How to travel between Naruto and Tokyo
JAL operates multiple flights per day between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Tokushima Airport. Flight duration is 75 minutes. The regular one way fare is around 36,000 yen, but discount tickets are usually available for around 17,000 yen. From Tokushima Airport, buses operate to Naruto Station (15 minutes, 270 yen, one bus/hour) and continue on to Naruto Park (40 minutes, 470 yen, one bus/hour).
By night bus
Tokubus, Keihin Bus and JR Shikoku Bus operate daily night buses between Tokyo (multiple bus terminals) and Tokushima Station, stopping off at the Kosoku Naruto bus stop along the way (around 9,000 yen one way). From there, walk five minutes to the Konarutobashi bus stop from where local buses provide connections to Naruto Station (3 minutes, 110 yen, 2-3 buses/hour) and Naruto Park (20 minutes, 280 yen, one bus/hour).
By train and bus via Osaka
It is possible to travel between Tokyo and Naruto entirely by JR trains on a time-consuming detour:
From Tokyo Station take a Hikari train on the JR Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen to Okayama (4 hours, one direct hikari train/hour), and transfer to the JR Marine Liner to Takamatsu (1 hour, 2 trains/hour). Alternatively, take the Sunrise Seto night train from Tokyo to Takamatsu (10 hours).
From Takamatsu take the "Uzushio" Limited Express to Ikenotani or Shozui Station (1 hour, one train/hour) and change to the JR Naruto Line to Naruto Station (20 minutes, one train per hour). From Naruto Station regular city buses serve Naruto Park (20 minutes, 310 yen, one bus/hour).
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Naruto is a spread out city with all of its main attractions located outside of the city center. Naruto Park and the whirlpools are about six kilometers north of central Naruto, while the German related sights and Ryozenji Temple are about ten kilometers west of the city center.
Visitors arriving by train will get off at JR Naruto Station, the terminal station in the city center, from where it is a 20 minute bus ride north to Naruto Park, where the whirlpools can be observed.
For those arriving by highway bus, note highway buses do not serve central Naruto, but instead only stop along the expressway. The main stop along the expressway is Naruto Kosoku bus stop, from where travelers can walk five minutes to the nearby Konarutobashi bus stop and transfer to local buses going to the city center (Naruto Station) or Naruto Park.
A second stop along the expressway, Naruto Koen-guchi bus stop, is located at Naruto Park, however it is only served by highway buses coming from Osaka or Kyoto, but not in the opposite direction. In the opposite direction, travelers have to board the highway buses at Naruto Kosoku bus stop.
Although all of Naruto's attractions can be reached by public transportation, connections are not very frequent and a rental car is a convenient alternative. Rental car outlets can be found in Tokushima City and at Tokushima Airport.