Getting close to the world’s best whirlpools : Uzushio Kanchōsen (Tokushima)

I wrote about the Naruto Straits in Tokushima before, but that article was about “seeing the world’s largest whirlpools from above”. Actually, they can also be seen from the side and from underneath!


I almost hear you say, “Wait! How can they be seen from underneath?”


The answer is…



Right, you can get close to the whirlpools on board “Aqua Eddy”, a ship with a little secret!


Underwater, at the bottom of the ship, there is an observation room like this!



As you can see, the observation room has glass windows from where you can look into the sea.


When the ship passes directly under Ōnaruto Bridge, the water starts moving violently due to the strong swirling current.


Looking up at the ocean surface from the glass window, you can see the whirlpools!



Viewing whirlpools from underwater is a great experience, but you can of course see them from the ship’s deck as well.

Enjoy the journey to the whirlpools as a pleasant sea breeze blows across the deck…



Nearing Ōnaruto Bridge…



On this particular day, the whirlpools seem a little calm, but can you see the water swirls?


Here’s a close up for you!



The whirlpools tend to be bigger on “spring tide” days.


As both the days and the time of day that they can be seen fluctuates, please check the official website below for the best timeslots.


If you board the ship on the right day and at the right time, you may well witness huge whirlpools like this!




There are other vessels on board which you can see whirlpools, but please remember that only on “Aqua Eddy” can you look at whirlpools from underwater”!


(This building is the landmark.)



Uzushio Kanchōsen (Naruto Kankō Kisen)


Address: 264-1 Ōge, Tosadomariura, Naruto-chō, Naruto-shi, Tokushima

TEL: 088-687-0101

Fares: Adults 2,260 yen, Elementary school children (Under 12 years old) 1,130 yen

Parking: Large (free) parking area available

Website (Japanese):


Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Daisuke Chiba



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Daisuke Chiba

Daisuke Chiba

Daisuke Chiba / Photo-writer I was born in 1985 in Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture, and now live in Tokushima City. After graduating university, I worked at a publishing company as an editor for various mooks, and in April 2014 I went freelance. I work as a photographer, copy-writer and editor, but also do product development and other stuff as well. If anyone needs me, I can do anything! Except, in spite of my being from Tokushima, dancing - I’m really bad at dancing Awa Odori!


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