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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. A visit to Mikimoto Pearl Island represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Toba itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • A visit to Milimoto pearl island costs ¥1500 for and adult and you need to spend about two to three hours to make the most of the visit. There is a demonstration in English at twenty minutes past the ...  more »
  • I spent 3 hours looking through the museum. Lots of information for the uninitiated (me!), regarding pearl oysters, types of pearls, the culture process, the cultivation of the pearl oysters, the how ...  more »
  • If you are not interested in the pearl industry no need to go & the poor sea lady just picking sea weed off the seabed.  more »