鳴門のうず潮 Naruto Whirlpools

旅のコツ Travel Tips

ベストタイムを調べる Check the whirlpool timing




Big whirlpools are visible when it has a high or low tide. This is because when the seawater flows from the Pacific Ocean into the Seto Inland Sea at high tide, and when the seawater flows out from the Seto Inland Sea to the Pacific Ocean at low tide, a large amount of seawater passes the narrow Naruto Strait and makes the whirlpool. Therefore, the flow of seawater between the Seto Inland Sea and the Pacific Ocean stops in the middle time of high tide and low tide, and we can not see the whirlpool at that time. Check the whirlpool calendar.

The whirlpool becomes bigger than usual at the spring tide (full moon or new moon) because the moon, the earth, and the sun get aligned.

Weather does not affect the whirlpools but the moon affects it.

橋より観潮船 Take a small boat



A short boat trip at 1,600JPY is definitely more valued than observation from the bridge at 510JPY. There are several types of whirlpool observation boats, and our recommendation is Uzushio Kisen. Since their boat is small, the distance between the sea surface and the passenger is close. The passenger can enjoy the magnificent whirlpool very close. Advanced reservation is not necessary and not accepted.

By the way, the whirlpool NEVER sucks the boat into the sea. Don’t worry.


鳴門駅からバスで20分 20 minutes by bus from JR Naruto


It takes about 20 minutes by local bus from JR Naruto 鳴門 Station to Kameuraguchi 亀浦口, the closest bus stop to the boat place.

UPDATED 8th August 2023