Toba (鳥羽) is a city in Mie, on the island of Honshu.
Toba is a popular tourist destination at the southern entrance to Ise Bay. Toba's greatest claim to fame is as the birthplace of cultured pearls.
Toba also has a number of islands nearby which are accessible by ferry. The two larger islands are Toshijima(答志島) and Sugashima(菅島). Kamishima(神島) is a smaller, more remote island.
phone: +81 599-25-2880address: Toba 3-chome 1484-111Connects Toba to the village of Irago in Tahara, Aichi.
Toba Station is the final station of the Kintetsu Toba and Shima Lines as well as the JR Sangu Line. Most travelers connect at Ise or Shima.
2 hours by limited express kintetsu train from Osaka, 1 hour 35 minutes by limited express Kintetsu train or 1 hour 50 minutes by JR Central's Rapid Service Mie from Nagoya.
The CAN Bus is a service providing unlimited travel around the Ise, Futami, and Toba areas. A 1-day pass is ¥1000 for adults, ¥500 for children. A 2-day pass is ¥1600 and ¥800. More information here.
Mikimoto Pearl IslandA museum celebrating the local inventor of the cultured pearl, and demonstrations by Ama (海女 woman pearl divers). English guidance available.
Toba AquariumVisitors can see African manatees, dolphins, a walrus, and a wide variety of shellfish, among other things. Although the manatees are quite popular, as they are the largest animals in the aquarium, the real gem is the dugong, listed as the "mermaid" in the pamphlet. Toba aquarium is one of only 4 aquariums in the world to display dugong, the others being in Sydney, Singapore, and Jakarta. English guides are available upon request at the information center inside the aquarium.
Many hotels near Toba Station have onsen that are available for day visits.