Tokushima prefecture is in the eastern part of Shikoku. Its capital is Tokushima city. The climate is mild with lots of rain in summer and fall, but little snow or rain in winter. The topology is mountainous since Shikoku is one of the steepest mountain districts in Japan. Rivers with rich water including Yoshino-gawa river, Katsuura-gawa river, and Naka-gaw
a river flow out of these mountains. Especially, vegetables such as cauliflower, corn, and lettuce are grown in quantity along the Yoshino-gawa river. Naruto city, adjacent to Tokushima, is famous for the Naruto Channel known for its Naruto whirlpool. The whirlpool is generated by currents flowing at different speeds. Its maximum diameter reaches 30 meters and is said to be one of the largest whirlpools in the world. Onaruto Bridge over the channel connects Naruto city and the Awaji Island that belongs to Hyogo prefecture. Tokushima is also known for its awaodori held annually in August. It is said to be one of the three famous dances in Japan, and men and women parade through the city to its duple meter tempo. Over 1.3 million observers are said to come. Iya, Oboke, and Koboke areas are famous sightseeing spots with beautiful natural sceneries. In Iya, precipitous cliffs created by the Iya-gawa river that flows out of Mt. Tsurugi, one of the 100 famous Japanese mountains, continue along the river. The area is particularly beautiful in early summer and during fall’s red leaf seasons, and one million tourists visit this area during the latter season’s festive foliage. Oboke and Koboke are gorges in the middle basin of the Yoshino-gawa river. The gorges of schist rock created by water erosion continues for approximately 8 kilometers, making the visitors feel as though they are looking at marble sculptures. As local specialty products of Tokushima, fruit like yuzu and sudachi, and wakame seaweed that grow thick under the currents of Naruto are popular.
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