The holy of holies in Japan &, the birthplace of the cultured pearl with a private guide
Ise-Shima National park is characterized by its beautiful coastline with many bays and inlets.
There are a lot of sightseeing spots in the area.
Ise Jingu is the supreme among the many Shinto sanctuaries in Japan.
Another fun activity of a pilgrimage is walking around "Okage Yokocho" （Thanks Alley）outside the shrine's grounds.
where you may feel as if you stepped back in the Edo period （1603-1868）.
Mikimoto Pearl Island is now the only place where you can see Ama in the traditional white diving wear.
From the Ama Stand, visitors can enjoy watching the Ama's demonstration.
Basic concept of this tour is meeting you at your hotel in Osaka and seeing you off at your hotel .
However, if you stay in Kyoto or Nagoya, I am happy to pick you up and sending you back to Kintetsu stations. In that case the estimated amount of your local cash varies depending on the starting location.
Meet at your hotel lobby in Osaka
8:30 your hotel
9:33 (9:11) Uehonmachi station (Osaka)
11:22 (11:01) Isuzugawa station (Mie)
Isuzugawa station to naiku (10 minutes bus)
11:40 Oharai-Street and Okage-Alley (lunch)
12:30 Grand Shrine of Ise (Inner shrine)
13:30 Naiku-mae to Isuzugawa by bus
13:45 Isuzgawa to 13:57 Toba (Kintetsu line) 300 yen
14:15 Mikimoto Pearl Island (Pearl Museum, the demonstration of women divers)
15:35 Toba station to End location
17:37 Uehonmachi station (Kintetsu line)
18:00 estimated finish time
An optional tour; Ama hut experience (1. 5 hours)
Price (lunch time): More than 4 people 3500yen/ person
The hut gives a first-hand look at the women divers.
You can try meals cooked over the fire while chatting to the ama (woman divers) at the hut.
Menu: turban shell, short-neck clam, mochi (pounded rice cake), dried fish and other local seafood in season.
The taxi fare is about 5200 yen one way.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel
Duration: 8 hours 30 min.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
9000 Japanese yen - From Osaka
About 9500 yen per person from Kyoto
About 7500 yen per person from Nagoya
The above amount includes transportation fare and admission fee of Mikimoto Pearl Island.
Lunch: it's up to you
no license for driving a commercial car
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Hide was very knowledgeable of the Grand Shrine of Ise and Mikimoto Pearl Island. And of the Japnese history and culture.I was entranced with the Ama divers as they dived, came up with a clam and their whistle breathing routine. Hide will always double check train directions and time. Heide has excellent social skills and was truly very courteous.