This tour includes Cruise in Toba Bay with its ria coast and Bicycle Ride and Walking in Toshi-jima Island. It also provides you with two optional sites - you can select either going to Mikimoto Pearl Island or Toba Aquarium. This tour provides you with exercise, cruising and learning. For cruising, please watch my video attached in this homepage.
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At Ticket gate of Toba Station
Total about 30 minutes Ocean Cruise in Toba Bay
One to Two hours of Bicycle riding ( 8 km ) and walking ( 30 minutes ) in Toshi-jima Island
Enjoy fresh sea foods in Toshi-jima Island
Optional Tour - Mikimoto Pearl ( Pearl Museum and Ama Diving Show ) Island or Toba Aquarium ( One of the Largest Aquarium in Japan )
If you are fed up with noise and crowd in the sightseeing places you visited so far, this tour may give you another feature of Japanese attractions. After 15 minutes ocean cruise watching Islands in ria-type coastline, you will be filled with only calm and quiet. The sounds you can hear in the island will be just coming from waves and birds. Yet, it is the island inhabited. While Cycling on the road, breeze from the ocean and beautiful scenery will heel and refresh you. Only 15 minutes cruise will bring you different world. After returning from Toshi-jima Island, you can select next destination from two optional sites. One is the Mikimoto Pearl Island where cultured pearls is first developed in the world. You can learn about how pearls are cultured in the museum of the island. Furthermore, there is Ama (Woman Fishing Divers ) demonstration show near the sea every hour. The other site is Toba Aquarium. It is one of the largest aquarium in Japan. About 1,200 kinds of sea animals are kept there.
Guide fee, Guide's transportation cost to the meeting point, Bicycle Insurance, Bicycle Rental fee
For the tourist and the guide:
Lunch, Cruising fee (1080 yen/person for round trip), Admission for Mikimoto Pearl Island (1,500 yen/person) or for Toba Aquarium (2,500 yen/person) are not included.
One Way Train ticket to Toba Station (Kintetsu Line) :
From Nagoya: 3090 yen (Limited Express)
From Ugata: 440 yen (Normal Train)
From Nanba, Osaka: 3720 yen(Limited Express)
From Kyoto: 3660 yen(Limited Express)
If the tourist comes from Osaka, Kyoto or Nagoya and plan to stay in Ise-Shima Area more than 1 night, the guide recommends that the tourist purchases "Mawaryanse" train tickets. The ticket includes Limited express train ticket with seat reservation for round trip, cruising ticket and admission for some facilities such as Mikimoto Pearl Island (1,500 yen) and Toba Aquarium (2,500 yen). And other benefits are included in it. The ticket costs only 11,300 yen/person (including handling charge ) and it will enable the tourist even travel from Nagoya to Kyoto or Osaka or vice versa through Toba station. The ticket is effective for 4 days. Other than repeated visit to the same facility, the tourists can get free entry to listed facilities during the period. Of course, the tourist who wants one day trip can enjoy benefits from the ticket too. Since it is only sold in Japan, the guide can arrange it on behalf of the tourist upon receipt of the tourist's request. Then, the both parties will discuss how to hand over the ticket to the tourist by e-mail.
In case of sudden cancellation of returning ship due to bad weather, the tourist is expected to bring some extra cash to stay over in the island ( please note some accommodation facilities may not accept credit card. )
Since this tour is carried out through one to tow hours riding on Bicycle and walking as well as total 30 minutes cruising, the tourist is expected to be healthy and prepared to wear casually. Also, the tourist must follow the traffic rules that the guide will explain during the tour. The guide shall bring the following items and service for the tourist.
1) Bicycle - 20 inches wheel with front and rear lights
2) Helmet - available only 1 size. So, it may not fit well depending on the tourists head size.
3) Bicycle Locks
4) Bicycle Insurance
In addition, the guide recommends that the tourist wear hard-sole sports shoes if available. Also bringing a rain wear is advisable, just in case if raining ( using an umbrella while riding on the bicycle is illegal in Japan )
Please note that depending on the weather conditions, the cruising is not available. In that case, the guide shall alternativey provide the tourist with other tour such as visiting Ise shrine including the optional sites after consulting with the guest at the meeting place.
My group of 6 visited Toba on a private shore excursion with Ted. He was extremely knowledgeable with the area and guided us through the Ise Shrine on one of the busiest days of the year. We enjoyed a delicious local lunch and visited Mikimoto Island & the shops. Our tour went overtime but Ted was most gracious and stayed with us throughout the day without extra charges. He made sure we got back to our cruise dock to catch the last tender boat. We highly recommend Ted to all those visiting Toba & the surrounding areas. You will not be disappointed.
Dear Nina-san, Thank you very much for your nice and warm comment. I also have enjoyed guiding you all to those areas. Ise-shrine was exceptionally crowded this year and so people were lining everywhere and moved slowly. I really appreciate your patience. Regarding the overtime, I just adjusted the closing time after finding the last departure time of tender boat, as the ship arrived at the port late in the morning. If you have a chance to visit Japan again, please remember my name as I handle not only Ise and Toba areas but also Chubu region and some Kansai areas too. I hope to see you all again in the future.
Tet did an excellent job touring our group of four from Toba to the Ise Shrine and market using public transportation. He provided good information about Shintoism and a comfortable pace to cover what we wanted to see. Tet speaks English well and is recommended for cruise passengers stopping in Toba.
Dear Wendy-san, Thank you very much for your nice and warm comment. I truly enjoyed the guiding you to those areas. Only an unfortunate thing was Sengu-kan museum was closed on that date. If we had visited there, you could have easily drawn a clear picture on magnificent size and view of the main shinto building in Geku. If you have another chance to visit there, please visit it. Not only I handle Toba or Ise areas, but also I handle the areas in Chubu region although my tours on those areas are not listed in Triple Lights. But I am ready for those areas if you give me an inquiry. If you have chance to visit Japan again, I would really appreciate your remembering my name. I hope I can see you and your friends again in the future.
The day was not as planned. The Ise Shrine was closed for an Emporial visit. The contingency plan was to visit a sub-shrine with a tour on the skyline route. However, this plan had to be scrapped as the weather was terrible with very low cloud so there would have been no visibility. Plan C was to visit the Shinto museum associated with the Ise shrine. Nothing here was in English so Tetsuya had to translate everything. He did an excellent job answering all of ourquestions.
Dear Rod-san, Thank you very much for your making comment on this tour. Though the weather was not favourable for us, we could manage to carry out the tour smoothly with your help and patience. As you may already know, we will have Olympic in Tokyo the next year. We are expecting more foreign guests will visit Japan then. I am hoping more people also stop by Ise and Toba areas on the way to or back from Tokyo. If you are planning to re-visit Japan, I would appreciate it if you would give me a chance to guide you Ise shrines or some other areas at that time. Thank you again and please enjoy the balance of your trip. Beste regards, Tetsuya Ted Tanahashi
We booked Tetsuya for a full day trip around Ise and Toba .He recommended cheap 4 day train/bus/attractions pass and purchased them on our behalf and then got train tickets and reserved seats for us as it was not available on internet from Australia. His English is very good and his written communications are excellent. He was always happy to answer any questions and offered itinerary suggestions and a timetable for the day. We were amazed at the time & effort Tetsuya put in to providing us with a memorable day. He is very knowledgeable on all sites we visited and looks much younger than his profile photo suggests.? We recommend him unreservedly for any guide services you may be considering.
Dear Andrew-san and Judy-san, Thank you very much for your comments. I am quite delighted to have had the opportunity to meet and show the both of you around Ise and Toba. As you suggested, I am hoping that I can travel to Australia someday. For now, I am preparing to make new tour. That will include the words " samurai", "tea ceremony" and "Japanese garden". If you have chance to come to Japan in the next big holidays, please try to experience it. Thank you again for selecting my tour, and I hope that you will enjoy rest of your trip. Bon voyage !