Experience Awaji Island’s Sunset Cruise: The Surreal Naruto Whirlpools and Mesmerizing Sunset (July – September Event)

Embark on a captivating journey through the Naruto Straits with the luxurious Awaji Island Uzushio Sunset Cruise. This exclusive cruise, available for only 8 days in July and September 2023, offers a unique opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring whirlpools and bask in the beauty of breathtaking sunset. Let the enchanting beauty of nature’s wonders creates a truly unforgettable experience.

Naruto Whirlpools: Unique Phenomena on Awaji Island

Occurring in the strait between the city of Naruto in Tokushima Prefecture and Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture, Naruto Whirlpools (鳴門の渦潮, Naruto no Uzushio) are one of the main tourist attractions in Awaji Island. The Naruto Whirlpools are large and powerful tidal whirlpools that are formed due to the gravitational pull of the moon and the ocean current. They occur when the tide moves large amounts of water in and out of the strait, and experts observe that the whirlpools can form up to 20 meters in diameter and rush at the speed of 15 km/hour.

The Famous Awaji Island’s Naruto Whirlpools Illuminated by the Beauty of Sunset

The Uzushio Sunset Cruise grants passengers the chance to witness the whirlpools illuminated by the golden hues of the setting sun. As the ship gracefully navigates the Naruto Straits, passengers can marvel at the spectacle of these mesmerizing natural phenomena. Prepare to be mesmerized by the interplay between the evening light and the swirling currents, creating a visual symphony of color and motion.

As the sun dips below the horizon, a captivating phenomenon known as the “magic hour” unfolds, creating an otherworldly experience for passengers on Awaji Island’s Uzushio Sunset Cruise. This enchanting moment occurs when all elements align in perfect harmony, casting a bewitching glow that bathes the sky surroundings in a palette of delicate pinks and oranges. The air becomes infused with a sense of wonder, and time itself seems to pause, allowing passengers to immerse themselves in the ethereal beauty that unfolds before their eyes.

Elevating the Experience with Live Music on Awaji Island’s Sunset Cruise

To complement the captivating scenery, the Uzushio Sunset Cruise offers live concerts by professional musicians. The talented members of the local project “Music Island” will grace the ship’s decks with soul-stirring violin and piano performances. Listen to the melodies that harmonize with the gentle rhythm of the ocean waves, adding an extra layer of enchantment to your journey.

With a capacity limited to only 100 passengers, the Uzushio Sunset Cruise ensures a relaxing experience on board. Escape the crowds and find tranquility as you bask in the beauty of your surroundings. The spacious ship provides ample space to find your own serene spot to enjoy the view, while the limited number of passengers guarantees a comfortable and enjoyable journey.

For those seeking a truly luxurious experience, the Uzushio Sunset Cruise offers special VIP seats. Limited to only 14 individuals, these exclusive seats grant access to the noble guest room, being able to indulge in a selection of drinks and alcoholic beverages from the ship’s bar.

The Awaji Island Uzushio Sunset Cruise presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the breathtaking whirlpools and experience the magical allure of the sunset. Immerse yourself in the enchanting scenery, enhanced by live music performances, creating an atmosphere of serenity and wonder. This special cruise promises an unforgettable journey through nature’s captivating wonders. Don’t miss out on this limited-time opportunity to experience Awaji Island’s Uzushio Sunset Cruise and enjoy the whirlpools and sunset in perfect harmony.

Dates and Departure Time

Saturday, July 1, 2023, 6:20 PM
Sunday, July 2, 2023, 6:20 PM
Saturday, July 15, 2023, 6:10 PM
Sunday, July 16, 2023, 6:10 PM
Monday, July 17, 2023, 6:10 PM
Saturday, September 2, 2023, 5:30 PM
Saturday, September 16, 2023, 5:10 PM
Saturday, September 30, 2023, 4:50 PM

Business Information

Operating days

8 days from July 1 (Sat) to September 30 (Sun) 2023
Passenger Capacity: 100 passengers
Travel time: approx. 60 min.
Departure point: Fukura Port (福良港)

Boarding Fee

Junior high school students and older: 5,000 yen
VIP boarding fee (junior high school students above): 10,000 yen
Elementary school students: 2,500 yen
Infants: free


By Car

Kobe Awaji Naruto Expressway, Seidan Mihara IC (15 minutes)
Kobe Awaji Naruto Expressway, Awajishima Minami IC (12 minutes)

By Highway Bus

A short walk from Fukura Bus Terminal