Mt. Bizan is known as the symbol of Tokushima city, and deservedly so. Including cherry blossoms in the spring and autumn foliage, it’s enjoyed by locals all year-round.
Rising 290m above sea level, the mountain gets its name from the fact that its gentle ridge-line looks like an eyebrow from whatever angle it is viewed.
As well as being known as one of the most scenic spots in Shikoku in its own right, on cloudless days, it offers views towards the Sanuki mountains, the Seto Inland Sea and the Kii Channel.
Let’s make our way up this mountain that offers amazing panoramic views both in the daytime and at night!
I recommend taking the ropeway. Bizan Ropeway Sanroku Station is on the 5th floor of the Awa Odori Kaikan, a facility popular with both locals and tourists to enjoy watching Tokushima’s prided Awa odori dance year-round.
After boarding a gondola, it’s a mere 6-minute ride to the mountaintop.
The ride is slow, so you enjoy views of the Tokushima cityscape. In spring, you have the cherry blossoms surrounding the city in full bloom right before your eyes!
In almost no time, we reach the mountaintop Bizan Sancho station.
Here, you’ll find an observation deck from where, on clear days, along with the mountains of the Kii Peninsula, and the Great Naruto Bridge connecting Awaji Island with the city of Naruto, you may also be able to see all the way to the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.
One of the three greatest rivers in Japan, Yoshino River, which is also known Shikoku Saburo, is crisscrossed by numerous bridges.
Forget the hustle and bustle of city life for a moment, and admire the view of the majestic Yoshino River as it flows through the cityscape stretching out before your eyes.
No.1 in Shikoku and among the top 100 in Japan, Mt. Bizan offers great night views. As you can see from the photo above, it’s quite different to the daytime.
A lovely way to enjoy it is to climb to the mountaintop before sundown and take your time admiring the slowly changing spectacle as sunset gives way to the evening vista.
Located at the observation deck near the mountaintop station, the object wrapping its surroundings in magical LED light is the Mayugegyo (‘Eyebrow kaleidoscope’).
Containing around 4,100 glistening LED lamps, beneath the monument there is a hole with a diameter of roughly 1-meter. Do take a peep inside while enjoying the night view.
Fune no Okimi, a poet whose work appears in the Manyoshu (Ten Thousand Leaves) tanka poem collection, wrote thus of Mt. Bizan: ”There are no moorings for the boat paddling towards the distant eyebrow-shaped Awa mountain”. Even today the mountain remains the same, an oasis for the hearts of Tokushima citizens.
Do come and enjoy a walk in the skies on a ropeway with views over the whole of Tokushima city.
Location: Inside Awa Odori Kaikan, 2-20 Shinmachibashi, Tokushima city
Open: April thru October 9:00-21:00, November thru March 9:00-17:30
*August 12~15, open 9:00-22:00
Fares: Adults one-way JPY610 (Round trip JPY1020), Children one-way JPY300 (Round trip JPY510)
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