Mikimoto Pearl Island, Toba

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If you love pearls or want to know how cultured pearls are produced, visit Mikimoto Pearl Island, a museum about pearl cultivation built on an island in the Bay of Toba, featuring a unique collection of antique jewelry and modern design handcrafts. You can learn the life story of a pioneer of pearl farming in Japan, Mikimoto Kokichi, who started the business here in 1893, told in meticulous detail. Watch female "ama" divers, traditional planters and harvesters of oysters, stage hourly performances, and browse through a homegrown handcrafted collection on sale. The island has a bridge connection to the mainland and sits five minutes walk from Toba station. Put Mikimoto Pearl Island into our Toba travel route planning website to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Toba.
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  • October 3, 2017
    Meet the AMA's. That's it! It is a museum. You can see the history of pearls and sparkling pearls, Pearl it! unless you are really interested, isn't too young to enjoy some.
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  • September 20, 2017
    Nice place!!. A good museum, clearly exhibit about pearls: history, uses and technics!. Price: ¥1,500/person Two hours of Nagoya by train (included in JRPass). Sell pearls are very expensive. Take cas...  more »
  • September 20, 2017
    Demonstration of diving of Pearl women who went to collect oysters once. Very didactic exhibition on Pearl farming. Store tr! of well stocked. A must see!
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