Mount Bizan - Geography


Due to its prominent position in the middle of Tokushima City, Mt. Bizan is widely recognised as one of the classic views of Tokushima City. It is also a well known area for cherry blossom viewing, and offers an almost 360 degree view of the surrounding area from its peak. On a clear day you can even see as far out to Awaji Island and distant Wakayama Prefecture on the shores of mainland Japan. The view at nighttime is equally impressive, and while it is not well known, the top of Mt. Bizan is one of Japan's most beautiful spots for nighttime scenery. The slopes of the mountain are home to several shrines and temples, and the peak is adorned with several tourist facilities, including a Burmese pagoda to honor fallen soldiers from World War II.

Despite earning a certain amount of fame from a national movie of the same name, the famous Wada no Ya store that used to stand at the mountain's peak shifted down to the Awa Odori Kaikan Hall, and even today there is only a single small restaurant on top of the mountain. Since the area had little to offer in the way of tourist facilities, it was removed from many tourist courses and became a point of discussion amongst many of the local radio stations. Today it is widely accepted that while the scenery from Mt. Bizan is very pretty, it is very unfortunate that there is little for people to do there. However, it is expected that the movie may bring the area some added popularity that can be further used to work on the area's reputation.

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