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Mikimoto Pearl Island, Toba
(3.7/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
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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  • It costs 1500yen per person and we spent a good 2 hours there. The pearl museum was educational and there was a memorial hall museum of the late owner of Mikimoto Pearls. We also watched the women div...  more »
  • I went because I came up to Toba. I'm less human because it was a weekday, still shell take demonstration of Pearl diving in, well is there, a little souvenir of joy after I. To take admission did not particularly cheap, feature is not there, not too impressed with.
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  • Staff and instead went to the surprising admission, so hesitant. Even though it was a weekday parking lot was full. Located on the backside of the Toba Aquarium. Is through the walking entrance and a stone of the heart, but likely. AMA's performances on a regular basis. On-site broadcasting is so easy to understand. You can see in pretty close. Pearl selling has been reasonable in. That looks pretty small. Ise-Shima Summit photos and exhibits there is fun.
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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