What to do and see in Toba, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

March 23, 2018 Viva Honore

Discover the best top things to do in Toba, Japan including Toba Aquarium, Shinmei Shrine, Toba Observatory, Toba Bay, Mikimoto Pearl Island, Toba Sea Folk Museum, Chidorigahama Beach, Toshi-jima, Toba Minato Matsuri, Uramuracho.
Restaurants in Toba

1. Toba Aquarium

3-3-6 Toba, Toba 517-8517, Mie Prefecture +81 599-25-2555
Excellent
44%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 664 reviews

Toba Aquarium

Reviewed By Higuma2017 - Vechta, Germany

This is an old aquarium, renewed several times, with some excellent display and some others with debatable space for the animals. Still this is my favourite aquarium in Japan,out of dozens of others one sees around the country. An AMAZING collection of sea and river creatures, and some that you will probably not find together anywhere else, such as West African Manatees, Dugongs, Finless Porpoises, Steller Sea Lions, Baikal Seals, Commersons Dolphins, Sturgeons, Sea Angels, Giant Isopods, and so much more... This is gold, and even though it does not have the whale sharks of Osaka or Okinawa it is worthwhile the day trip.

2. Shinmei Shrine

1237 Osatsucho, Toba 517-0032, Mie Prefecture +81 599-33-7453
Excellent
37%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 254 reviews

Shinmei Shrine

Reviewed By MC895 - Osaka, Japan

女性の願いが叶うということで有名な神社。小さな神社ですが、ひっきりなしに参拝客が訪れます。無料駐車場がありますが、狭いので少し待ちました。(日曜日の午前中に行きましたが10分ぐらい待ちました。)参道に、海藻を干したものや牡蠣などを売っているお土産やさんが軒を連ねていて、歩くだけでも面白かったです。

3. Toba Observatory

3-3 Odake, Kuzakicho, Toba 517-0031, Mie Prefecture +81 599-33-6201
Excellent
25%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 118 reviews

Toba Observatory

We are located at top of Mt.Hakotayama and front of pacific ocean. We have a restaurant selected to "the superb view restaurants and cafe best30 in Japan". You can eat Japanese food, spageti and some sweets. And also you can drink Japanese SAKE,beer,organic farming coffee and something else. And we have two souvenir shop. You can select some nice souvenirs from over 700. Also we have take away shop.You can eat delicious soft icecream,original hamburger and something else. We are looking forward to seeing you at here,Toba Observatory! Thank you for Reading my no good english!

Reviewed By SAMUEL2THEWORLD - London, United Kingdom

this is really interesting place to go due to you can see the whole toba city and also the mountain view.Mr.SAMUEL2THEWORLD Thank you for your Review for Toba Observatory page!:) I'm waiting for you to visit TOBA,JAPAN!!;D

4. Toba Bay

Toba 517-0011, Mie Prefecture
Excellent
25%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 104 reviews

Toba Bay

Reviewed By ChadPeterson47 - Seattle, Washington

Toba Bay and outlying Islands are beautiful to visit especially if you take one of the boats from the harbor. There is couple of larger boats that hold a hundred people but I would suggest taking one of smaller boats. It costs about $$30-40 for 90 minutes to 2 hrs per person. There are many different boats with competitive prices. Like anything in Japan, they are all licensed so don't worry. No one really will try to cheat. But you can bargain down so don't take the first bait. It's worth the boat trip.

5. Mikimoto Pearl Island

Toba, Mie Prefecture
Excellent
22%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 322 reviews

Mikimoto Pearl Island

Reviewed By JapanCustomTours - Japan

The displays about the cultured pearl process are interesting and provide some back-ground to the development of the pearl industry which is important for those interested in pearls (because this is where it started). Also being able to see the Alma divers is something interesting, but it is a staged show and makes the expensive entry fee a bit more worthwhile.
But, Mikimoto is in the business of selling their product and the on-site store certainly has a lot of product (and on-hand staff) to help you buy something.

6. Toba Sea Folk Museum

1731-68 Daikichi, Uramuracho, Toba 517-0025, Mie Prefecture +81 599-32-6006
Excellent
47%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 37 reviews

Toba Sea Folk Museum

The Toba Sea-Folk Museum was founded in 1971 to preserve the knowledge and history of Toba's fishing traditions and culture. We are the only museum in Japan dedicated to understanding the traditions of Toba's fisher-folk and the relationship between man and the sea. For over 40 years the museum has collected and preserved the antique fishing equipment of Mie Prefecture's fishing villages, and researched the traditions and religion of the area's fisher-folk.In 1985 the museum was presented with an award by Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs('important Tangible Cultural Properties') for our collection of 6,879 exhibits about Toba's ancient fishing traditions and antique fishing equipment.

Reviewed By Gemma'smum - California

This beautiful museum stretches across a hillside on a cove in 6 buildings. The buildings each feature a different exhibition with lots of material that is easy for English speakers to figure out. We especially enjoyed sitting in on the Nori making class. We also found the video on the Ama divers really wonderful. The staff spoke some English and many of the exhibits featured video or visuals that were self explanatory. The museum is a simple walk through the forest on the Thalassa Shima hotel Promenade. We are so happy that we decided to look in and see this beautiful museum. The name in english is a little corny and we were thinking mermaids etc.

7. Chidorigahama Beach

Osatsucho, Toba 517-0032, Mie Prefecture +81 599-33-6002
Excellent
22%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 36 reviews

Chidorigahama Beach

Reviewed By Southofcase

We had a great time. The beach has soft sand and very flat. The water was a great temperature for spending a lot of time. There was barely a current and for the majority of the 6 hours we were there the swells were under a foot. Not a beach to go to if you are looking to surf but a great beach to go to with kids. It was crowded but fewer people than we were expecting.

8. Toshi-jima

Toshicho, Toba 517-0002, Mie Prefecture
Excellent
44%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 42 reviews

Toshi-jima

Reviewed By Mish_H50 - Japan

This island is really charming- walking around the island with the fishermen and diving women sitting out taking care of the daily catch, chatting with them and hearing about their life, seeing the lovely village - the best way to explore island life in Japan.

9. Toba Minato Matsuri

Toba Bay, Toba, Mie Prefecture
Excellent
51%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

This festival is held every year on the 4th Friday in July around the port of Toba in Toba City, Mie Prefecture, famous as the gateway to the sea of Ise-Shima. The festival is also the annual grand festival of the Toba branch-shrine of Kotohira-gu Shrine, and includes such Shinto rituals as a temporary-palace festival and a waterborne procession with a portable shrine. Approximately 100 open-air stalls are set up around the site of the festival, and the festival includes all sorts of highly attended events such as a Japanese drum performance as well as dances by the local people. The festival reaches its greatest intensity in the evening with a fireworks display: roughly 4,000 brightly colored fireworks paint the sky and sea of Toba Bay, a magnificent spectacle referred to as "the night that the sea burns."

Reviewed By chungpingy

這場花火晚上八點才開始施放,本來有點猶豫要不要留下來看煙火,後來決定留下來看,雖然因為時間的關係無辦法看到最後,但煙火變化多端,毫無冷場,已經感到很滿足了。

10. Uramuracho

Toba, Mie Prefecture +81 599-32-5836
Excellent
30%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 30 reviews

Uramuracho

Reviewed By OLDBOOK - NAGOYA

浦村町の牡蠣食べ放題にチャレンジしました。牡蠣の養殖場直営で2300円で食べ放題の90分。牡蠣と牡蠣ご飯がついています。友人からのアドバイスで醤油、バター、タバスコ、ポン酢を持参していきました。
確かに牡蠣は美味しいですが飽きてしまうので調味料は必需です。となりの方は慣れているのかプライパンまで持ち込んでいました。
大変満足しましたが煙がすごく衣服だけではなく車の中もしばらくは煙の香りが取れませんでした。だけど来年もいきたいと思います。

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