Naruto Whirling Waves
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Sak I
Orange, Australia424 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Solo
Although it was a bit hard to access Naruto, this is unique for a Japanese tourist attraction. If you are tired of temple-hopping in Kyoto, it is an idea to visit Naruto for a change. Before you go, be sure to check out the tide table for the time of the high and low tides at Uzu-no-michi website. Incidentally, I tried both a boat ride and the Ohnaruto Bridge observatory and recommend a boat ride.
Written November 7, 2012
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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 November 7, 2019
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HL L
Singapore, Singapore186 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 August 19, 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 August 17, 2019
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,968 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Couples
The whirlpools are best viewed at high or low tide which varies daily. You view the rushing water and whirlpools from the Onaruto bridge which is 450 meters above the water. The rushing water is definitely impressive and the viewing is good from the glassed or open viewing points and also through the glass sections in the floor. It is not for people who dislike heights or the vibrations of the bridge as traffic passes overhead.
Written September 12, 2015
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Lara N
Takamatsu, Japan146 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
I have been to Naruto many times, and have yet to see the giant whirlpools featured in advertisements. However, the tide formations are very fascinating, making swirls and ripples that are rather hypnotic to watch. It is fun to go out in a boat to see them, though there are wonderful views from the bridge and viewpoint as well. It is a good place to learn about tidal action and understand some of the dynamics of the Inland Sea. It is possible to see the whirlpools without paying any entry fees, though if you visit, it is worth checking out the viewing platforms under the bridge, which charge an admission.
Written September 9, 2015
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aabrams
Brooklyn, NY64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Solo
Some people crave this type of attraction while others fear it. I am in the latter category. To get there we had to walk a considerable distance, through a tunnel, up a ramp, then more stairs to get inside. You then walk for what seemed like miles and if you can imagine a bridge, where there is a space between the upper and lower levels, that is where this pedestrian area is, spanning the majority of the structure. As you walk towards the observation area, on the walk way there are glass tiles on the floor spaced out every few feet which allow you to look straight down to the whirlpools below. Once you get to the observation area, which is all glass enclosed, you can not only look out, but down as well, as there are more glass tiles on the floor. While looking out, I saw a boat, which I learned later on you could actually get a ticket and experience being in a boat in a whirlpool. My thought? Not for a million dollars would I do that! However, other people really enjoyed every moment of this. I'm not sorry I went, but I would never do this again.

If you are afraid of heights... you have been warned ;-)
Written January 5, 2014
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tnbms162016
Tokyo, Japan305 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Solo
It is not one giant maelstrom, but rather an area in the Naruto strait which is prone to unusual currents at high and low tide, resulting in many temporary eddies, some more well-defined than others. While by no means spectacular, it makes for a pleasant half-day excursion from Osaka (or Shikoku), the one-hour boat-ride from Fukura giving good views of the coastline of Awaji-shima, and the Naruto bridge.
Written May 21, 2012
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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 October 18, 2019
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namabeer
Toronto, Canada451 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 April 4, 2019
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