The tour includes total 80 minutes cruise by a regular liner and walking in the island called "Kami-shima", which is the location of Yukio Mishima's novel titled "The Sound of Waves". The island is located 14 km off the coast of Toba, Mie. Only 300 people live there. The beauty of untouched nature and landscapes that you can only find in isolated island shall fascinate you.
Check out what we are going to do.
Feel free to personalize this offer.
Basically, at Toba Station. ( It can be changed in some extent such as Nagoya station, Ise-shi station, Toba Marine Terminal. Ugata station and Kashikojima station )
Viewing the Rias Coastline, which is registered as National Park, from the ship, with breeze and smell of the ocean.
Stroll in the area of Japanese fishery village, explaining unique custom and lifestyle.
Visit each spots that Yukio Mishima's Novel
Karst Rocks - Exposed Large Limestones Rocks in unique shapes that have been eroded over the years by rain.
Walk on 4 km nature trail in the Island in calm and peaceful surrounding, enjoying ocean-view, sound of waves and bird's singing,
Wide Ocean view with dotted fishing boats from the trail and observatory decks.
Flexible meeting point would help you meet the guide easily. According to your request, meeting point can be changed in some extent, such as Nagoya station, Ugata Station, or Kashikojima Station, with some additional charge. It will be suitable for the tourist who will come from Nagoya, Tokyo, or stays in a hotel in neighboring cities.
Basically, at Toba Station. ( It can be adjusted to the same location as the meeting point )
If you are fed up with noise and crowds in usual sightseeing areas, if you start losing interest in visiting temples, shrines and samurai houses, or if you want to refresh yourself in the middle of your planned trip, this tour must be the one that will fill your wishes. After 40 minutes cruise, you are in the fishing village on the island. The guide will explain to you unique living style of local people. From observatory places, you will spot many fishing boats in the ocean. They continue to live on fishing only.
About 3km nature trail runs around the island. It runs over hills and along the beach. On the trail, you will enjoy the bird's singing, natural plants and trees, and hear the sound of waves and find seashells and sea-animals on the beach. In addition to being filled with nature and peaceful surrounding, you might feel you are one of the characters in the Novel "The Sound of Waves" as you visit the sites the novel is set in ( The guide can read a part of the story at each spot where the location meets the story if my hoarse voice do not bother you. )
Since we have about 4 hours in the island, we walk slowly and spend much time in each spot. Let's forget being pressed for time in this tour !
This tour brings you unexperienced features. After completing the tour, you will be refreshed and will be ready to go for the next day.
The Guide Fee only
Train Charge for the Guide (round between the guide's residence and Toba Station) : 2900 yen
Cruise fee (you and guide) between Toba port and Kami-shima by regular liner ship: 1480 yen/person (round trip)
If you wish to change meeting point, please feel free to contact me. I will return to you with information on additional cost and adequate meeting time.
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 some 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. )
As the tour includes walking on the unpaved road, going up and down on small mountains as well as waling on the beach, the guest is expected to wear casual outfits and sports shoes ( pants and hiking boots would be ideal )
Since the island is not well organized for travelers, there are a few places to eat and even to buy something. So, the tourist may need to buy a lunch box or a sandwitch beforehand though the guide will try to find a restaurant on the island.
Please note that depending on the weather conditions, the cruising may not be available. In that case, the guide shall alternatively provide the tourist with other tour such as visiting Ise shrine ncluding the optional sites at the same price after consulting with the tourist 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 !