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Awa Odori Kaikan Review

If you miss summer's Awa Odori Festival, you can still get a dose at this museum and theater. Odori means "dance," and at the Kaikan silk-robed professionals perform the famous local step nightly. But shine your shoes: when the troupe leader starts talking to the audience, he's looking for volunteers. Everyone will be thrilled to see you try, so stand up! Thankfully, it's an easy dance. You might get a prize for participating, and one special award goes to the biggest fool on the floor—this honor is a staple of the festival, and it's not always the foreigners who win. The best show is at 8 pm. Arrive early and browse the gift shop or treat yourself to a ropeway ride up the mountain for a lovely view of the city. The third floor of the building is a museum dedicated to the Awa Odori Festival.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 20 Shin-machi-bashi, 2-chome, Tokushima, 770-0904
  • Phone: 088/611–1611
  • Cost: Museum ¥300, afternoon dance ¥500, evening dance ¥700
  • Hours: Museum daily 9–5. Performances weekdays at 2, 3, 4, and 8, weekends at 11, 2, 3, 4, and 8 pm
  • Location: Tokushima
Updated: 09-20-2013

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