Location of Tsurugi in Tokushima Prefecture
|• Total||194.8 km2 (75.2 sq mi)|
|Population (March 1, 2005)|
|• Density||60/km2 (160/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Website||Town of Tsurugi|
The area is 194.8 km² and the registered population, as of March 1, 2005, was 11,722.
Tsurugi is located in the northwestern part of Tokushima Prefecture. The Yoshino River, Shikoku's second-longest, forms the northern border of Tsurugi. Two tributaries, the Sadamitsu River and the Handa River, form the town's two main valleys. Sadamitsu and Handa are located at the mouths of these two rivers, while Ichiu is located further up the Sadamitsu river. Most of the town's area is covered by steep mountains. Tsurugi is bordered by Mima to the north and east, Higashimiyoshi to the west, and Miyoshi to the south.
- Sadamitsu Technical High School
Junior high schools
- Sadamitsu JHS
- Handa JHS
- Ichiu JHS (closed 2010)
- Sadamitsu Elementary
- Ota Elementary (Sadamitsu)
- Handa Elementary
- Yachiyo Elementary (Handa)
- Komi Elementary (Ichiu)
- Sadamitsu's main street is lined with Edo-era merchants' houses featuring udatsu, an architectural feature that both prevented the spread of fires between buildings and served as a decorative symbol of the merchant's wealth and status.
- Narutaki is a waterfall at the southern edge of Sadamitsu. Its upper falls is approximately 40 meters tall, and is followed by two smaller cascades of 25 and 20 meters.
- Handa is famous for its somen noodles. "Handa Somen" has been a special product of the area for over 250 years, and several somen makers still operate today.
- Ishido-yama (1636 m) and Yahazu-yama (1848 m), although located in Ichiu, are easily accessed via a trailhead at Oso Ishido Jinja, in Handa. Yahazu-yama provides panoramic views of the Iya Valley and prominent mountains such as Mount Tsurugi, Jirogyu, and Miune.
- Ichiu is known as "The Land of Giant Trees," and is home to a number of large, old trees. "Akabane Taishi no Enoki" is the oldest hackberry tree in Japan at an estimated 800 years old; it has a circumference of 8.7 meters. Ichiu is also home to Shikoku's oldest horse chestnut and Japanese red pine.
- Dogama is a series of pools, rapids and waterfalls formed as the Sadamitsu river flows through a slot canyon. It is notable for the deep blue-green color of its water.
Media related to Tsurugi, Tokushima at Wikimedia Commons
- Tsurugi official website (Japanese)