Bungo Channel

The Bungo Channel (豊後水道, Bungo-suidō[1]) is a strait separating the Japanese islands of Kyushu and Shikoku. It connects the Pacific Ocean and the Seto Inland Sea on the western end of Shikoku.[2] The narrowest part of this channel is the Hōyo Strait.

In the English-speaking world, the Bungo Strait is most known as a setting in the 1958 World War II submarine film Run Silent, Run Deep based upon the best-selling 1955 novel by then-Commander Edward L. Beach Jr.[3]


  1. Teikoku's Complete Atlas of Japan, Teikoku-Shoin Co.,Ltd., Tokyo, ISBN 4-8071-0004-1
  2. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Bungo Kaikyō" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 91.
  3. Sheffield, Richard. (2009). Subs on the Hunt: 40 of the Greatest WWII Submarine War Patrols, p. 24, at Google Books; Leeman, Sergio and Robert Wise. (1995). Robert Wise on his Films: from Editing Room to Director's Chair, p. 145.


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