Since the 16th century, Toba was the castle town of the Kuki family who ruled this region on the Shima-hanto Peninsula. The island also served as a landing point for visitors on the sea route to Ise-jingu Shrine and belonged to the Ise-Shima National Park.
Toba Aquarium is home to rare giant isopods and dugongs. You can explore the ruins of the 16th-century Toba Castle nearby. The Mikimoto Pearl Island in Toba Bay is famous for its ama (female pearl divers). The Pearl Museum tells the story of local pearl cultivation. There are many seafood restaurants on Txhijima Island. A Shinto shrine and lighthouse are located on Kami-shima Island.
You will visit the top attractions in Toba if time permits for both
Ise-jingu Inner Shrine
This ancient shrine is just one of the many sacred places inside the complex that dates back to the 7th century. As soon as you cross the wooden bridge, you will pass through a Tori gate (both symbolic of leaving the secular world and entering the spiritual world). Known as Naiku, the Inner Shrine is dedicated to Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess and direct descendant of Japan's emperors. You may place a coin in the nook or offertory box if you wish to make an offering. Twice bow your head deeply. Do this twice by clapping your hands together. Put your hands together and close your eyes while bowing your head slightly. Upon completion, bow once more deeply.
Toba Aquarium (鳥羽水族館, Toba Suizokukan) is located along the waterfront of Toba Bay, just next to the Mikimoto Peral Island. With over 30,000 aquatic animals from 1,200 species in one of Japan's largest aquariums, you can enjoy several themed zones including Ancient Sea, Jungle World, Waterside in the Forest, and Polar Sea, and a portion of the aquarium is dedicated to the marine life in the Kumano-Nada Sea and Ise Bay. You can see the only dugong in Japan at the Mermaid Sea exhibit, marvel at the oddities in "Weird Living Creatures Research Center" and see fun-loving sea lions and seals in the Marine Mammal Kingdom.
We highly recommend that you book our shore excursions now if you will be taking a cruise in 2024. 2023 has already seen large crowds, and 2024 will see even more. We expect many tourists will be unable to book their shore excursions in 2024, so please make your plan as soon as possible.