These Walking Dreams: Day 39 (May 21, 2017)

πŸ™Hachiman, Tokushima City β†’ Naruto, Tokushima β†’ β›΄ Naruto Whirlpools β†’ πŸš— Great Naruto Bridge β†’ South Awaji City, Awaji Island, Hyōgo

Map of Tokushima Prefecture and Awaji Island with author’s route between Tokushima City and Naruto highlighted. πŸ—Ί Open map1 in GaiaGPS (A,B,C) ⇝


Manhole cover with the Great Naruto Bridge and the Naruto Whirlpools on it. πŸ“ Naruto, Tokushima


The churning water of the Naruto Whirlpools as seen from a small boat right under the Great Naruto Bridge.

The bridge with the whirlpools under it. πŸ“ Naruto Whirlpools

Isfahan may be half the world but the Pacific Ocean is surely the other half, and at Naruto its gargantuan mass squeezes through a gap barely a kilometer wide. My walk across Shikoku over, I sailed into this Japanese Charybdis on a small boat, the dark water a protean horror show. The ocean rose out of itself in patches the size of tennis courts, smooth as a high-end ice cube, the edges churning into the depths. Across the strait, the fields of Awaji smelled of sun and sweet onions.


Looking straight ahead out of a car at the halfway point of the Great Naruto Bridge.

Looking back on the bridge from Awaji Island in the evening light. πŸ“ Great Naruto Bridge

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These Walking Dreams is a visual field diary of a 4,300-kilometer walk from one end of Japan to the other, in the spring and summer of 2017.


  1. This was the third of seven days when I didn’t walk every step of the way. The only way to avoid taking a vehicle here would have been to take an entirely different route across Western Japan. It was only when I arrived in Tokushima that I found out that there is no ferry service across the Naruto Strait and also that pedestrian traffic is not allowed on the Great Naruto Bridge. I did the closest thing I could: I took a sightseeing boat halfway across the strait, into the whirlpools, then I was driven across the bridge by my friend Yoshihara Hitoshi.β†©οΈŽ