Dance Like No-One’s Watching in Historic Tokushima

Take part in one of Japan’s most famous traditional dance events

Every year, from August 12-15, beating drums, stomping geta clogs and high-spirited calls of “Yattosa!” and “Yatto yatto!” bring the city of Tokushima alive.

Synonymous with summer, nationwide festivals feature this traditional dance, but it all started here, over four centuries ago. This makes it one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the country, drawing more than a million people.

Enjoy parading dancers, with an electric atmosphere and infectious energy. Move to the beat and if you’re lucky enough, try the fun first-hand in one of the groups open to non-professionals.

The Awa Odori Kaikan offers daily performances, with further insights into the dance at the Awa Dance Museum inside.