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Overview

Escape to Mie for a glimpse of Japan’s coastal culture. Meet with famous Ama divers, watching as they free dive to collect pearls then join them for a meal of fresh seafood. Stay in a traditional ryokan inn and visit famous shrines, capturing the magic of Japan’s rich heritage.

Trip Highlights

Mie Extension

Learn about Ama divers

Witness a diving demonstration and visit the Ama Cultural Museum to learn more about this traditional form of fishing.

Make a wish at Ishigami Shrine

Join local women at this ancient shrine and a wish that, according to legend, will be granted.

Enjoy a traditional Japanese experience

Stay at a ryokan inn, soak in onsens and dine on a traditional kaiseki meal.

Itinerary

1

Nagoya – Toba

Kintetsu Nagoya Station to Iseshi Station: 1.5 h Iseshi Station to Toba Station: 20 min

Today is a self-guided day.

Begin the journey by heading to Toba Station in Mie. The rural Mie Prefecture is famous for its forested landscapes and Mediterranean looking coastlines. The area is famous for producing some of the freshest seafood in Japan and, in its waters, pearl cultivation has become an important activity.

Suggested self-guided itinerary:

Get off at Ise Station, which lies on the way to the hotel in Toba. Hop on one of the CAN busses and pay a visit to the famous Ise Shrine, one of the most sacred areas for the Shinto religion and a favorite pilgrimage destination for Japanese people.

Just a short walk away, the picturesque district of Okage-Yokocho offers a great outlook on the traditional side of the area with its quaint shops selling local arts and crafts as well as food.

Stop for lunch at one of the elegant Japanese-style restaurants offering refined specialties, such as freshly prepared tofu or grilled eel, and a variety of other local products.

After lunch, have tea or a dessert at one of the local food stalls or Japanese-style cafés in Okage-Yokocho.

After indulging in all the delicious specialties Mie has to offer, hop on one of the CAN busses and continue the journey to Meoto-Iwa, which literally means “the married couple rocks.” These two stones are joined by an impressive Shinto shimenawa, a rope made of rice straw, and represent the union in marriage of man and woman.

After this visit, continue the journey to the accommodation in Toba, either by CAN Bus or by train.

Notes: 1-/2-Day Michikusa Bus passes are available for unlimited transport with CAN busses within the Ise area (pay on spot). If travelling with large luggage, it’s advised to send it ahead to accommodation.

Tonight’s stay will be in a traditional Japanese ryokan. For dinner, enjoy a traditional Japanese kaiseki (multi-course) meal prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients. After indulging in these culinary pleasures, it is time for a bath in the hotel’s own onsen bath, before turning in for the night.

2

Toba

Start: 09:00 Duration: 7 h

Today after breakfast, learn all about the life of Ama divers – the women who made the prefecture famous by diving for centuries in the local waters to catch the best marine products. Still today, Ama divers practice fishing, although their activity is strictly regulated.

Meet the knowledgeable guide at Toba Station and head to Mikimoto Pearl Island. Here there will be an opportunity to witness an Ama diver fishing demonstration. Afterwards, head to the town of Osatsu, a village known for their Ama divers. Visit the hut of an Ama, who will prepare a beautiful grilled seafood meal.

After eating, the journey continues to the Ama Culture Museum and the Ishigami Shrine. The museum portrays the Ama culture and lifestyle, as well as their cultural heritage, while at the Ishigami Shrine, the Ama divers usually prayed for safety and a good catch while fishing.

The last stop of the day will be the Toba Observatory for some final views of the magnificent coastline, before returning to the night’s accommodation.

Overnight in Toba

Note: The experience is a small-group join-in tour. Meeting point is at Toba Station, within walking distance from Toda-ya and connected by shuttle bus from Hanashinsui.

3

Toba – Nagoya

Toba Station to Nagoya Station: 1 h 40 min

Today after breakfast, head back to Nagoya Station by train to continue on to the next destination.

Important Information

Our Services Include:

  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Transfers Kintetsu line from Nagoya station to Toba station on Day 1 and return ticket on Day 3.
  • English-speaking join-in tour on Day 2.
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary.

Our Services Do Not Include:

  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately)
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature)
  • Travel insurance (please see ‘Important Notes’)
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

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