In this article, I would like to recommend the top 5 tourist spots on Awaji Island.
This is a list of the best places to eat, play, see, and buy things on Awaji Island!
There is so much to see and do on Awaji Island that you will not be able to visit all of them in one day.
Table of Contents
- Awaji Island Tourist Spot Ranking No. 1: Nijigen no Mori
- Awaji Island Tourist Spot Ranking No. 2: Nojima Scuola
- Awaji Island Tourist Spot Ranking No. 3: Hyogo Prefectural Park Awaji Hanasajiki
- Awaji Island Tourist Spot Rankings No. 4: Craft Circus
- Awaji Island Tourist Spot Ranking No.5: SEIKAIHA
- Naminoritei, A Theater for Enjoying Culture and The Arts
Awaji Island Tourist Spot Ranking No. 1: Nijigen no Mori
The No. 1 tourist spot on Awaji Island is Nijigen no Mori.
This is a new type of anime park where you can experience two-dimensional content with all five senses.
You can enjoy Japan’s popular anime content to the fullest.
The Reopened Dragon Quest Island
I particularly recommends “Dragon Quest Island,” a field RPG attraction at Nijigen no Mori that blends the real and digital worlds of “Dragon Quest”.
In the spring of 2023, “Dragon Quest Island” reopened as a new series, “Inishie no Majin to Michibikareshi Bokenshatachi” (“The Ancient Genie and the Guided Adventurers”).
This new series is based on the motif of the Sky Series and offers an original story that can only be experienced at Nijigen no Mori.
New products such as original goods and food that can only be purchased at Nijigen no Mori are also available, making it a sightseeing spot that can be enjoyed by Dragon Quest fans and visitors of all ages.
This is a must-visit sightseeing spot on Awaji Island.
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|Park Name||NIJIGEN NO MORI|
|Address||2425-2 Kusumoto, Awaji City, Hyogo Pref. 656-2301|
*Each attraction has a different last reception time and closing time.
Awaji Island Tourist Spot Ranking No. 2: Nojima Scuola
No. 2 on the Awaji Island tourist spot ranking is Nojima Scuola.
Nojima Scuola is a commercial complex renovated from a closed elementary school in Nojima, Awaji Island. It includes a restaurant, a cafe, a market, a bakery, and a zoo.
Nojima Zoo Where You Can Meet Cute Animals
A particularly popular tourist attraction in Nojima Scuola is the Nojima Zoo.
Alpacas with their fluffy fur are the idols of the zoo, and new rabbits will join the zoo in the spring of 2023. The zoo will become even busier and busier in the spring of 2023, and is one of my favorite places to visit. Nojima Scuola, where you can enjoy delicious meals at a cafe and restaurant and interact with cute animals, is definitely No. 2 on my list of recommended sightseeing spots on Awaji Island.
|Adress||843 Nojimahikinoura, Awaji City, Hyogo Pref. 656-1721|
|Reservations||2F Ristorante Scuola
|Operation Hours||1F Marché /Bakery: Weekdays 10:30~19:00
Sat., Sun., & Public Holidays 10:00~19:00
1F Café Scuola: Weekdays Lunch 11:00~14:00/ café 14:00~18:00
Sat., Sun., & Public Holidays breakfast 10:00~11:00
2F Ristorante Scuola: 11:30~15:30 (in by 14:00) / 18:00~21:30 (in by 19:30)
Outdoor Zoo: Weekdays 11:00~16:00
Sat., Sun. & Public Holidays 10:00~16:00 (13:00~14:00 animals in recess)
Closed: Wednesdays (Open on Public Holidays)
Awaji Island Tourist Spot Ranking No. 3: Hyogo Prefectural Park Awaji Hanasajiki
The third on the Awaji Island tourist spot ranking is Hyogo Prefectural Park Awaji Hanasajiki.
The vast grounds are filled with blooming flowers, and visitors can enjoy the seasonal flowers throughout the year. It is one of the most photogenic tourist spots on Awaji Island with its beautiful blue sky, blue sea, and blooming flowers, as it is located on a hill.
About 1 million Rape Blossoms at Their Best
The “Rape Blossom Festival” is scheduled to be held until late April 2023.
A total of about 1 million rape blossoms, from early bloomers to late bloomers, will be at their best, creating a beautiful contrast between the blue sea and sky of Awaji Island and the yellow rape blossoms.
Dogs are allowed in the flower garden, so it is recommended for visitors with four-legged family members. Awaji Hanasajiki, where you can fully enjoy the beautiful flowers blooming in a vast area, is No. 3 on my list of recommended sightseeing spots on Awaji Island.
Awaji Island Tourist Spot Rankings No. 4: Craft Circus
The fourth place in the Awaji Island tourist spot ranking is CRAFT CIRCUS.
CRAFT CIRCUS is a complex facility with restaurants, a market, a store, and many photo-op spots.
The terrace boasts an ocean view, offering a panoramic view of the beautiful sea of Awaji Island.
It is a stylish facility reminiscent of an overseas resort.
Awaji Island Craft Kitchen Is Dog-Friendly
Awaji Island Craft Kitchen is especially recommended at Craft Circus.
You can enjoy Craft Circus’ famous 40cm diameter pizza made with Awaji Island’s best ingredients and a gorgeous paella topped with seafood.
Additionally, terrace seating is available with dogs, and there is a full menu for dogs. You can spend a relaxing time on the open terrace seating.
Craft Circus, where you can eat, play, and spend time with your dog, is No. 4 on my list of recommended sightseeing spots on Awaji Island.
|Address||2-2 Nojima-Hirabayashi, Awaji City, Hyogo Pref. 656-1724|
|Access||15 minutes by car from Awaji IC on Awaji-Kobe-Naruto Expressway. 10 minutes by car from Iwaya Port (Jenova Line Ferry).|
|Business Hours||Weekdays: 10:30-20:30 (last order 19:30)
Weekends/Holidays: 9:30-20:30 (last order 19:30)
|Closed||Thursdays (excluding national holidays)|
Awaji Island Tourist Spot Ranking No.5: SEIKAIHA
The fifth on the Awaji Island tourist spot ranking list is SEIKAIHA.
SEIKAIHA is a complex of four facilities: the Japanese restaurant “Aonoya,” the Western restaurant “Uminoya,” the store and bar “Koshunoya,” and the theater “Naminottei”.
Visitors can enjoy an atmosphere that is different from other facilities in terms of food, culture, and the arts.
Naminoritei, A Theater for Enjoying Culture and The Arts
The “Namiaritei” theater is especially recommended in SEIKAIHA. It offers original story plays, music concerts, and more.
Seikaiha, where you can experience delicious food and culture, is No. 5 on my list of recommended sightseeing spots on Awaji Island.
|Address||70 Nojima-okawa, Awaji City, Hyogo Pref. 656-1723|
|Access||10 minutes by car from Awaji IC on Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway. 15 minutes by car from Hokudan IC.|
In this article, I have introduced the Awaji Island sightseeing spot ranking of the Top 5 that I personally recommend. All of them are filled with the charms of Awaji Island.
There is so much to see and do on Awaji Island that you cannot visit all of them in a single day, so please visit Awaji Island again and again.