes a little over one hour to travel to Anabuki Station, and costs ¥830 (for adults). There is also a limited express train that stops at Anabuki Station. The limited express takes around 40 minutes to get to Tokushima Station and costs ¥2270.
By busSeveral buses travel to or through Mima.
phone: +81 88-866-2489This overnight bus runs between Kochi and Tokyo, and stops in Mima at the Wakimachi Bus Station (脇町BS). It takes around 9 hours to travel from Mima to Shinjuku. Reservations necessary. Prices differ depending on how long in advance you make reservations (reservations can be made up to one month in advance). Reservations (in Japanese) can be made online or by phone.
Kochi ExpressFrom Kobe, Osaka, and Kyoto.
EDDY Osaka LineFrom Osaka.
EDDY Kobe LineFrom Kobe.
Yoshinogawa ExpressFrom Matsuyama.
Kochi Tokushima ExpressFrom Kochi.
Takamatsu LineTwo Takamatsu buses per day, each direction.
By carRoute 192 connects Mima to Tokushima, while Route 193 connects Mima to Takamatsu. There is an interchange for the Tokushima Expressway near Wakimachi.
There are three train stations along the Tokushima Line that serve Mima City. These are, from east to west, Anabuki Station, Oshima Station and Sadamitsu Station.
Although the city is rather spread out, some places can be visited by foot. The Udatsu Townscape is about 4 km from Anabuki Station. Tera-machi, the temple district, is about a half an hour walk from Sadamitsu Station.
phone: +81 120-00-1094
Mt. Tsurugi Taxiphone: +81 883-63-2055
Koori Taxiphone: +81 120-25-4463
Udatsu TownscapeStraight from the Edo and Meiji Eras, Udatsu Townscape is a symbol of Wakimachi’s old days. Characteristic of the buildings are the presence of “Udatsu,” extensions of the roof that served as protection from the spread of fires. Udatsu were also symbols of fortune, and continue to proclaim the prosperity of the merchants even today. The charm of the old town continues to excite nostalgia, as the broadcast industry often features it in television dramas and commercials. The national government recognizes Udatsu Street as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings.
phone: +81 883-53-0960The residence of the Yoshida family. This family traded in indigo, a product for which the region was famous. It was constructed in 1792 by Sagawaya Naoei, who changed his name to Yoshida Naoei. Next to the Yoshida residence is the aigura, a building which was used by the Yoshida family to store indigo. Nowadays the first floor is a gift shop, and the second floor is a cafe.
phone: +81 883-52-3807address: Wakimachi, ōaza-Inoshiri, Aza-Nishibu 140−1Built in 1934, Wakimachi Theater was a playhouse for Kabuki, Rōkyoku (storytelling accompanied with Shamisen music), and other such entertainment. In the post-World War II era, it became a movie theater, and was then closed in 1995. It was scheduled for demolition, but after Shōchiku Films decided to used it as a location in their famous film, The Man Who Catches Rainbows,it was brought back into the limelight. The theater is now also known as the Odeon-za (Odeon theater), which was its name in the movie. The theater underwent restoration in 1999.
phone: +81 883-63-2177 (Mima City Board of Education)address: Wakimachi, ōaza-Inoshiri, Aza-Nishiueno 34The former Nagaoka Residence used to be at the foot of the southern slopes of the Sanuki Mountains. In 1976 the residence was awarded the status of 'Important Cultural Property'. In 1979 it was disassembled and reassabled in the Wakimachi area. The house is 12 m long and 6.6 m wide. It has a Yosemune-style thatched roof. The outside walls aren't made from the usual cedar tree bark or wooden planks, but from mud and earth. This is characteristic for houses on the foot of the southern slopes of the Sanuki mountains (as there is very little rainfall here).
address: Wakimachi, ōaza-Kitashō, Aza-Shibatoko 91-3This anti-erosion dam, the Ōtani River Dam, was built under the supervision of Dutch civil engineer Johannis de Rijke between 1886 and 1887. During the time in which De Rijke was active in Japan (1873-1903), several of these dams were built in the Tokushima region, but this is the only one that has been preserved. In 2002 the dam was awarded the status of Nationally Registered Tangible Cultural Property.
phone: +81 120-53-1187address: Wakimachi, ōaza-Kitashō 551-2Flower exhibit and store. Mima is known for the cymbidium orchid, which blooms late November to March. Free parking.
phone: +81 883-52-1594address: 脇町北庄1308Temple number 3 on the Fudō Myō-ō 36 Temple Route. This temple was constructed during the Tenpyō era (729-748).
Tera-machiMima is home to several temples with long histories, showing that the region has been culturally advanced since earlier times. During the Kōfun period (3rd-6th century) large grave tombs were built here, and with the spread of Buddhism during the Hakuhō period (645-715), an enormous temple complex was established. The complex consisted of 7 main buildings, which was unheard of for the countryside. The Tera-machi area, also known as Temple Town, is considered to be made up of the Anraku, Ganshō, Saikyō and Rinshō temples, located in the Mima-chō area, near the Sadamitsu train station.
A volunteer guide can be booked for a tour along the temples in tera-machi, in accordance with your personal schedule and preferences. You can contact the Anraku temple for bookings (+81 883-63-2015). Bookings need to be made at least one week in advance.
Anraku Templephone: +81 883-63-2155address: Mima-chō, Aza-Miyanishi 11This famous temple is the oldest and most influential Jōdo Shinshū (Pure Land Buddhism) temple of Shikoku. It is also known for its Nō theatre stage, where every year there are Nō and Kyōgen performances. Its vermillion-laquered, multistoried gate is known as the Red Gate, and is one of the five biggest gates in the prefecture.
Ganshō Templephone: +81 883-63-2118address: Mima-chō, Aza-Ganshōji 8This temple was constructed during the Nara period (710-794), and is home to the oldest dry landscape garden in Shikoku, which is believed to be constructed during the Nanbokuchō period (1336-1392). It has been constructed with ishigumi, the same stone arranging technique used in Kyoto's Tenryū Temple.
Saikyō Templephone: +81 883-63-2067address: Mima-chō, Aza-Miyanishi 13This Jōdo Shinshū temple was of a comparable status with the Anraku Temple during the Hansei period (1603-1867). A notable sight is the more than 200-year-old Hikaku Pine Tree, and one of the temples treasures is the over 750-year-old statue of St. Shinran, the founder of the Jōdo Shinshū sect.
Rinshō Templephone: +81 883-63-2155address: Mima-chō, Aza-Miyanishi 17This Jōdo Shinshū temple was built at the end of the Muromachi period (1336-1573). Next to the Chinese-style front gate there is a famous, large gingko nut tree, which turns a beautiful golden-yellow in late autumn.
Jōnen Templephone: +81 883-63-2125address: Mima-chō, Aza-Muneshige 63This temple, also part of the Jōdo Shinshū sect, has a 1490-m² garden in front of the main entrance, called the Garden of Peace.
Izanami ShrineThe Izanami shrine is one of the eleven shrines in in the Mima region that were listed in the Engi-shiki. The Engi-shiki was completed in 927, during the Heian period (794-1185), and contained a summary of all the shrines throughout the country. There were seven shrines in the entire list that were named after Izanagi, but this shrine was the only one named after Izanami. It is thought that in many of the Izanagi shrines, Izanami was also worshipped, but the fact that the Izanami shrine is explicitly named after the goddess might have some special significance to it.
Ikezuki ParkThe park was named for the famous horse Ikezuki, which belonged to Shogun Yoritomo, and was ridden by commander Sasaki Takatsuna, during the Genpei War (1180-1185). The park features the gravesite of Ikezuki’s mother.
Aoki ResidenceThe Aoki residence was constructed in 1915, as a retirement home for the Aoki family. It sits on a 3,590-㎡ plot of land, which is surrounded by a 2-m-high plaster wall. On the premises are the main living building, a shed, and several two storied storage houses, made from both earth and wood. The main building is approximately 20 m long, and 11 m wide, and features a tatami room, a reception, a bedroom and an earthen floor, among other things. The gabled roof has been built in irimoya-style. In 1998 the residence was awarded the status of nationally designated Tangible Cultural Property.
Dan TombsDan no tsuka-ana, or the Dan tombs, are two ancient burial mounds located on the point of a river terrace near Mima city’s temple town. Both burial mounds were constructed about 1400 years ago, in the late Kofun period (approximately 250-538). They were constructed 25 meters apart. The eastern, large burial mound is known as the Taiko-tsuka, or ‘Drum tomb’, and the smaller one is known as the Tana-tsuka, or ‘Shelf tomb’. Especially the Taiko-tsuka is remarkable in its construction, making the tombs invaluable for historic research into the Kofun period. In 1942 the tombs were awarded the status of nationally designated Historic Landmarks. The archeological findings and relics from the tombs are on display at the nearby Mima City Folk Museum, which is located on the premises of the Ganshō Temple.
Honraku TempleThe Honraku-ji was founded in 828 by the monk Sō-Keiun of the buddhist Shingon sect as a place of meditation, and was initially known as the Rengesan Honraku Temple. In 1131, the restored temple was reopened by the monk Sō-Yūjun. Because of the temple's strategic position, where Mt. Takamaru and the Yoshino River meet, it was used as a fort during the Sengoku period (1467-1568). In the late Tenshō period (1573-1592) the temple, along with several precious objects, was burned to the ground by the Chōsokabe Clan. In 1863 the temple was again destroyed by fire. The next year the temple was rebuilt to its present state, under supervision of the monk Sō-Yūkei.
Shinmei ShrineA shrine.
Mishima Burial Mound
Miki Residencephone: +81 883-63-2177address: 木屋平字貢The Miki residence, a traditional wooden house with a thatched roof was built around the start of the Edo period (1603-1867). It shows characteristic elements of old samurai residences. Being the oldest surviving privately owned house in Tokushima prefecture, in 1976 the residence was awarded the status of Important Cultural Property. Furthermore, 45 ancient scrolls dating back to the Kamakura period (1185-1333) and Muromachi period (1336-1573) were found here. These scrolls were awarded the status of Prefecturally Recognized Cultural Property. According to several medieval texts, the Miki family had close connections to the Awa Inbe clan, which was responsible for ceremonial affairs at the imperial court. The Miki family takes care of the residence. Next to the Miki Residence is the Miki Residence Museum.
Kawai Mountain Pass Weeping Cherry TreesOn the slope of the mountain, there are about 20 weeping sakura (cherry blossom) trees. Sakura blooming season is generally between late March and mid April. The weeping sakura trees bloom about one week after the regular trees (which aren't on a slope).
Folklore Museumphone: +81 883-52-8011Old texts, tools and objects from the area are on display.
Mt. TsurugiWith a height of 1955 m, this is the second highest mountain in western Japan. At the top, there are splendid panoramic views of the area, and on clear days one can see as far as the Seto Inland Sea. Mt. Tsurugi opens on May first, as it is closed during winter. From the top of the cable car, it's about a 40-minute climb to the summit. From the Mt. Tsurugi summit, you can also walk to the summits of neighboring mountains. Ichinomori (1879 m) is about a 50-minute walk to the east. Jirogyu (1929 m) is about a 60-minute walk to the west. For more info on the mountain and area around it, see Iya Valley.
phone: +81 883-67-5277address: Miyoshi, Higashiiya sugeoi 205-2, MinokoshiA cable car going most of the way up Mt. Tsurugi.
Mimuragaoka Skysports Sitephone: +81 883-52-5650address: 脇町字東大谷18Beginner-level paragliding.
Sky Trek Paraglider Schoolphone: +81 87-874-3037
Mima Sky Sportsphone: +81 90-1176-5651address: 美馬市美馬町三頭山Advanced level paragliding.
Mima Motor Landphone: +81 883-63-2926Motorcross track. The track is 1.6 km long, and between 5-8 m wide.
phone: +81 883-52-3115address: Anabuki-chō, Anabuki, Aza-Okanoue 200Golf club.
phone: +81 883-68-3422address: 木屋平字太合カケ445-1Located on the Nakoyama Plateau (中尾山高原 Nakoyama Kōgen). In 2000, the Junior World Championships Grass Skiing were held here. Equipment can be rented.
WatersportsFishing is popular on the Anabuki River. Amego season opens in March, and Ayu season opens in June.
phone: +81 90-2786-1655, +81 883-55-2099address: Mima-chō, Nakatori areaKayaking and canoeing on the Yoshinogawa River.
Nakōyama Chestnut Parkphone: +81 883-68-2111 (Koyadaira Branch Office)address: Koyadaira, Aza-TaigōkakeThe entrance to the chestnut park is free, as is the amount of chestnuts you can collect yourself. Don't forget to bring barbeque tongs, working gloves and a collection basket.
Yokogura's Tourist Apple Gardensphone: +81 883-52-0858address: Wakimachi, Aza-YokoguraIn the Nakagawa apple garden, one can pick and taste "Ietake Tsuruga" and sour "Sansa" apples, while at Kanezaki apple garden, one can taste the sweet "Tsugaru".
Shidehara Blueberry Gardenphone: +81 883-53-6494address: Anabuki-chō, Kuchiyama, Aza-ShideharaBlueberry picking.
Berry Berry Farm Wakimachiphone: +81 883-55-0515address: Wakimachi, KitashōBlueberry picking.
Burning of New Year's gate decorations at Shirahito shrine
Shirahito shrine o-mato archery festivalphone: +81 883 52 2644According to an old legend, the samurai Minamoto Tametomo (1139-1177) visited emperor Sutoku Jōkō (1119-1156), who had fled to Sanuki in Kagawa prefecture after the Hōgen Revolt of 1156. Tametomo stood on the Aiguri ridge, on the border of Kagawa and Tokushima prefectures, and shot his bow. The arrow flew towards the Anabuki region, and finally landed at the Shirahito shrine. Nowadays, the bow in question is kept as a treasure at this shrine, and an archery contest is held every year.
Opening of facilities on the Nakōyama plateau
Sakura viewingParticularly the cherry blossom at the Yaoyorozu-no-kami-no-goten Shrine, and the shidarezakura (weeping cherry blossoms) of the Kawai Pass.
Shinyama Taishi holy fire memorial serviceBuddhist memorial service for the former Buddhist teacher of Shinyama.
Mt. Ōtaki spring fesitvalMikagura (ancient Shinto music) at the Nishitera shrine, and a holy fire at the ōtaki temple.
Opening of Mt. TsurugiStart of the climbing season for Mt. Tsurugi. Due to snow, Mt. Tsurugi can't be climbed during winter. Activities start around 10:30, and include the carrying of a mikoshi portable shrine.
Great holy fire at the Mt. Tsurugi Ryūkō temple
Carrying of the o-mikoshi (miniature shrine) at the Ryūkō temple
Carrying of the o-mikoshi (miniature shrine) at the Mt. Tsurugi Hongū shrinephone: +81 883 24 2287
Anabuki river homemade rafting tournamentPeople from all over participate in homemade rafts on a 5-km or 2.5-km course on the Anabuki river. Teams compete for fastest times and best-looking raft.
Mima city fireworks display/Awa-odori event
Koyadaira Midori-to-Fureai (closeness with green) summer festival
Mimuragaoka summer festival
Summer festival at Shikoku Saburō-no-SatoThis event is held every year at the Yoshino Riverside Plaza, adjacent to the Shikoku Saburō-no-Sato, and features many events, from concerts to fireworks, canoeing and Awa-odori performances. Many families come here to enjoy the final days of their summer vacation together.
Awa-odori dance performance by the Anabuki Ginza-kai group
Kuchiyama hassaku dance
Udatsu festivalEvents in the Udatsu street area. Some years, the popular television character Mito Kōmon (水戸黄門) participates in parades.
O-neri spear procession at Santō shrine
Mt. Tsurugi autumn colours festival
Mima city's shrines autumn festival
Mima city cultural festival
Mimuragaoka walking competition
Shamisen mochi-tsukiPounding steamed rice into the dough that is used for making rice cakes, accompanied by shamisen. During the Edo period (1603-1867), when Wakimachi was a flourishing merchant town, merchants used to hire geisha to play the shamisen, and workers to pound the rice, while singing a mochi song. This was done at the end of the year. It is thought that this is how this tradition started. The current mochi-tsuki/shamisen group participates in various events.
Wagasa (Japanese paper umbrellas) and Awa-uchiwa (Awa fans) are traditionally hand-made in Mima. In the past, more than 200 umbrella shops existed in the city.
phone: +81 883-53-1187The Cymbidium is a western type of orchid. Interestingly, the majority of all Cymbidiums worldwide are breeds that were 'born' in Mima. Around 40 different kinds of Cymbidium products are sold here, from Cymbidium hair tonic to wine and tea.
Jidaiya Village of Bamboo Puppetsphone: +81 883-53-1015address: Wakimachi, Ōaza Wakimachi 124This store in the Udatsu street area sells bamboo puppets (竹人形 take-ningyō), that are depicted dancing the Awa-odori dance.
phone: +81 883-53-2333address: Wakimachi, Ōaza-Wakimachi 55Formerly the indigo warehouse of the Yoshida family, this building has been turned into a cafe and shop. The cafe allows for lunches as well as coffee, while the shop sells all sorts of local products, such as Mima-kara and indigo-dyed clothes and accessories.
Seasonal Dishes Moritomoaddress: Wakimachi, Ōaza-Inoshiri 779-3602
Matsuri-zushiphone: +81 883-53-2566address: 脇町猪尻建神社下南202-1A conveyor belt sushi restaurant. Cheap plates are ¥105.
Maharajah Spicephone: +81 883-53-7072address: 脇町大字猪尻若宮南118-6A small Indian restaurant. Naan, rice and salad are all-you-can-eat. The main attraction has to be the naan; they serve about 15 kinds, ranging from plain and bacon naan to mentaiko (fish egg) and caramel butter naan.
phone: +81 883-55-0403address: 脇町猪尻建神社下南170−1An izakaya with private rooms.
phone: +81 883-53-1950address: Wakimachi, Haibara 2057-1A relatively new cafe, that serves (ice) coffee, tea, cakes, and dinner sets, among others.
Cafe Kadoyaphone: +81 883-53-3570address: Wakimachi, Ōaza-Wakimachi 152-1A cute little cafe in an old building right on the Udatsu street (across the waterwell). The menu isn't very large, but the atmosphere is nice and laidback.
Wakimachi interchange/Anabuki river area
Anabuki Onsenphone: +81 883-56-0025address: Anabuki-chō, Kuchiyama, Aza-Fumichō 1028-1A Japanese style hotel, with onsen (hot spring bath), located in the mountains south of Anabuki station. There are both regular rooms and pensions (the latter is specifically aimed at groups). For a small fee, the baths can also be used separately from the hotel.
Aburaya Mima-kanphone: +81 883 53 7733address: Anabukicho Anabuki, Ichinoshimo 100−6This hotel offers Western-style and Japanese-style rooms.
Business Hotel Matsukaphone: +81 883-52-1555address: Wakimachi, ōaza-Inoshiri, Aza-Tatejinja, Shimo-Minami 153-1Western-style hotel not far from Anabuki station (some Japanese rooms also available).
Business Hotel Inada-enphone: +81 883-52-3333address: Wakimachi, Haibara 1001-1A Western-style hotel with single and twin rooms.
Blue Villa Anabukiphone: +81 883-55-3777address: Mima, Anabukicho Kuchiyama, Maruyama 1Cottages for 4-6 people (per cottage). Barbeques can be rented, and a restaurant is also available.
Kappō Ryokan Taokaphone: +81 883-53-5919address: Wakimachi, Ōaza-Wakimachi 165A very small ryokan in the Udatsu street area. Includes large and lavish meals. Cash only, reservations only by phone.
Zeniya Ryokanphone: +81 883-52-1366address: Wakimachi Ōaza Wakimachi 170
Komatsu-ya Ryokanphone: +81 883-52-1397address: Wakimachi Ōaza Wakimachi 117-1
phone: +81 883-53-1126address: Wakimachi, Haibara 2020-3
Fujinoya Ryokanphone: +81 883-52-2262address: Wakimachi, Aza-Soemyō 354-3
Mimuragaokaphone: +81 883-52-5650address: Wakimachi, Aza-Higashiōtani 18Open Apr-Dec. Closed the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Koyadaira/Mt. Tsurugi area
Ichinomori mountain cabinphone: +81 883 53 5911 (in season), +81 883 68 2111 (out of season)address: Koyadaira, Aza-Kawakamikake 571About 1.5 km east from the Mt. Tsurugi summit. Opened from April 28 until early November (reservations can be made until November 5).
Mt. Tsurugi summit mountain cabinsphone: +81 88 623 4533address: Koyadaira, Aza-Kawakamikake 570Opened from April 28 until November 23.
Minshuku Matsu'uraphone: +81 883 67 5009Bed & breakfast 100 m from the Minokoshi lift station. Enough room for groups.
Maruishi Parklandphone: +81 883 88 2768 (daytime), +81 883 88 2574 (nighttime)address: 徳島県三好郡東祖谷山村名頃Hotel/campsite next to the Okuiya suspension bridge (奥祖谷二重かずら橋 Okuiya nijū kazura bashi), not far from the Mt. Tsurugi lift. Opened from late April until late November.
phone: +81 883 68 2424address: Koyadaira, Aza-Kawai 270Closed on Mondays. For a small fee, the baths can also be used by people who aren't staying at the hotel.
Heiseisōphone: +81 883 68 3422address: Koyadaira, Aza-Taigōkake 445-1Opened from 4th Saturday of April until 2nd Sunday of November. Closed on Wednesdays.
Mima interchange area
phone: +81 883-55-2002address: Mima-chō, Aza-Sakaime 39-10Campsite, open all year. Also has indoor meeting place and barbeque sites, etc.
Funky Time Wakimachiphone: +81 883-53-1187address: Wakimachi ōaza Inoshiri, Tatejinjashimominami 158-2An internet cafe.
- Check out the tidal whirlpools at Naruto, but confirm the times before you go — they can only be seen at certain times.
- Shopping or sightseeing in Tokushima, about an hour by train from Anabuki station.
- Experience the roots of Japan in the hidden Iya Valley, just south of Mima.
- For white water river rafting head over to Oboke/Koboke
- Enjoy the capital of Ehime prefecture, Matsuyama, and take a dip in the famous Dōgo onsen spa.
- Visit the capital of Kagawa prefecture, which is also the biggest city on Shikoku, Takamatsu, beyond the mountains to the north of Mima.
- Visit the small amusement park (吉野川遊園地 Yoshinogawa yūenchi) between Nishioe and Kamojima stations (about a 10-minute walk east from Nishioe). It has a rollercoaster, go carts and a ferris wheel, among other things. Opened from 9AM-5PM (until 6PM in the summer).