Naruto Strait, located north of Naruto City, is well known for the Naruto-no-Uzhishio whirlpools.
Naruto Strait runs under the Onaruto Bridge that connects Naruto City with Awaji Island. The tide creates a difference in the water level of up to 1.5 meters, which makes large amounts of water rush into Naruto Strait and creates vortices. You can see the Naruto whirlpools from the bridge or more closely from a boat. Uzu-no-michi (Onaruto Strait walking trail) within Naruto Park is a walking path that is built under the Onaruto Bridge beam. You can walk along this path and look down to see a whirlpool (whirlpools occur four times daily) through the glass floor. But, it will give you a chill. You will feel as if you are going to be swallowed by the whirlpool. If you prefer to look closely from a boat, the high-speed boat “”Uzushio”” will give you a good view of the whirlpools. Uzushio is a small boat, which enables you to get closer. It departs from Kameura fishing port located 15 minutes by bus from JR Naruto Station.
Otsuka Museum of Art is also a place you should not miss. Constructed in 1998, it is the first and only museum in the world dedicated to porcelain panel paintings. It exhibits more than 1,000 pieces of world famous wall paintings or masterpieces reproduced on ceramic board in their original sizes. The paintings reproduced on porcelain panels by special technology are so accurately worked that you can see and feel the artistic value of their original masterpieces. You will first see the Sistine Hall completed in 2007 as a part of the 10th anniversary project of this museum. You will be impressed with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings elaborately reproduced. Inside the museum, a guide robot called Art-kun who made his debut in July 2009 will be happy to guide you through the museum in English, Chinese, Korean, or Japanese. You will see the new relationship between human and robot embodied in Art-kun, who can walk on his own and guide you through the museum. However, Art-kun can only speak one-sidedly because he is “”shy.””
Naruto City is also a treasure house of food. Naruto-tai (sea bream) raised in the strong tidal stream of Naruto Strait that causes the Naruto whirlpools has a muscular texture. It can be served in many ways such as sashimi, grilled, fried, or as taimeshi (sea bream rice). Naruto-kintoki sweet potato is also a local specialty. It is soft and has some texture when it is baked and has a rich sweet taste.