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In this relaxing day trip from Nagoya you will visit the famous Mikimoto Pearl Island in Ise-Shima region in Mie and ride the sightseeing cruise to cross the Ise Bay. Relax in a spa resort and eat a gorgeous lunch!
- Take a splendid day trip from Nagoya
- Visit the Mikimoto Pearl Island and learn more about Japan's pearl cultivation
- Ride on the gorgeous sightseeing cruise that crosses Ise Bay
- Relax in the spa center of a luxurious hotel with a great panorama view over the bay
- Try seasonal fruit picking in the countryside of Aichi
The wide Ise Bay south of Nagoya is encircled by Ise-Shima region on Mie prefecture's side and Atsumi peninsula on Aichi prefecture's side. In this pleasant day trip from Nagoya you will visit the wonderful Mikimoto Pearl Island and museum in Ise-Shima before crossing the bay by the gorgeous sightseeing cruise boat. You will arrive at Irago on Atsumi peninsula and have a delicious lunch followed by a hot spring and spa in a luxurious hotel with a panorama view over the bay. After this delightful experience you will be able to choose between returning back to Ise-Shima with the romantic sunset cruise or reaching Nagoya by taxi through Atsumi peninsula while stopping for seasonal fruit picking along the way. The options of this day trip make it possible for couples and families to participate by customizing the itinerary according to their needs. Enjoy one wonderful day around Ise Bay!
Below is the itinerary for this trip. Option 1 is recommended for families with children, while Option 2 is recommended for couples:
7:00 am (recommended starting time) - leave Kintetsu Nagoya Station by limited express train and go to Toba Station (about 100 minutes)
9:00 am - visit Mikimoto Pearl Museum in Toba and learn more about the history of Japan's pearl cultivation which originated in the end of the 19th century. Nowadays the Mikimoto-branded pearls are world-famous and at the museum you can see a special performance of female divers Ama who still dive in the sea for oysters.
10:40 am or 10:50 pm - ride the Ise Bay ferry from Toba port, a few hundred meters south of the pearl museum. The pleasant sightseeing cruise takes about an hour to reach Irago on Atsumi peninsula.
12:00 - get picked up from Irago and go to Irago View Hotel, a luxurious accommodation facility where you will eat a gorgeous lunch and have relaxing time in the hot spring and spa center. The hot spring offers a commanding view over the bay!
From this point you can choose between Option 1 and Option 2.
Option 1: Meet your guide at the hotel and go by taxi to a rural farm in the middle of Atsumi peninsula. You can enjoy seasonal fruit picking: strawberries in winter and spring, and melons in summer! After that your taxi will take you to Toyohashi Station where the tour will end.
Option 2: Return to Toba port by the sunset cruise of Ise Bay ferry (the time depends on the season). The tour ends at Toba Station.
Note: This is a self-guided tour unless you choose Option 1. In that case there will be a guide for the second half of the day at Atsumi peninsula.
Enjoy the beautiful nature and the wide ocean on this relaxing day trip to one of the most charming destinations in rural Japan!
Kintetsu Nagoya Station, Nagoya
You might need to start the tour earlier and shorten the hot spring relaxation if you choose option 1 and the strawberry farm closes early in the day.
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