Enjoy one of the amazing occurances in the ocean-- the whirlpools!
Imagine you are looking at a bigger version of a water draining in a sink above the Onaruto bridge, one way to safely see the swirling water of the Pacific. It has some glass floors where you can observe the whirlpools as high as 45 m above the ocean.
You can also ride a ship or "Kanchosen," a tide-watching boat to see the violent tides upclose. Just remember to bring extra clothing as your clothes might get wet.
Whirlpools are caused by the meeting of the opposing currents. Stronger whirlpools in seas and oceans are termed as "maelstroms". Does the oceanic tide remind you of the iconic manga Naruto?
Whirlpools are just only one of the unsung activities you can do in Naruto. Feel like a pilgrim in Ryozenji Temple or explore the Otaniware, the traditional pottery works of the townsfolk of Naruto.
You may also visit the nearby museum and park of Naruto, anad try their delicacy, the “Naruchuru Udon".
By air, fly from Haneda Airport in Tokyo to Tokushima Airport. In the last airport, there are buses that head to Naruto station and continue to Naruto Park.
By land, take night buses, Tokubus and Keihin Bus at Tokyo (Shinagawa Bus Terminal, Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal and Shibuya Mark City). Alight at Kosoku Naruto Bus stop. Transfer to local buses to head you to Naruto Station or Naruto Park.
Plan your trip and do lots of research before heading in to Naruto area. Whirlpools are phenomenon that depends on tides, so the chances of its occurence changes everyday.
Kanchosen operates everyday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, with 30-40 minutes interval (except during holidays and bad weather). Tickets range from 1,500 to 2,000 Yen for adults and 1,000 Yen for children.
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