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Riding a DMV in Tokushima

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Discover the coast of Shikoku as you ride the world's first DMV (Dual-mode Vehicle)

Tokushima Prefecture



Have you ever heard about the world’s first DMV? Connecting Tokushima and Kochi, it began full operations on Christmas of 2021. 

The DMV (Dual-mode Vehicle) is a vehicle that runs on both roads and railway tracks. It looks like a bus, but when it runs on rails it switches from rubber tires to steel wheels, allowing you to enjoy views of the ocean and surrounding greenery accompanied by the relaxing sound of a train going by. The mode change takes a mere 15 seconds to complete and can be seen at Awa-Kainan Station and Kannoura Station, both popular photo spots. 



Shared bikes are available at each station, so you can also enjoy cycling around and visiting shrines, temples, marine spots, and other tourist locations. Since the line faces the ocean, you can savor fresh fish and other seafood at restaurants near the stations. 
What are you waiting for? Come and enjoy a world-first experience in Tokushima!




How to get there


From Tokushima Awaodori Airport, take the limousine bus to Tokushima Station (approximately 30 minutes ride). Then, take the JR Mugi Line to Awa-Kainan Station. The station can be reached in about 2 hours from Tokushima Station.


Kaiyo-cho,  Kaifu-gun, Tokushima-ken



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