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Onaruto Bridge, Naruto

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The Ōnaruto Bridge is a suspension bridge on the route connecting Minamiawaji, Hyogo on Awaji Island with Naruto, Tokushima on Ōge Island, Japan. Completed in 1985, it has a main span of 876m. Although it is one of the largest bridges in the world, it is dwarfed by the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, which is on the same route. In 2004, 6.8 million cars and trucks crossed this bridge, translating into a daily average of about 18,600.The bridge is complemented by the Konaruto Bridge ("Small Naruto Bridge") and Muya Bridge between Ōge Island and Shikoku.Naruto WhirlpoolsRecurring whirlpools known as the Naruto whirlpools are located below the bridge, caused by tidal currents between the Seto Inland Sea and the Pacific Ocean passing over undersea ridges under the Span, causing very strong eddy currents, some of which make large, deep whirlpools.The bridge has a tourist attraction built into the south side anchor—the Uzunomichi Walkway—an enclosed walkway out to the south tower to allow visitors to view the swirls through side and floor windows, best seen during low tide. Tourist boats and other vessels circle the towers, allowing visitors to actually see the depth of the whirlpools up close, while the view from the bridge observatory lets visitors see the pattern created by the eddy currents extending out for quite a distance.
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  • Our family of 6 with age ranging from 7 to 78 enjoyed the walk to and on the Onaruto Bridge very much. The parking was about 10 min walk to the bridge itself and once you get on the bridge it's about ...  more »
  • 搭乘汽船近距離觀漩渦是十分令人難忘的,非常值得推介! 我選擇的是小船,雖然與漩渦和海面最接近,但頗為顛簸。由於與海面的高度距離很近,我反而有感大船距離高一點和穩定一些對於拍照會更為理想。另外,位於大橋底下向上觀賞那一種宏偉的氣魄又是另一番滋味。 
  • 遠觀大橋非常美麗壯觀, 白色的外表襯托藍色的海水更加美麗。 照相時用大橋作背景非常漂亮。 因能看到漩渦而出名的大橋, 值得一看。 
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  • The place is extraordinarily and will serve you with great panorama. When sunset goes down, this place will be stunning and more beautiful.
  • You're here for Naruto whirlpools right? You've come to the right place. There is a walkway from the south-west that makes the whirlpools very easy to see. Worth the drive to see.
  • Me like teh Anime Naruto. So yeh.
  • Very powerful and beautiful. Must go there once.
  • I went in the middle sized whirlpool timing, but even on the boat ride that cost about 1500yen it was hard to see the whirlpools! Would probably be good to go when the whirlpools are biggest (check the website for the timing)!