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Shima Peninsula

Shima PeninsulaMap of Shima Peninsula Shima Peninsula is a peninsula in the east part of Mie Prefecture.
It is about 50 km from east to west and about 30 km from north to south in width.
Ise city and Toba city are on the northern coast.

The whole coastline is indented, and there are many bays and coves.
Especially Matoya Bay, Ago Bay and Gokasho Bay are the main bays in this paninsula.

This peninsula is broadly mountainous.
Small towns and villages are dotted near the coast. And the farming of pearl shells and oysters are the main industry in this area.
We can see the many wooden rafts for shell farming in the quiet coves.

And there are more than 1,000 "ama" in this area.
Ama is a woman fisher who dives under the sea with only mask and catches expensive abalones and the other shells or seaweeds.
Of course, men are not lazy. They go fishing in the sea by ship.
Amas have worked near their home and husbands.

This area has been designated as Ise-Shima National Park.

Ise-Shima Skyline /1/

Ise-Shima Skyline It is a toll road between Ise and Toba, and the length is about 16.3 km.
It is a scenic road running on the ridge line of Mount Asama (555 meters high), and there is an observatory at the level of 506 meters near the top.
From there, we can see the view of Ise and Toba cities, Ise Bay, some islands and Atsumi Peninsula. In the early morning in winter, we can see Mount Fuji sometimes if it is very fine.
The entrance on Ise side is near Naikuu of Ise Shrine, and the one on Toba side is about 1 km west of Toba station.
Basically no route bus is operated on this road. (For seeing sunrise of the New Year, they are opearated for a few days of the New Year.)

Pearl Road /2/

Pearl Road It is a scenic road about 23.8 km long, and runs along the east coast of Shima Peninsula.
The north entrance is located about 7 km southeast of Toba station, and the south entrance is Ugata at the central district of Shima city.
On the hill about 7 km from the north entrance, there is Toba Observatory. We can see the vast Pacific Ocean from there. And it has a restaurant and a few shops.
Also this road leads to Shima Spain Village.

Shima Spain Village /3/

Shima Spain Village It is a amusement and resort park at the southeast part of Shima Peninsula.
It is near Matoya Bay, and is located about 4 km north of Ugata district.
The central facility is PARQUE ESPAÑA, and is a Spanish-themed amusement park. There are many attractions in the spanish towns.
And a large hotel and a bath facility is in the park.

Shima Spain Village official website

Cape Daiozaki /4/

Cape Daiozaki It is the cape located at the southeast corner of Shima peninsula. It is about 10 km southeast of Ugata.
There is a white lighthouse built in 1927 on the cliff at the tip of the cape. We can enter into the lighthouse.
There is a fishery harbor near the cape, and many fish shops line along the way to the cape.
This area is known as "town of painters". Because the lighthouse and the houses on the slopes make the nice scenery, painters often visit here.
It is said that the scenery looks like Nice in France.

Ago Bay /5/

Ago Bay It is a bay located on the southeast coast. It is surrounded by long Sakishima Peninsula like a breakwater, and the sea is quiet.
The coastline is very indented, and there are about 50 small islands in the bay.
Since ancient times, this bay has been produced pearl shells. Kokichi Mikimoto, who succeeded pearl cultivation first in the world in 1898, had cultivated the peral shells in this bay.
This bay still produces the pearl shells. And it produces much green laver.

From Kashikojima, a pleasure boat touring around Ago Bay is operated. It takes about 1 hour.

Two observatories to see the view of Ago Bay are famous.
One is Tomoyama Observatory, and is located to the east of the bay. The other is Yokoyama Observatory, and is located to the north of the bay.
No route bus leads to both observatory. We must visit by taxi or rental car.

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How to get to here

By railroad

From Toba by limited express of Kintetsu Line, about 24 minutes to Ugata, about 30 minutes to Kashikojima.

By route bus

  • From Ugata station, about 13 minutes to Shima Spain Village terminal.
  • From Ugata station, by route bus to Goza-kou, about 19 minutes to Nakiri stop (Cape Daiozaki).

By car

  • From Naikuu to Toba through Ise-Shima Skykine, about 15 km.
  • From Toba to Ugata through Pearl Road, about 16 km to Toba Observatory, about 30 km to Shima Spain Village, about 34 km to Ugata.
  • From Ugata, about 3 km to Kashikojima, about 4 km to Yokoyama Observatory, about 13 km to Tomoyama Observatory, about 10 km to Cape Daiozaki.

Ise-Shima Skyline
A view from Mount Asama
Photo by Kougashitsu-kabegami
Foot bath on Mount Asama
Lucky view of Mt.Fuji
A view from Toba Observatory on Pearl Road
Photo by Kougashitsu-kabegami
Matoya-Bay bridge on Pearl Road
Photo by Kougashitsu-kabegami
Shima Spain Village
Photo by Dontokoi Neko-bike
A street in Shima Spain Village
Photo by Dontokoi Neko-bike
A square in Shima Spain Village
Photo by Dontokoi Neko-bike
Cape Daiozaki
A view of Ago Bay from Tomoyama Observatory
A view of sunset from Tomoyama
A view from Ago Bay from Yokoyama Observatory
Ama around Shima Peninsula

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