This tour includes Cruise in Toba Bay with its ria coast and Bicycle Ride and Walking in Toshi-jima Island. It also provides you with two optional sites - you can select either going to Mikimoto Pearl Island or Toba Aquarium. This tour provides you with exercise, cruising and learning. For cruising, please watch my video attached in this homepage.
What to Expect
If you are fed up with noise and crowd in the sightseeing places you visited so far, this tour may give you another feature of Japanese attractions. After 15 minutes ocean cruise watching Islands in ria-type coastline, you will be filled with only calm and quiet. The sounds you can hear in the island will be just coming from waves and birds. Yet, it is the island inhabited. While Cycling on the road, breeze from the ocean and beautiful scenery will heel and refresh you. Only 15 minutes cruise will bring you different world. After returning from Toshi-jima Island, you can select next destination from two optional sites. One is the Mikimoto Pearl Island where cultured pearls is first developed in the world. You can learn about how pearls are cultured in the museum of the island. Furthermore, there is Ama (Woman Fishing Divers ) demonstration show near the sea every hour. The other site is Toba Aquarium. It is one of the largest aquarium in Japan. About 1,200 kinds of sea animals are kept there.
Since this tour is carried out through one to tow hours riding on Bicycle and walking as well as total 30 minutes cruising, the tourist is expected to be healthy and prepared to wear casually. Also, the tourist must follow the traffic rules that the guide will explain during the tour. The guide shall bring the following items and service for the tourist.
1) Bicycle - 20 inches wheel with front and rear lights
2) Helmet - available only 1 size. So, it may not fit well depending on the tourists head size.
3) Bicycle Locks
4) Bicycle Insurance
In addition, the guide recommends that the tourist wear hard-sole sports shoes if available. Also bringing a rain wear is advisable, just in case if raining ( using an umbrella while riding on the bicycle is illegal in Japan )
Please note that depending on the weather conditions, the cruising is not available. In that case, the guide shall alternativey provide the tourist with other tour such as visiting Ise shrine including the optional sites after consulting with the guest at the meeting place.
Guide fee, Guide's transportation cost to the meeting point, Bicycle Insurance, Bicycle Rental fee
What‘s not included
For the tourist and the guide:
Lunch, Cruising fee (1080 yen/person for round trip), Admission for Mikimoto Pearl Island (1,500 yen/person) or for Toba Aquarium (2,500 yen/person) are not included.
Considering travel time, the guide recommends using Kintetsu Rail Way for transportation from Nagoya or Osaka to Toba. The following is the one way ticket charge for adult:
Limited Express Train Ticket from Nagoya Station to Toba Station = 3,030 yen/person, ( travel time: 1h40m)
Limited Express Train Ticket from Osaka-Namba Station to Toba Station = 3,650 yen/person (travel time: 2h00m)
If the tourist comes from Osaka, Kyoto or Nagoya and plan to stay in Ise-Shima Area more than 1 night, the guide recommends that the tourist purchases "Mawaryanse" train tickets. The ticket includes Limited express train ticket with seat reservation for round trip, cruising ticket and admission for some facilities such as Mikimoto Pearl Island (1,500 yen) and Toba Aquarium (2,500 yen). And other benefits are included in it. The ticket costs only 11,300 yen/person (including handling charge ) and it will enable the tourist even travel from Nagoya to Kyoto or Osaka or vice versa through Toba station. The ticket is effective for 4 days. Other than repeated visit to the same facility, the tourists can get free entry to listed facilities during the period. Of course, the tourist who wants one day trip can enjoy benefits from the ticket too. Since it is only sold in Japan, the guide can arrange it on behalf of the tourist upon receipt of the tourist's request. Then, the both parties will discuss how to hand over the ticket to the tourist by e-mail.
In case of sudden cancellation of returning ship due to bad weather, the tourist is expected to bring some extra cash to stay over in the island ( please note some accommodation facilities may not accept credit card. )
At Ticket gate of Toba Station
10:00 AM ( recommended ) Flexible
Number of people
up to 2 people