Take a Whirlpool Walk on the Wild Side
Explore the mysteries of ocean currents
The mysteries of the ocean may be deep and unknown, but the power of nature is in full evidence at Uzu-no-Michi. This glass-bottomed walkway, attached to the Onaruto Bridge connecting Shikoku with Awaji Island within Setonaikai National Park, offers you the chance to observe a natural phenomenon with your own eyes.
The waters of Japan’s Seto Inland Sea and Kii Channel meet at this point, forming whirlpools primarily in the spring and fall.
Timing is key to observing this phenomenon, so color-coded daily viewing schedules on the website inform visitors of peak times to watch the ebb and flow of tides beneath their feet form into Uzu, or whirlpools, of a variety of sizes and speeds. During so-called Spring tides, also known as “king” tides, these eddies reach speeds of over 20 kph, among the fastest in Japan. In peak season, whirlpools can become as large as 20 meters in diameter, placing them among some of the greatest eddies to be found anywhere.
Next to the Uzu-no-Michi walkway, the Eddy Memorial Hall highlights not only this natural phenomenon, but also the unique culture of Shikoku, including its famous folk dances. Joint facility tickets are available, as are English-speaking staff, signage, explanation panels and pamphlets. Suited to all types of travelers, from children to adults, this destination featuring amazing nature and fascinating culture is not to be missed if you are touring the Kansai or Shikoku regions of Japan.
Access: From Shin-Osaka station, it’s about 110 minutes by train and bus to Naruto Park.
Onaruto Bridge Walkway, Uzunomichi