The Great Naruto Whirlpools

Nature's titanic washing machine born in Tokushima!

By Masayoshi Hirose    - 1 min read

This was my second visit to the Naruto Great Whirlpools. When I visited the first time, as I didn't have any knowledge about the whirlpools here, I couldn't witness the dynamic whirlpool. But this time...I DID!!

These whirlpools are created by the tide moving and removing the large amount of water in and out to and from the Pacific Ocean and the Seto Inland Sea. This time I learned what the best time to see the biggest whirlpool here is. That's when the speed of the current is at its fastest at spring tide. Naturally, if you'd like to know the exact best time, you'll need to check a tidal level chart, which can be referred to easily at this Web site!

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.  

Original by Masayoshi Hirose