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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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  • If you are not interested in the pearl industry no need to go & the poor sea lady just picking sea weed off the seabed. 
  • Amazed at the large Pearl was no room looks much higher admission fees, was exhibited at the gift shop. Please see other staff I was surprised, but not easily seen, so I went.
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  • Cultured pearls, known worldwide many places made the great Pearl collection. Is worth a look. Also cold Mediterranean woman with I's and enjoyed the show. Understand about the Pearl. This is the place you want to visit if you're coming to the Toba.
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  • Far more interesting than I was expecting. The museum covered the biology of oysters, the process of forming natural pearls and the techniques for cultivating pearls. Then there was a section on the sorting and production of jewelleries pearls. All the exhibits had an excellent explanation in English and the staff even gave us a short talk in English about the pearl cultivation process. The diving demonstration was ok, they had a recording of the English translation that they could play if you ask. There are also exhibits of old pearl jewellery upstairs in the museum and a separate well sized shop.
  • Worth a visit to learn of AME and Ise life. Interesting to learn of mikimoto a true entrepreneur.
  • A museum on the science behind cultured pearls, an excellent collection of antique jewellery and a fascinating exposition of Mikimoto's life are nestled within an immaculately kept zen garden. If Queen Elizabeth visited, an oak was planted to commemorate that, so should you.
  • Fascinating history on the pearl business. Highly educational.
  • A wonderful museum about pearls. Rare exposition of Pearls miniature