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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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  • Speaking of ISE Pearl. Often see the Pearl shop and Museum, here is a Museum of Mikimoto cultured pearls in the world succeeded at first like. You can study the history of pearl cultivation and how. Shoppers in a shop selling high quality Pearl jewellery, but less so general. Usually cheap souvenirs. Once per hour, there was a demonstration of AMA work, with young people do every hour, so it is Mikimoto employee? I think just the admission fee is ¥ 1,500 per person is a little expensive.
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  • MIKIMOTO and staff are truly products. That demonstration of "AMA" who are not so good. However, what was the island itself, where I'm, I'm not. Saturday's I was lonely. I wish to write on the back of the Pearl, or wanted to do that kind of is, or where did not know. How do I put free Islands? At least I thought.
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  • The pearls are farmed in the clean sea of Japan "ISE Bay Toba most became famous for" from recognition of Mr. Mikimoto cultured here. Became famous Mikimoto this Pearl from all over the world.
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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