Naruto Uzushio Cruising

Watch the famous Naruto whirlpools from a ship

By Naoko Takeuchi    - 1 min read

Naruto Strait is located between Awaji Island of Hyogo Prefecture and Naruto city of Tokushima Prefecture. When you come to Tokushima from Kansai by bus or car, you will cross the Ohnaruto Bridge over this strait.

Naruto Whirlpools (Naruto Uzushio) are caused by two tides colliding in this narrow strait (1.3km). At its best season, the diameter of the largest whirlpools is over 20m. On an Uzushio cruising ship, we can see closely these dynamic whirlpools coming and going with a roar. The best viewing chance comes one hour before and after spring tide. Please check the tide calendar before you choose a cruise time.

There is another option if you get seasick easily. The Naruto Whirlpools can also be seen from the Ohnaruto Bridge Promenade (Uzu-no-Michi) or the Tea Garden Observatory (Ochaen-Tenbodai).

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Naoko Takeuchi

Naoko Takeuchi @naoko.takeuchi

I was born in Oita prefecture, Kyushu, and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, Shikoku. My sister gave me my first camera and I have been taking pictures since then. Photographs have the power to tell stories, remind us of precious experiences, and motivate people to act. That’s why I love photography. Now, I’m living in Tokushima prefecture and would like to introduce the wonderful culture of Tokushima through all of my photographs.