How to travel between Naruto and Tokyo

By air

JAL operates multiple flights per day between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Tokushima Airport. Flight duration is 70 minutes. The regular one way fare is around 40,000 yen, but discount tickets are usually available for around 10,000 to 18,000 yen. From Tokushima Airport, buses operate to Naruto Station (15 minutes, 280 yen, one bus/hour) and continue on to Naruto Park (40 minutes, 480 yen, one bus/hour).

By night bus

Multiple companies operate daily overnight buses between Tokyo (multiple bus terminals) and Tokushima Station, stopping off at the Kosoku Naruto bus stop along the way (7,500 to 11,500 yen one way depending on company and date of travel). 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, 290 yen, one bus/hour).

By train and bus via Osaka

Because buses are faster and cheaper than trains for travel between Osaka and Naruto, it makes sense for train travelers from Tokyo to transfer to a bus in Osaka:

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By train

It is possible to travel between Tokyo and Naruto entirely by JR trains on a time-consuming detour which is of interest to Japan Rail Pass holders:

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). Then, from Takamatsu take the "Uzushio" limited express to Ikenotani Station (1 hour, one train/hour) and change to the JR Naruto Line to Naruto Station (20 minutes, one train/hour). From Naruto Station regular city buses serve Naruto Park (20 minutes, 320 yen, not covered by the Japan Rail Pass, one bus/hour).

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

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 and the whirlpools.

For those arriving by highway bus, note that the 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 catch a local bus from the nearby Konarutobashi bus stop to reach 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 served only 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 the above-mentioned Naruto Kosoku bus stop.

Tokushima Airport is a 15 minute bus ride south of Naruto Station (280 yen one way). Most of the airport buses continue on from Naruto Station to Naruto Park (480 yen one way).

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.