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Tokushima: Naruto Whirlpools

Occurring in Naruto Strait which is in between Naruto City in Tokushima Prefecture and Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture, Naruto Whirlpools are tidal whirlpools that have been one of the main sources of tourism on the city and the island.


Naruto whirlpools occur when the tide moves large amounts of water in and out of the narrow strait. According to experts, the water rushes through Naruto Strait at the speed of about 13 to 15 kilometers per hour. They also say that the water flows in and out of the strait twice a day due to changing tides. During spring tide, the water current sometimes reaches up to 20 kilometers per hour. With this speed, the whirlpools sometimes get as big as 66 feet in diameter. Speaking of the speed of the flowing water, the currents in Naruto Strait is actually the fastest in Japan and fourth in the world.
The best way to view it is by boat which will bring you several meters away from the whirlpools
We got to check out the whirlpools with our Japanese family
My wife and daughter enjoying the boat ride
Check out that whirlpool that's slowly forming
That whirlpool is probably 20 feet wide

This whirlpool formed 15 feet away from our boat

One can also view the whirlpools from the view deck of Uzushio Rest Area

Naruto Whirlpools can be viewed from Onaruto Bridge which connects Naruto and Awaji Island. Another place to view it is on the observation deck of the Uzushio Rest Area also in Awaji Island. If you're very adventurous, you can actually view the Naruto whirlpools up close. There are sightseeing boats that can bring you a few meters away from the vortices.


My family and I got a chance to see the Naruto Whirlpools during our road trip to Awaji Island during our 10th day in Japan. We tried to view it from the observation deck of the Uzushio Rest Area, however, upon learning that the whirlpools will form up sometime in the afternoon, we then drove to Naruto in Tokushima Prefecture to see if there are sightseeing boats available. We were lucky enough as there were boats available for the afternoon viewing of the whirlpools. We managed to book to ride the Uzushio Kisen High-Spead Whirlpool Sightseeing Boat. The boat brought us close enough to view the Naruto Whirlpools up close. The trip was around 30 minutes long. At first, I was scared that the whirlpools will suck the boat to the bottom of the strait but the crew assured the nervous riders, a majority of which were first timers like us, that the boat was big enough to prevent that from happening.
Thanks to our Japanese family for this once in a lifetime experience

Overall, riding the sightseeing boat and seeing the Naruto Whirlpool firsthand was an experience that I'd treasure for the rest of my life. I do hope that I'd get to see it again someday (soon). 


Now you know where this guy got his name...


Getting there:

From Osaka Station, board a bus which stops at Naruto Park. Travel time is around 2 hours and costs around 3250 Yen. From there you can ride a boat at the Naruto Sightseeing Port which is just a one-minute walk away from the bus stop.



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  1. I love reading about all your adventures! Please keep them coming

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  2. Wow looks like so much fun! The boat ride looked very exciting!

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    1. That's true McKenzie. Seeing the Naruto whirlpools up close was truly exciting.

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  3. Looks like an amazing location! Fascinating about the speed that water flows through. The weather also looks great...not too cold or windy!

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    1. Yup yup. We were blessed with fine weather when we visited. It was really perfect to view the Naruto whirlpool.

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  4. Those look pretty neat, I'd love to take that trip and see them in person myself. You were lucky to go!

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    1. I could say that as well. That Naruto Whirlpool experience was probably a once in a lifetime adventure.

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  5. This is so cool. What a fun thing to experience and learn about. I love traveling and exploring new things.

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    1. Thank you. I do hope you get to travel to Naruto City someday.

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  6. A little piece of heaven. Looks like you had an amazing time.

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    1. We did Belle. It was a fantastic adventure. Scary but great.

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  7. OMG!!! I am adventurous, but not whirlpool!!! What if we really got suck in! OMG! Even if they say the boat was big enough I wouldn't risk it especially I am traveling with my (very young) kids all the time. You guys are brave!!! I am sure there's a fun side to it!
    Wait... Naruto sightseeing port... Naruto as in the famous manga/anime? lol

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    1. Hahaha Naruto the character in the anime was named after this place. Even his power is inspired by the whirlpool.

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  8. I would love to visit Naruto Whirlpools, tidal whirlpools that have been one of the main sources of tourism on the city and the island. Keshia Richmond

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    1. Please do visit and check out Naruto Whirlpools. That is one of the best experiences that you'd have.

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  9. That's absolutely beautiful, I wish I could see this for myself.

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    1. You'd surely see Naruto Whirlpools someday Chadden.

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  10. No wonder if some comic creators get the inspiration! This is gorgeous :)

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    1. You got that right this is where they got the inspiration.

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  11. Woow!! Very nice travel post you have shared here!! Love it!! thank you : D
    cheers, siennylovesdrawing

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog as well sienny. I'm happy you love my article about Naruto Whirlpool.

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  12. All these sightseeing boats look like such an adventure!!! Great photos of the whirlpool as well. You can actually see the whirl happening! Wishing you and your family the best! :D

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    1. Thank you Kalyani. It was really an adventure. I do hope you get to see Naruto whirlpools up close someday.

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  13. Those whirlpools are making me nervous! Although it's a phenomenon that gets me curious.

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    1. That was the same first impression that I had when we got on the boat to see the Naruto Whirlpools.

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  14. Naruto Whirlpool one was my favorite :D

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  15. It seems a nice experience. I like those photos, and I love the sea well done

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    1. Thank you so much Toti. It was a nice experience indeed.

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  16. WOW! That sounds like an interesting experience. I would love to visit here some day :)

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    1. Please do visit Naruto and check out their famous whirlpools. =)

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  17. Nature is so awesome! To be respected for sure.

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  18. Beautiful! Never heard about Naruto Whirlpools. Pictures shows that you had a great time. Saw your video and Whirlpools are simply awesome. Aren't they dangerous? We have similar thing(Not sure similar or not) where a deep circle will be formed with water inside an ocean or river. If someone gets into that it will take them inside and difficult to survive.

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    1. They are dangerous especially for swimmers and fishermen with small boats. However, since the sightseeing boat was powered by a powerful engine it was generally safe.

      Really? You have a same tourist spot in your country? Where is that?

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  19. Awesome that you got to view these whirlpools, never knew they had a tourism industry around this!

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    1. Same here. I only found out about this from my Japanese godfather.

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  20. This looks really cool! I think that the whirl pools would freak me out a little, but it looks like an amazing experience!

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    1. Hahaha. The Naruto Whirlpools did freak me out when it formed a few feet away.

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  21. Very interesting! Glad you and your family enjoyed seeing the whirlpools forming.

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  22. Such pretty pictures and nicely explained. Thanks

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  23. These whirlpools seem pretty amazing and scary at the same time.It looks like you all had fun.

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    1. We did have fun. =) I wish you could visit Naruto and see its famed whirlpool someday. =)

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