Toba City is a tourist spot with plenty of things to see, but in the recent years the population has been decreasing. The people living in the region have been trying to enliven the city, giving support to immigrants.
Toba City is a sea city located in the eastern part of Mie Prefecture, with the northern and eastern part facing the Ise Bay. The city has a mild climate, and with its complicated ria coast, the geographical features itself are a famous tourist attraction. Because of the fact that this region, where fishing prospers, has plenty of shellfish, there is a tradition of female divers who dive under the sea and catch shellfish directly that has lived on in this region. The city is the birthplace of the Pokémon creator Ishihara Tsunekazu, and as such Pokémon-related events are held regularly.
Access to Toba City
Arriving by plane:
Approx. 1 hour from Haneda Airport to Chūbu Centrair International Airport, then approx. 40 min. from Chūbu Centrair International Airport to Meitetsu Nagoya Station by Meitetsu limited express train, and finally approx. 1 hour 35 min. from Kintetsu Nagoya Station to Toba Station by Kintetsu limited express train.
Arriving by train:
Approx. 45 min. from Tōkyō Station to Nagoya Station by a Shinkansen train, and then approx. 1 hour 45 min. from Nagoya Station to Toba Station by a JR rapid-service train.
Must-see Spots to Visit When Visiting Toba City
Toba Aquarium （C）ISESHIMA TOURISM＆CONVENTION ORGANIZATION
This aquarium houses the largest number of different species of any aquarium in Japan. The 12 different exhibitions display recreate various environments, and there are around 1200 different species of fish on display.
dugongs （C）ISESHIMA TOURISM＆CONVENTION ORGANIZATION
The aquarium is also known as the only aquarium in Japan that has dugongs on display. Recently the giant isopods have also become a hot topic. The secret for the popularity is the fact that you have various chances to experience animals from a close distance, in the form of sea lion shows, penguins walking, and the chance to touch walruses.
Mikimoto Pearl Island （C）ISESHIMA TOURISM＆CONVENTION ORGANIZATION
Mikimoto Kōkichi, often called the pearl king, was the first person in the world to succeed in cultivating pearls, and he did it on this island. You can learn everything about pearls, in the form of displays that allow you to learn about the history of the cultivation of pearls, many beautiful handcrafted pearls, and demonstrations by the female shellfish divers. There are pearl product that can only be bought here, so you should prepare to do some shopping before visiting the island.
An isolated island that lies northeast to Toba Port. You can experience beautiful scenery of the ocean, beautiful sunsets, and come into contact with the kind people who live on the island. The biggest recommendation is the female diver hut. It is a rest area for the female shellfish divers, but you can also eat fresh seafood, while sitting around a sunken fireplace.
Must-eat Dishes to Order When Visiting Toba City
Seafood （C）ISESHIMA TOURISM＆CONVENTION ORGANIZATION
The charm of Toba City is that you can eat fresh seafood, such as red sea breams, abalones, Japanese spiny lobsters, and oysters. The seasonal seafood satisfies the taste buds of people who visit the city.
The charming Toba City, that has an endless source of seafood, makes you want to stay there for many days.
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