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Bizan Ropeway Discounts

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Good news for fans of Mt. Bizan or those looking for a cheap way to climb the mountain with family and friends. The Bizan ropeway is offering discounted tickets at 500 yen for adults for a round trip. In other words, a full 50% off the normal price!

But how?

This deal is for customers of Sogo, Amico, and the Tokyu Inn. If you make a purchase at either Amico or Sogo, or stay at the Tokyu Inn, take your receipt to the information counter on 1F for Amico, 2F for Sogo, or the front desk of the Tokyu Inn and you can get your ticket there.

That’s all there is to it, so happy shopping, and happy climbing!


Tokushima TV Spot

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For those interested, there will be a short spot on TV focusing on a tourist locale in Tokushima. The show is Good Morning – Live Travel Info (朝だ!生です旅サラダ) and will be showing from 8:00 am this Saturday, March 13, on ABC. Stay tuned!

English Tourist Guides for Tokushima’s West

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A translation of an article in the February 13 Tokushima Newspaper:

Four local government bodies in Tokushima’s west came together to create a guidebook and tourist map in English to help entice foreign visitors to the region. The map and guidebook, designed for use by overseas tourists, introduce local accommodation and tourist spots and are available for free.

The tourist map is A3 sized and covers the Miyoshi, Mima, Higashi Miyoshi and Tsurugi regions, showing the location of accommodation and tourist spots in the area, and an overview of the areas on the reverse side.  It was created in line with the region’s selection as part of 16 locations in Japan to take part in the Japan Tourism Agency’s Winter Visit Japan Year 2010 Campaign.

The guidebook was made by the Let’s Visit Oboke/Iya Association that is comprised of five hot spring hotels in the Miyoshi City Oboke and Iya Valley areas. It is a 12 page A5 booklet that introduces tourist areas and accommodation, as well as places to eat.

Editing of the two resources was handled by was the foreign staff  in charge of running the 300 year old Iya farmhouse Chiiori, who also introduce information based on questions commonly received from tourists such as the location of ATMs, internet access points and English speaking facilities.

The map is available online in PDF format thanks to the prefectural government. Links to the map on the prefectural homepage are as below:

Map Front

Map Back

Association of Foreign Wives of Japanese

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The Association of Foreign Wives of Japanese is having a New Members’ Special Offer!

Join now to be a member from September 2009 to the end of the calendar year 2010 for ¥8000.

You will receive the AFWJ Journal every two months, be eligible to join our members-only e-groups, and have to opportunity to attend annual convention weekends!  Recent events in Shikoku have included “The Tacky Tourist Round-Up” in Matsuyama; A Potluck Lunch and Egg Roll at Kagawa’s Sanuki Mannou Park; cherry blossom viewing at Matsuyama Castle; The Driving and Safety Remedial Course for Foreign Residents; as well as regular coffees and lunches in which we often exchange information, sometimes commiserate, and always laugh.

For more information, go to or contact AFWJ’s Shikoku Rep. at

Typhoon No. 9 Etau

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Flooding in Tokushima City

Water levels on the rise in Tokushima City (8:36)

Last Update: 11:00am, August 11

Typhoon No. 9, Etau is currently 110 km west of Hachijojima Island and is moving East at a speed of approximately 25km/h on a path that will take it further along the east coast of Japan later today.

This typhoon is expected to have no further affect on Tokushima Prefecture or Shikoku.

If you have a photo of flooding or rain in your part of the prefecture then post a link to it here in the comments section below!

Swine Flu Confirmed in Tokushima

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A message from the Tokushima Prefectural Government. The original message can be found here.

On Tuesday, June 2, a women recently returned from a stay in the US was confirmed by the Tokushima Health Care Centre as being infected by the swine flu.

However, due to following instructions from the prefecture on the correct behaviour after returning from a trip abroad, the patient has had little contact with other people since their return, and there is little possibility of the infection spreading.

Accordingly, Tokushima Prefectural Government has released the following statement:

1. After graduating from university in New York City in the US, the patient returned to Japan and then Tokushima. Shortly afterwards, the patient contacted the Swine Flu Hotline, and has been reported as having little close contact with other people since. Therefore, there is NO current need for the temporary suspension of schools, kindergartens, facilities for the elderly and other facilities.

2. There is no need for any public facilities to be closed at current, and no events need to be cancelled as a result of the confirmation of infection.

Tokushima Prefecture & Swine Flu

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A notice from the Tokushima Prefecture Risk Management Office regarding precautions to prevent an outbreak of swine flu in the prefecture.

1. Act calmly.
Ensure you have access to correct information and act according to this.

2. Gargling, Washing Hands, and Masks
Wash your hands and gargle after going inside a building and avoid large crowds whenever possible. Persons displaying symptoms such as a fever, coughing or sneezing should wear a mask at all times.

3. If You Feel Ill
The Tokushima Prefectural Government has established an Influenza Guidance Hotline. If you have symptoms such as fever, fatigue, loss of appetite or coughing within seven days of visiting a region where the flu infection had been confirmed, please contact the Influenza Guidance Hotline directly without visiting a medical institution.

Influenza Hotlines

Health Promotions Department
Infectious Symptoms and Illnesses Office
Open 24 hours.

Tel. 088-621-2228
Fax. 088-621-2841

Healthcare Centres
Open from 9:00am – 5:00pm

East District – 088-602-8907
Yoshinogawa – 0883-24-1114
South District – 0884-28-9867
Minami – 0884-74-7343
West District – 0883-52-1017
Miyoshi – 0883-72-1122

Furthermore, if you have any queries about the influenza, then don’t hesitate to call the line below.

Swine Influenza Enquiries Line
Tel. 0120-960-005 (Free dial)
Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm