Shikoku Sights

Awa Odori Kaikan

  • 20 Shin-machi-bashi Map It
  • Tokushima

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

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. 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 city view. The third floor of the building is a small museum dedicated to the Awa Odori Festival.

Sight Information


20 Shin-machi-bashi, 2-chome, Tokushima, 770-0904, Japan

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Sight Details:

  • 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

Published 12/10/2015


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