Naruto Area

Tokushima, Shikoku

The whirlpools of the Naruto Strait located on the northeastern tip. Enjoy the whirlpools up close on a boat or by walking right above it.

Naruto City is located in the northeastern part of Tokushima and looks out onto the Naruto Strait, which is famous for their whirlpools. Naruto is the gateway to Shikoku as it connects Tokushima to Awaji Island and to the main land via the Onaruto Bridge and the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

The biggest attraction in Naruto is the whirlpools in the Naruto Strait. The phenomenon occurs when opposing currents from the Seto Inland Sea and the Kii Channel meet in the Naruto Strait. This leads to a water level difference of as much as 1.5 meters and this is due to the ebb and flow of the tide. During spring tides, especially in spring and fall, huge whirlpools with currents moving up to 20 kilometers an hour and ones exceeding 20 meters in diameters are generated. You can view these roaring whirlpools and surging currents from the whirlpool sightseeing boats, from the Senjojiki observatory ,from the observation deck located on the top of the Eska Hill Naruto, or from the Uzu no Michi whirlpool viewing pathway.

From the Uzu no Michi (Pathway to the Whirlpools), which opened in April 2000, you can view the dynamic swirls from directly above. The walkway is 450 meters long and is built right underneath the Onaruto Bridge. Suspended 45 meters above the sea, from this walkway you can enjoy a spectacular view of the whirlpools from the glass viewing panels in the floor. The best time to see the whirlpools is during either low tide or high tide. You can find a tide schedule for the best times to see the whirlpools at a tourist information office.


From Tokyo:
[Air] 1h 15 min from Haneda to Tokushima Airport, and 30 min by bus from the airport to Tokushima Station. 40 min from Tokushima to Naruto Station by JR Naruto Line.

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