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Tokushima Prefecture can be found by travelling towards the Eastern side of Shikoku. It shares borders with Kagawa Prefecture and Ehime Prefecture. It is known to be a mountainous area, as it also shares the famous Sanuki Mountains with Kagawa Prefecture. Most Buddhists that take part in the Shikoku Pilgrimage start in Tokushima Prefecture, although some see it as lucky to visit all of the temples backwards.

Due to the traditional Shikoku Pilgrimage starting in Tokushima Prefecture, it is visited by a large number of travellers throughout the year. People usually take part in the journey for religious purposes, although a lot of tourists do it for the experience.

There is a phenomenon that occurs in Tokushima Prefecture that could be considered to be the best phenomenon in the country for tourists to see. It occurs along the Shikoku coast, where the Naruto Strait is. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as the Naruto Whirlpools, and it happens due to the large amounts of water that move between the sea and the ocean as the tide changes. Local companies run a number of sightseeing companies so that you can get right up close to the whirlpools, which usually occur every six hours.

You can also find Ryozenji Temple nestled away in Tokushima Prefecture, near Koyasan. It is known to be the headquarters of Shingon Buddhism, which is one of the major schools of Buddhism in the country. This makes it the perfect place for the Shikoku Pilgrimage to both start and end.


So, if you would like to see the Shikoku Pilgrimage with your own eyes, then you should head straight to Tokushima Prefecture. You could even take an internal flight direct to Tokushima Airport, to save yourself the hassle of attempting to get there by other means of transportation.

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