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Ama is the name of the traditional women divers who swim into the ocean. This hut serves as a place to warm up between fishing, but these days they also welcome visitors to join them for tea, a chat and some shellfish with mochi (sticky rice cakes).
- Explore the unique aspects of Japanese culture
- Eat fresh seafood that was caught by Ama divers
- Enjoy talking with Ama divers in their hut
- Learn more about the rich culture and traditions of Ama divers
- Stroll the beautiful seaside village Osatsu
Ama is a Japanese female diver who goes undersea to collect abalone, spiny lobster and other seafood by bare hands. A large number of Ama divers live Toba city, Mie prefecture in Central Japan. Inside Toba city most of them live in the small seaside village Osatsu.
Osatsu is an area that has been playing an important role for offering fresh seafood to the Ise Jingu shrines for over 2000 years. The Osatsu village is characterized by its distinctive life based on fishery and high worship for a sea goddess named "Ishigami".
Kamado (an Ama hut) is a place where Ama divers make a fire to warm up their body and take a break during the day. In the Kamado hut Ama divers sit around the fire, talk about today’s fishing, husbands, children or friends openly while baking caught shellfish and Japanese rice-cakes or eat snacks. This is a scene that you must see!
The Ama hut Kamado in Osatsu provide a place where tourists will be able to eat delicious fresh seafood and experience fun moments with the Ama divers. You may ask questions to the Ama divers such as "what fish can you catch?", "in which season do you dive?", "why are you dressed in white clothes when diving?", "how old is oldest Ama?" and others while eating fresh seafood that will be baked on a charcoal grill. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the original Ama divers' culture in Japan!
In this activity you will go directly to the Ama hut Kamado in Osatsu for lunch and fun time with the Ama divers. Take the Kuzaki line of the Kamome Bus from JR/Kintetsu Toba Station and exit at the Osatsu Bus Stop (相差バス停) after about 35 minutes ride. From there, walk about 7 minutes to the south until you reach the hut.
Please refer to Ama hut Osatsu HP as below:
Ama hut in Osatsu
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