Naruto Whirling Waves
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sudeep912
bangalore401 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Uzu-Michi Naruto whirlpool is an excellent site to visit. the bridge is a marvel. Glass panels set on the observation allows us to have a look at one of the worlds largest whirlpools. must see
Written 16 April 2023
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linnman
Singapore, Singapore301 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We made a trip from Osaka to Naruto to view the whirlpools. It was worth the 4 hour journey by train to Tokushima and then by bus to Naruto. We took the bus from the brown building outside the station and the 20 minute ride cost JPY340.

We alighted at the pier operated by Uzushio Kankosen and booked ourselves a place on the larger boat "Wonder Naruto". We paid a little extra for the upper deck as it provided a better view of the waters from higher up and it was relatively empty compared to the crowded lower deck. The sight of the swirling waters ringed by perfectly calm waters was simply amazing.

Before making the trip to Naruto, do check the Uzushio website to get an indication when the whirlpools would be strongest. On that day we visited, it was 4pm so we left Osaka later than originally planned. We did not plan on visiting Naruto Park or climb onto the Onaruto Bridge where there is an observatory above the whirlpools. Also, you would need to wait for the bus to bring you there unless you have lots of time to wait or walk. They are not that near.
Written 7 November 2019
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KEG
Osaka Prefecture, Japan212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Family
I boarded a watching tide ship. There are big ships and small ships. I heared from my friend that small ship is more powerful, so I boarded a small ship. Theare is an indoor room at front side of a ship and rear side is a deck. I recomend a rear deck. You will take a large quantity of spray there.
The scenery of "Uzushio" from far spot was good, but was satisfied with force to watch close!

観潮船に乗りました。観潮船には大型のものと小型のものが運航していて、「小型の方が迫力あるよ」と友人に聞いたので小型のものに乗りました。船の前方は屋内の部屋、後方はデッキで水しぶきを浴びます。後方から観る方が楽しいです。離れて観る渦潮も良い景色ですが、間近で観る迫力に満足しました!
Written 18 October 2019
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BendigoVic
Victoria, Australia1,822 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We did this activity on our tour of Japan and it was such amazing experience.
Our cruise boat was larger than expected but we managed to get a really good position thanks to a lovely Japanese lady that was kind enough to let us in as the boat was full of eager people wanting to see this fascinating phenomenon in the Naruto Straits. The whirlpools are the product of the inland sea connecting with the Pacific Ocean which then causes the whirlpool, they can measure up to 20 metres in diameters.
It was one of the most interesting hour we spent on our journey through Japan.
Written 25 September 2019
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hinau
Auckland, New Zealand476 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
It was really quite difficult to access. We had to get a bus from the Tokoshima station, it was very very tightly packed by the time we picked up a large group from the next station. The trip takes over an hour and diverts all over the place. When we arrived, there was not easy signage to access the bridge. Once there, however, plenty of signage and interpretation and English speaking staff.
Written 19 September 2019
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HL L
Singapore, Singapore187 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
We drove a couple of hours to Naruto to experience the natural whirlpools. It was a pretty pleasant drive and we also did a stop over and took some pictures of the scenery. We opted for the more expensive ride which allows us to see the whirlpool underwater. That was totally not worth it as it just looked like the inside of a washing machine. To look at it from the surface allows you to clearly see the currents. Still, it was all good fun to see the natural phenomenon and enjoy the sights along the way. Not sure if it is worth coming all the way via public transport if you are too far away from Naruto.
Written 19 August 2019
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Hyppe
Singapore109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We took the boat to see the whirlpool. The whole cruise was about 1 hour. We went at the best recommend times according to the whirlpool website. August is not the best month but I saw the amazing whirlpools. The cruise will spend about 10-15 minutes around the whirlpools. The whirlpool currents were quite strong and sometimes the board will tilt to one side. I had a great time on this cruise. Worth the time and money.
Written 17 August 2019
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Craig R
Yarrawonga, Australia2,031 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
There are two best times to see the whirlpools, around 10.30am and about 4pm.
We got there for the 10.30am cruise. Just a short 10 minute cruise to the whirlpools, they are very interesting they occur under the bridge where the currents from the Japan Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet.

The cruise takes you right into the whirlpools and it is strange to see the water so calm either side of the whirlpools.
Written 1 June 2019
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namabeer
Toronto, Canada448 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
They will tell you went best time to see. For us in March they said 4pm is best. Wasn't best season but oh well. Boarded boat - quick 15 min to under bridge where you can see the wave form mini whirlpools. It was ok but nothing exciting. Prob where tides collide between the sea and other currents. It was ok for 5 min watch but then you just look away and admire other scenery around. Ride back was fast. Think i was more intriged by the numerous jelly fish in the water or by the docks. They were cool with really long tentacle that look like they can put a nasty sting.

The waiting room sells some souvenirs of - lemon or onion flavored things. Washrooms are clean but overall this took less than an hr to see.

Maid of the Mist in Niagara gave you more thrills than this.

Note there are a few companies/boats doing this tour. We went with the more popular one under the bridge.
Written 4 April 2019
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Lim Kah Chuan
Singapore, Singapore495 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
We were driving to Kochi and decided to have a quick stop at Naruto Park. After following the GPS most of the way, we just relied on road signs. Parking was expensive 500¥ considering we just want a short stop.

There is a path going to the bridge and observatory. We decided to head up the latter. There are other hiking trails. The observatory gave us a good view of the bridge.

You can buy some local shochu from the gift shop.
Written 9 February 2019
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