Bay Cruises

If you are hankering for a cruise experience unlike any other, the grand pirate cruise “Esperanza” modeled after a Spanish galleon, promises to offer a relaxing and elegant sightseeing tour around Ago Bay in the southern part of Shima Peninsula. Ranging from 50 minutes to an hour, the cruise tour begins from Kashikojima Port and makes a stop at a pearl factory before returning to the port. The Toba Bay Cruise departs from Toba Marine Terminal and stops at sightseeing spots including Dolphin Island, Mikimoto Pearl Island and Toba Aquarium. Alternatively, catch the picturesque island views of Sakatejima, Sugashima, Toushijima and Kamishima on board longer cruises that ply the waters

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Island Life~Toshi, Sugashima, Kamishima, Sakate

Take a short getaway via boats to the four offshore islands of Toba city for a breath of fresh air, magnificent hilltop fortresses and translucent waters. The traditional Japanese fishing culture continue to thrive vibrantly in these offshore islands and you can still feel the charm of local culture. Traditional fishing industries continue to operate and visitors may even witness the loading of fresh seafood onto the port or savor delicious marine catch at any of the local restaurants. Toushijima, the biggest island out of the four, is the site that rests the soul of Kuki Yoshitaka, a powerful naval commander of Oda Nobunaga during the warring period. One of the

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Ama Huts

Delve into Ise’s anciently female tradition as one engages in an open-hearted conversation with the Ama, traditional female divers who have been fishing the local waters for thousands of years in Toba and Shima region. They usually gather at their humble buildings to eat and chat before, as well as after, their daily ocean dives. Each visit to an Ama hut lasts at least an hour and visitors can enjoy the delicacies grilled by Ama over a charcoal fire. Depending on the season, the seafood can range from shellfish to the most prized abalone. But nothing beats the opportunity to hear the personal experience of each diver who has dedicated a significant part of her

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