The source of inspiration for the famous cartoon character, Uzumaki Naruto, the Naruto Whirlpools are tidal pools that occur along the Shikoku coast of the Naruto Straits.
A true wonder of nature created from the clash of tides from the Seto Inland Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the views Naruto Whirlpools offer are so magnificent that they alone would justify a trip to Tokushima.
Although one can admire the whirlpools from the Uzu-no-Michi Walkway, what could compare with encountering the whirlpools right before your very eyes on a “Wonder Naruto” boat tour? Read on to find out what you can expect from this boat tour.
Designated an important cultural property of Japan, Matsuyama Castle—one of the twelve preserved castles in Japan—is a beautiful piece of Japanese architecture which was constructed on Mount Katsuyama between 1602 to 1628 by Kato Yoshiaki.
But beyond its dreamy appearance, Matsuyama Castle served as a formidable fortress for the Katoh, Gamoh and Matsudaira family between 1603 to 1868 and was crucial in deceiving enemies into believing that they were attacking the residence of the feudal family but in actuality, were being led to their deaths.
If you are visiting the Ehime Prefecture soon, you will not regret catering some time for the Matsuyama Castle.
Although there is much to love about a city holiday, there is something unmistakably beautiful about venturing to places that are not usually visited; the road less travelled. Likewise in Japan, most may not have Hiroshima, Shikoku or Setouchi in mind but this is where you are missing out on an adventure of a lifetime.
Overflowing with tradition, history and geographical wonders, Hiroshima, Shikoku and Setouchi will leave you in awe everywhere you go. A good trip is one which leaves a lasting impression and touches your heart; this is what you are in for if you are planning a trip to Hiroshima, Shikoku and Setouchi.
Here is a 5D4N Shikoku & Setouchi itinerary featuring 19 reasons to visit this beautiful region. We are sure you will love these places as much as we do.