Fodor's Expert Review Awa Odori Kaikan

Tokushima Museum/Gallery

If you miss summer's Awa Odori dance, festival you can still get a dose at this museum and theater. Odori means "dance," and silk-robed professionals perform the famous local step here nightly. But shine your shoes: when the troupe leader starts talking to the audience, he's looking for volunteers. 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 city view. The third floor of the building is a small museum dedicated to the Awa Odori Festival.

Museum/Gallery Arts/Performance Venue

Quick Facts

20 Shin-machi-bashi
Tokushima, Tokushima-ken  770-0904, Japan


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Museum ¥300, afternoon dance ¥600, evening dance ¥800, Museum daily 9–5. Performances weekdays at 2, 3, 4, and 8, weekends at 11, 2, 3, 4, and 8 pm. Closed 2nd Wed. in Oct., Feb., and June. Closed Aug. 11–15, Museum ¥300, afternoon dance ¥800, evening dance ¥1,000



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