Travel Course

Course No.7004

Experience the History of Awaji Island’s Ningyo Joruri Theater and Naruto’s Whirlpool with YUI PRIMA OLIVIA [Watching Awaji Pingyo Joruri and whirlpool cruise of Naruto Strait (departs every Monday)]

You will enjoy a performance of Awaji Ningyo Joruri, a puppet theater with 500 years of history on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture, designated as a nationally designated important intangible folk cultural asset and awarded two stars in the Michelin Green Guide as being “worth a detour.” The Naruto Strait between Awaji Island and Shikoku is home to one of the world’s largest whirlpools, the Naruto Whirlpools. On a cruise of about an hour, you can see the spectacular whirlpools, rare even in the world, right before your eyes. For lunch, we will provide a special bento box from a traditional Japanese restaurant that has been in business for 80 years.

Travel Tips

1.A comfortable space designed to relax
There are a total of 21 seats arranged in 7 rows, featuring both single and double independent seats, allowing you to relax even when traveling long distances. Furthermore, a “service corner,” reminiscent of a bar counter, is located at the rear of the vehicle. An attendant will be ready to serve drinks and light snacks, bringing them directly to your seat. The bus is also equipped with a toilet, ensuring a secure and comfortable environment. (Local Sake and specialty sweets from the Setouchi region are also provided on the bus.)
2.A Dedicated Attendant Accompaniment Throughout the Tour (English/Japanese Support)
Our dedicated attendants, serving as “travel concierges,” ensure not only safety but also a comfortable journey. They meticulously select delicious food from around Japan served on the bus, including exclusive sake from renowned breweries in Setouchi, available only during specific seasons. Our attendants will support you in making your trip more enjoyable and memorable.
3.Eco-Friendly Initiatives (Zero Carbon)
YUI PRIMA OLIVIA is committed to offsetting its CO2 emissions through J-Credit. A portion of the emission credits is included in the travel cost, with a segment of the additional funds dedicated to initiatives supporting environmental conservation in the Setouchi region. By allocating resources to local environmental efforts, we strive to collaboratively advance environmental activities with the community while contributing to the sustainability of the area.
One-Day TripAwaji Island (Hyogo Prefecture)
Fee48,000 yen
Departure Dates
Departure Confirmed=◎
August 26th ◎

*All tours depart on Mondays.

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” Travel around the country on the country’s most comfortable, high-class tourist buses.”

The spacious vehicle has 21 seats and is equipped with a toilet, and a dedicated attendant will bring drinks to your seat.

The Naruto Whirlpools are one of the largest in the world, with a diameter of over 20 meters.

One of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the Setouchi region is the Naruto Whirlpools. Located in the Naruto Strait, they are considered one of the “Three Great Currents of the World,” alongside Italy’s Strait of Messina and Canada’s Seymour Narrows. By embarking on the “Uzushio Cruise,” you can enjoy an exciting experience discovering these whirlpools, as the boat approaches the rapid currents, offering a beautiful view of the swirling vortexes forming in the water.
Fun fact: Did you know that the vortex-like swirl in ramen is called “naruto” because it resembles these famous whirlpools? The name “Naruto” is also shared by a famous ramen-loving anime character, inspired by this culinary association!

You will watch a one-hour performance of Awaji Puppet Theatre, which has a 500-year history on Awaji Island.

If you’re interested in Japanese tradition, you’ve probably heard of Noh Theatre, but are you familiar with a traditional performance where the main characters are extremely detailed puppets? This art form is called “Ningyo Joruri” (or Puppet Theatre in English) and consists of three main elements: puppetry, storytelling, and music. While the storyteller sings the songs and dialogues, three people dressed in all black manipulate the intricate doll, making it stand brightly on the stage as if it were moving on its own! Not only the body, but also the small details of the face, fingers, and feet, everything is moved with extreme skill to recreate the deepest emotions, making the doll seem truly alive.
One of the oldest forms of puppet theatre in Japan is The Awaji Puppet Theatre, which has a history of over 500 years and is famous for its original technique called the “costume mountains,” where puppeteers manipulate a stack of costumes to create dramatic visual effects.
Get ready to experience the magic of this secret world!

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Travel Itinerary

  • Day trip

    Duration of the Trip
    Day trip
    Included Meals
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner

    ①Various locations (departing Namba at 7:45)
    ②Fukura Port → Whirlpool Cruise → Fukura Roadside Station (lunch) → Awaji Puppet Theatre
    * (Time may vary depending on the best time to see the whirlpools) Awaji Ningyoza → Fukura Roadside Station (lunch) → Whirlpool Cruise
    ③Various locations (around 17:20)

Departure date/boarding route

August 26th■ All tours depart from Namba (7:45/17:20)
■ All tours depart on Mondays

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