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Toba Things to Do

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    by Rabbityama Written Jan 8, 2009

    The Toba Aquarium is famous for being one of Japan's best aquariums, and it lives up to its reputation! The aquarium is divided into sections that each represent a different type of aquatic life. The aquarium features a wide variety of fish, shellfish, and jellyfish. Along with these, there are dolphins, stingrays, nautilus, porpoises, seals, otters, and seahorses. The highlight of the museum are the huge African manatees, something not found at most aquariums in the world. They also have dugongs, which are smaller but also a rare endangered species.

    Along with the aquatic life, the aquarium also has exhibits of insects, frogs, pelicans, penguins, and toucans! There are also sea lion shows, which last only about 30 minutes, but are very cute and well-done.

    The entrance fee is 2400 yen for adults, 1200 for junior high students and 600 yen for children. To view every exhibit, including the seal show, it should take about 3.5 hours at a moderate pace. It is also handicap accessible.

    Toba Aquarium Sea Lion Show Toba Aquarium's Dugong Toucan at the Toba Aquarium Pelican at the Toba Aquarium
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    by SLLiew Updated Sep 15, 2007

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    Toba is the world's birthplace of artificial peal when Koichi Mikomoto could duplicate the mass production of pearls in oysters in 1893. Until then, the pearl was a random act of nature - an abnormal growth of lucre in a wild growing oyster in the ocean.

    Joined an amazing tour of Mikomoto Pearl Culture Center. Saw the different steps of artifiicial pearl cultivation, inclusive of a boat ride to where all the pearl oysters are hung out to grow to maturity until they are harvested.

    Also saw the famous underwater ladies who would dived for sea products in the cold water.

    Of course, the final stop was shopping at the pearl jewelry and souvenir center. Not to be missed for all pearl lovers.

    Arriving at Mikomoto Pearl Island, Toba

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    by SLLiew Written Aug 8, 2006

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    I have been to aquariums around the world like Monterrey and in Boston and was surprised to find this excellent aquarium at Toba.

    Many large and well maintained tanks. Worth the visit especially if you have come all the way to Toba. Japanese tourists exclaiming "sugoi" at every tank. (sugoi=wow)

    To pay to enter or not, it is worth it.
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Toba Hotels

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  • Kokusai

    1-23-1 Toba, Toba, Mie Prefecture, 517-0011, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Altia Toba

    1061-9 Arashimacho, Toba, Mie Prefecture, 517-0021, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Ijikaso

    368-2 Ijikacho, Toba, Mie Prefecture, 517-0026, Japan

    Good for: Couples

  • Resort Hills Toyohama

    1471 Osatsucho, Toba, Mie Prefecture, 517-0032, Japan

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Maritaime Kaikoen Kifuka

    1075-113 Arashimacho, Toba, Mie Prefecture, 517-0021, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Toba Saichoraku

    610 Shiroyama, Ohama-cho, Toba, Mie Prefecture, 517-0015, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Kameya

    893-1 Arashimacho, Toba, Mie Prefecture, 517-0021, Japan

    Good for: Couples

  • Thalassa Shima

    Shirahama Uramura-Cho, Toba, Japan, 517-0025, JP

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Toba Grand Hotel

    239-9 Ohamacho, Toba, Mie Prefecture, 517-0015, Japan

    Good for: Business

Toba Transportation

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    by Rabbityama Written Jan 8, 2009

    From Osaka, you can easily get to Toba with only one transfer. From Osaka Station, go to Tsuruhashi. From Tsuruhashi you can then go directly to Toba Station using the Kintetsu Line.

    The cost from Osaka is approximately 3620 yen, but prices are always subject to change, so check before you go.

    Mikimoto Pearl Island
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    by 123Sophie Written Feb 28, 2005

    The ferry takes about 1 hour and it`s a convenient to use when you are approaching Ise Peninsula from Tokyo by car. Price is about the same as a highway fee.
    Website is in Japanese only.

    Ferry
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    • Beaches
    • Backpacking

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    by SLLiew Written Oct 23, 2006

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    Favorite thing: What a surprising combination of putting loads of moray eels and scorpion fishes in a tank.

    Cannot imagine which is worse - a nasty bite from the eel or a venomous sting from the poisonous spines of the scorpion fish.

    You probably heard of the infamous expensive and can-be=deadly Japanese delicacy of the blowfish (fugu) sushi.

    Wonder whether moray eel and scorpion fish sushi will be next.

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    by SLLiew Written Oct 23, 2006

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    Favorite thing: This was my first encounter with a dugong.

    Apparently sailors has mistaken dugongs as mermaids. Having seen one swim so closely, it is possible to imagine so if one is drunk on high seas and being away from women for a long period of time.

    Anyway, dugong are still known to be found limited to Okinawa in Japan. Dugongs are found in coastal areas of the Indian and Pacific Oceans around Africa, Asia and Australasia.

    Well, good to meet one in Toba.

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