close

Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
Shinetsu
Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Unparalleled marine adventures and spawning sea turtles on a remote and unspoiled coast

Known for its outstanding natural scenery, sea turtle preserve and unspoiled beaches that draw surfers, divers, kayakers and other ocean sports enthusiasts, the Anan Coast on the island of Shikoku is a secluded stretch of paradise.

Don't Miss

  • The stunning coastline views on Cape Kamoda
  • The dramatic Senba Cliffs
  • The surfer's mecca of Kaiyo
  • The sea turtles, which lay their eggs from mid-May to mid-August

How to Get There

The Anan Coast area is best reached by train.

From Tokyo, begin with a ride on the JR Tokaido Shinkansen to Okayama Station, which takes around three and a half hours. From Osaka, riding the JR Tokaido Shinkansen to Okayama Station takes around 45 minutes. From there, ride the JR Uzushio (limited-stop express) train to Tokushima Station, which takes two hours.

The trip from Tokushima Station to Anan Station on the JR Mugi Line takes around 45 minutes. The JR Mugi Line stops at major towns along the way, with its terminus at Mugi. Transfer to the Asato Line to go further south toward Kaiyo.

National parkland by the sea

Just south of Tokushima City, the vast Anan Coast area is part of the Muroto-Anan Coast Quasi-National Park. The Kuroshio or Black Current, which brings warm waters from the Philippines to Japan, has an enormous effect on the ecology of the area, nurturing the coral and vast diversity of sea life along the coast.

Start your journey in Anan

The city of Anan includes the westernmost point of Shikoku, Cape Kamoda, and the small peninsula upon which the cape lies is known for its beautiful scenery. Between late fall and winter, the sun at the cape sometimes takes the unusual shape of a daruma doll as it rises, a phenomenon known as daruma asahi.

Cape Kamoda also has open-air hot springs reputed to be the hottest in the prefecture. You can also enjoy a panoramic view of the sea to Awaji Island from the high ground. Free rental bicycles are also available if you'd like to tour the area.

The Naka River runs through Anan, and upstream of this river are mountain towns, dams and rustic countryside to be explored.

Anan is the headquarters of Nichia Corporation, an electronic materials manufacturer that produced the first blue LEDs. Visitors to Tokushima Prefecture will likely encounter decorations and displays created with Nichia LEDs.

Seaside towns in Kaifu

The Kaifu district is comprised of the three towns of Minami, Mugi, and Kaiyo, and each offers great marine activities and coastal scenery.

Minami is home to the wide, sandy beach known as Ohama where sea turtles come to lay their eggs every year from the middle of May to the middle of August. You can watch the turtles giving birth as long as you follow the instructions and guidance of the Sea Turtle Preservation staff. You can learn more about the ecology of the turtles at the Hiwasa Sea Turtle Museum Caretta, and watch one-meter-long sea turtles swimming in the pool.

You can kayak in the waters just off Ohama.

Senba's spectacular cliffs

The sheer cliffs at Senba rise to a height of about 250 meters and stretch for two kilometers. If you're traveling by car, you can view this coastline from the free sightseeing road called the Minami Awa Sun Line. Alternatively, there is a walking path called “Shikoku-no-michi”—the Road of Shikoku—that follows the ridge along the cliffs.

Surf and dive in the pristine waters of Mugi and Kaiyo

The beaches around the towns of Mugi and Kaiyo have clean ocean waters great for a variety of marine activities. Mugi is a popular diving spot, while Kaiyo boasts several surfing locations, such as the coast of Shishikui, which is known as western Japan's surfers' mecca.

Board a glass-bottomed boat at Takegashima Marine Park for a tour of the coral reefs and close-up views of colorful tropical fish. This is an ideal area for diving, snorkeling and sea kayaking as well.

Keywords

Popular Activities

SEE ALL