Toba is a popular tourist destination at the southern entrance to Ise Bay. Toba's greatest claim to fame is as the birthplace of cultured pearls.
Toba also has a number of islands nearby which are accessible by ferry. The two larger islands are Toshijima and Sugashima. Kamishima is a smaller, more remote island.
Toba Station is the final station of the Kintetsu Toba and Shima Lines as well as the JR Sangu Line. Most travelers connect at Ise or Shima. 2 hours by limited express kintetsu train from Osaka, 1 hour 35 minutes by limited express Kintetsu train or 1 hour 50 minutes by JR Central's Rapid Service Mie from Nagoya.
The CAN Bus is a service providing unlimited travel around the Ise, Futami and Toba areas. A 1 day pass is 1000 Yen for adults, 500 Yen for children. A 2 day pass is 1600 Yen and 800 Yen. More information here.
- Mikimoto Pearl Island . Has a museum celebrating the local inventor of the cultured pearl, and demonstrations by Ama (woman pearl divers). English guidance available. Five minutes walk from Toba Station. Open 8:30am - 5:00pm daily. Admission: adults ¥1500.
- Toba Aquarium  Among the best in Japan. This aquarium houses such animals as dugongs, African manatees, dolphins, and a wide-variety of aquatic life. The admission fee is ¥2400 for adults, and ¥1200 for children.
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