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Tokushima Awaodori Airport

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The new terminal building as seen from outside. Parking is to the left and accessed by a covered walkway while a row of taxis wait in front for the last flight of the day.

This past April 8 saw the opening of the new and improved Tokushima Awaodori Airport, sporting a new terminal building and an extended runway capable of handling jumbo jets. The new terminal building has a wide range of services available, including teller machines for local banks, a convenience store, coin lockers, a nursing room, car rentals (8:00 – 20:00), and wireless internet zones.

One of the main attractions, however, is the shopping and restaurant area on the upper level. In addition to the standard fare of cakes, biscuits and other assorted goods can be found more specialist products such as indigo dyed clothing and accessories, and otani pottery. Those wanting a pre-flight bite also have plenty of options, from the ramen shop Marutaka serving Tokushima Ramen and Tokushima-don to R’s Cafe with its standard cafe menu and the (now) renowned Tokushima Burger.

Another new addition to the airport is a rest area for pilgrims on the first floor of the terminal. Fitted with seats and tables, a variety of magazines and books regarding the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage are available for perusal. There are also some change rooms, and notebooks for those on the temple trail to leave messages and notes for future travellers.

The first floor lobby of the new terminal building. Seen here are a large-screen video display of tourist attractions in Tokushima, indigo-dyed streams of cloth hanging from the ceiling and a colossal artwork depicting a scene from awa odori.

An LED archway leads to the observation deck, cycling through a myriad of different colours.

LED domes in the observation deck on 3F of the airport. The domes change colour and flash in time with music.

Flight Information
Flights to and from Tokushima Airport are available between Tokyo, Nagoya and Fukuoka. The extension of the runway gives hope to the possibility of more exotic destinations to come, but there are no flights that make use of this new capability just yet.

To Tokyo
07:15  →  08:25     JAL1430
09:25  →  10:35     JAL1432
12:20  →  13:30     JAL1434
14:45  →  15:55     JAL1436
17:00  →  18:10     JAL1440
18:40  →  19:50     JAL1442

From Tokyo
07:20  →  08:40 JAL1431
09:45  →  11:00 JAL1433
12:15  →  13:30 JAL1435
15:00  →  16:15 JAL1437
16:30  →  17:45 JAL1439
18:30  →  19:45 JAL1443

To Nagoya
13:00  →  13:50 ANA1816

From Nagoya
11:35  →  12:30 ANA1815

To Fukuoka
10:45  →  12:15 JAC3560
19:30  →  21:00 JAC3568

From Fukuoka
09:05  →  10:15 JAC3561
17:55  →  19:05 JAC3567

Access
The new airport terminal is located on the same site as the old one, but a further two kilometres down the road. The highway bus leaving from Tokushima Station (430 yen) is still available to take passengers from A to B, and drivers need only take the left before the old terminal and make their way around.

Parking
The parking lot at the new terminal building has 726 spaces, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cost is free for times under one hour, 150 yen for each hour thereafter until three hours, and then 600 yen for blocks of time between three hours to 24 hours and each subsequent 24 hours. The price for large vehicles is double.

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Restaurant Reviews in Japan

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Feeling hungry? Looking for a good place to eat but not sure where to go? If so, then look no further than Wan Wan, a new website for restaurant reviews and your best friend for finding that someplace special.

Wan Wan has reviews for restaurants not only in Tokushima, but also in Ehime and Kyoto. Each review is accompanied by a literal swathe of photos and you can search for reviews based on your budget, the type of cuisine, and much more.

Not only that, but you can even add reviews of your own.

Check it out.

Fukurou Ramen

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Fukurou

The storefront to Fukurou.

徳島県鳴門市大津町矢倉字東の越15-17

Tel.
088-684-2960

Hours
11:00-21:00
* Closed on Wednesdays

If you’re looking for a filling meal and a new flavour of ramen,  thenFukurou is the place to be.

Perhaps the most appropriate way to describe the menu of Fukurou is a surprising sense of volume. The standard serving of ramen is much like that found in other stores, but once you leave the safe and normal territory then you’re in for a ride. Just about every other order on the menu is filled with all kinds of meat and vegetables, and I can guarantee you won’t be left wanting at the end of your meal.

Ramen at Fukurou

A bowl of 'genki soba' ramen at Fukurou

What’s more, the menu has a lot of other options in addition to the standard ramen and gyoza fare. For example, in addition to bowls of rice and plates of shumai, you can also order curry rice (although not the kind you may be used to), kimchi and almost any other combination of noodles, rice and common vegetables that you can imagine.

  • Chuka Soba – 530 yen
  • Genki Soba – 680 yen
  • Curry Rice – 380 yen
  • Gyoza – 320 yen
  • Shumai – 260 yen
  • Kimchi – 180 yen

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A look at the inside of the shop.

Store Interior
Located next to one of the main roads running through Matsushige to Naruto City, the shop is easy to find. It has a generous parking space, and like many ramen shops, the interior of the store is very understated, with both table and counter seats available.

Tickets are bought from a machine at the door, and pictures are available for most of the items on the menu so you can work out what to get in advance event if you can’t read Japanese.

California Table

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The front of California Table as you come in from the parking area.

The front of California Table as you come in from the parking area.

Naruto-shi Seto-cho Ooshimada Aza Nakayama 1-1

Tel.
088-688-0212

Hours
* Lunch – 11:00-14:30
* Cafe Time – 14:30 – 17:00
* Dinner – 17:00- LO 21:00 (Fridays and weekends only)

A classy restaurant and cafe with a stunning view over the Seto Inland Sea.

If you have ever wondered exactly how far you’d have to go to find a restaurant making good use of the beautiful scenery Tokushima has to offer, look no further. California Table in Naruto City is a fantastic place with good food, a good view, good service, and good everything else.

As its name might suggest, the main fare of California Table is western style food. The menu has a wide range of common items such as steak, salads, a cheeseburger, pizza, pasta and other items, but they are served with both flair and volume. The prices might be a little off-putting for those looking for a casual lunch, but once the food arrives you won’t be left wondering where your money went.

One of the main attractions on the menu - the cheeseburger and side of chips.

One of the main attractions on the menu - the cheeseburger and side of chips.

  • Cheeseburger – 1,600 yen
  • Herb Rotisserie Chicken – 1,600 yen
  • Grilled Beef Steak – 2,300 yen
  • Caesar Salad – 950 yen
  • All cakes – 600 yen

A variety of drinks, including coffee, fresh juice, wine and more are also available.

Just a small part of the view from the deck area.

Just a small part of the view from the deck area.

Store Interior
One of the main attractions to California Table is the view. The restaurant stands on top of the mountainous ridges by the Seto Inland Sea, and provides a view out over the surrounding area and the bridge from Naruto to Awaji Island. There is an interior seating area and a deck, both very classy, and the view leaves nothing to be desired.

If you’re looking for a place to take that someone special, this is it.

Ramen Soup Nuts

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Your standard bowl of ramen at Soup Nuts.

Your standard bowl of ramen at Soup Nuts.

Tokushima-shi Minami Tamiya-cho 1-5-25

Tel.
088-677-8380

Hours
* 11:30 – 14:30
* 17:30 – 21:00
* Closed on Wednesdays

For a fresh style of ramen with a fish stock base.

Don’t let the name fool you – soup nuts has little to do with normal soup, or nuts. It is in fact a ramen shop just north of Tokushima Station that, unlike many ramen stores in Tokushima, uses a fish stock base to its soup rather than pork or chicken.

While the stock for the soup has a unique taste that might not be for everyone,  the entire menu tastes a new take on the standard ramen fare. The gyouza are served with a special miso sauce instead of standard gyouza sauce, and the menu has a few new additions such as egg with chashuu on rice and other, similar combinations.

A plate of gyouza with miso sauce. More filling than they appear.

A plate of gyouza with miso sauce. More filling than they appear.

And for those who feel that your standard ramen with a side of gyouza is just about right, but be deceived! At first glance the ramen doesn’t seem very big, but once you set out to eating you start to realise how filling it is. The gyouza are also very large, and if anyone ever manages to leave feeling unsatisfied, please send us an email so we can mark the occasion.

Another speciality of the store is “tsuke-men”. Rather than standard ramen where everything is put together in the one bowl of soup, here you are served the soup by itself with a plate of noodles and other ingredients to individually dip in and eat separately.

  • Ramen – 630 yen
  • Tokusei Ramen (large) – 830 yen
  • Tsuke-men – 680 yen
  • Tokusei Tsuke-men – 880 yen
  • Gyouza – 400 yen
  • Onsen Tamago Nose Chashuu-don – 400 yen
The beacon to Soup Nuts - an orange sign poking its head out onto the street.

The beacon to Soup Nuts - an orange sign poking its head out onto the street.

Store Interior
The store itself is very minimalist, and is a lot less like normal ramen shops and more like a trendy cafe. The seats are hollow stools with room inside them to put bags and other items you might bring with you, and the counter and walls are very bare. It all comes together to give the place a very open atmosphere, but those looking for a homely ramen shop with fifty years of random paraphernalia tacked to the walls might feel a little disappointed.

Café Chagall

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the cafe

The store front next to the shrine.

Author: Miree

Tokushima-shi Toori-machi 2-15

Tel.
088-622-1378

What happens if you wander around the city with your parents and it is four in the afternoon? Well, your father may ask you where he can get a coffee and cake like he is used to in his home country. And as you walk through small streets heading for the station, because you know three coffee shops near them, your father suddenly stops and points his finger to a small Cafe, which you have passed a million times but never seen.

The store is filled with wooden chairs and furnishings, giving it a very homely atmosphere.

The store is filled with wooden chairs and furnishings, giving it a very homely atmosphere.

The outside is really simple and almost invisible, but when you step inside it is a lovely, warm but small place. Wood everywhere, nice paintings on the wall and a mini garden in the middle. As you sit down, a friendly lady approaches you with the menu and the bait is the cake set.

For 700 yen you get one coffee, and what else? Right, a piece of cake! Chocolate or cheese cake or others. They are not handmade but delicious enough. The coffee is quite good. I had Wiener coffee, which makes the cake set a 750 yen price. We sat next to the garden. Or should I say window to an outside world. A few cats were in this small place and it was an open place but no connection to the inside. Hard to describe. I want to go again and see it at rainy times.

The interior is as described, woody and looks old but comforting. Its clean and has a nice atmosphere, like your grand parents garden house. The pictures on the wall are changed by the owner by season and are inspired by the works of Chagall. The lady said, she likes Chagall so much that she named her Cafe after him.

Standard Coffee is 400 Yen, special selection going up 450 Yen.

They serve breakfast as well.

Just a 7 minute walk from the station and next to the Kotoshironushi Shrine.

Natura Gelato

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The storefront and deck area by the river.

The storefront and deck area by the river.

Itano-gun Kitajima-cho Nakamura Aza Eguchi 1-8

Tel.
088-698-2203

Open Hours
11:00-20:00 (weekdays)
10:00-20:00 (weekends and public holidays)
* The store may close early if stocks of gelato run out

A quiet, riverside gelato store and cafe using fresh milk and hand-picked fruit.

Natura, found by the banks of the Kyu Yoshino River in Kitajima-cho, is a gelato store also serving coffee and sweets and with a focus on using natural ingredients. The milk for the gelato is brought in daily from highlands in Okayama, and all fruit and other ingredients are hand-picked. Even the coffee beans used in coffee served at the store are brought in from Toyotomi Coffee in the City.

  • Gelato single – 315 yen (one flavour) / double 367 yen (two flavours) – cookies and cream, cocoa and cream, fresh chocolate, royal milk tea, rich caramel, maccha, etc.
  • Gelato takeaway – 1,260 yen (500 cc, two flavours) / 2,205 yen (1,000 cc, two flavours)
  • Handmade peach juice 540 yen
  • Red Shiso Juice 357 yen
  • Caramel / Vanila Cafe Late 504 yen

The menu also includes a variety of other coffee, cakes and desserts.

The view out over the Kyu Yoshino River from the outdoors seating for Natura.

The view out over the Kyu Yoshino River from the outdoors seating for Natura.

Store Interior
While the menu leaves little to be desired, one of Natura’s main attractions is its riverside location. The store sits right next to the Kyu Yoshino River, and while the parking area sits right next to a main roadway the store itself is quiet and peaceful. Inside, customers have a wide view through large windows out onto the river, and there is even a small landing area and outside deck for those who want to enjoy the outdoors during the warmer months of the year.