I went to the Awaji Island during the vocation. It is a offshore Island which located at the south of Kobe area and eastern part of Seto inland sea. It is also known as the biggest island of Seto enclosed sea. Awaji Shima covers an area of 593 square kilometres, and have a population of 170000.
|Overall view of Awaji.|
Fukura is the first stop where I arrived because I would take a ship to view spectacular Naruto Whirlpools from here.
The ship I took is called Nippon Maru. The whirlpools are around Naruto Strait. Our ship went cross under the Naruto Bridge which is one of the connection bridge between Honshu and Shikoku and had a close look at those whirlpools.
Naruto Whirlpools are really spectacular, yet the reason of forming them still remained unknown for me at that time. However, I found out the answer later at the Memorial Hall of Uzushio.
In the memorial hall, there was a 3D movie about Naruto Uzushio. The Naruto strait is one of the connection straits between the inland sea and the Pacific strait in Japan, fluxes are twice a day. Everyday, a large number of water flow from the Seto inland sea into the Pacific ocean, then the water flow from the Pacific Ocean into the Seto inland sea. The changing of water level produced ocean current, so the channel between the Seto inland sea with rapid water flow and the Pacific Ocean with smooth flow of water, formed Naruto Whirlpools.
The memorial hall is so small and shallow yet there are still a few interesting things can be taken photos, such as the Naruto whirlpool’s poster on the ground or the view from the observatory on the top of the building.
Naruto bridge and whirlpools are worthy to see yet the memorial hall need more professional restoration.