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Naruto Whirlpools

Naruto Whirlpools Review

You can hear the thunderous roar of the giant tidal whirlpools at Naruto Kaikyo (the Naruto Straits) long before you see them. When they come into sight, it's a striking contrast between peaceful sky and the furious, frothing sea. A glass-bottomed walkway called uzu-no-michi overlooks the pools, but the view is even better from the deck of a tour boat. A few companies with different-size vessels offer marginally different prices (¥1,500–¥2,500), but all the rides are exhilarating. Two of the best boats are the Wonder Naruto and the smaller Aqua Eddy, both run by Naruto Kanko Kisen. The whirlpools are formed when the changing tides force a huge volume of water through the narrow, rocky bottleneck. The tide calendar lets you know when to see the pools at their best.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Naruto Koen, Tokushima, 772-0053 | Map It
  • Phone: 088/683-6262
  • Cost: ¥500 for walkway
  • Hours: Park always open. Walkway Mar.–Sept., daily 9–6; Oct.–Feb., daily 9–5. Closed 2nd Mon. in Mar., June, Sept., and Dec.
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  • Location: Tokushima
Updated: 09-20-2013

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