Mikimoto Pearl Island is a small island located in Ise Bay Mie Prefecture, Japan that can be accessed via bridge. It is widely known in Japan as the birthplace of cultured pearl. Japan's pearl industry was started in this island.
The famous Kokichi Mikimoto, the first person who successfully in cultivated pearls in the world in 1893 happened to be borned in this island.
The island was opened in 1951 and become one of sightseeing spot in Chubu Region.
The most popular attraction in this island is the Pearl Museum which shows the history of pearl from the ancient times. The museum also offers the explanation about pearls and the cultivation of pearl in Japanese and English and lastly, It also exhibits works of art using pearls.
Kokichi Mikimoto Memorial Hall is also found in the island as well as the Pearl Plaza that offers a view of Toba Bay together with a variety of pearl jewelry.
The island also offers hourly performances of a female pearl divers, known as Ama.
The island is located near Toba Station (Sangu Line).
Additionally, Toba is connected with Nagoya via JR rapid trains and Osaka via the Kintetsu limited express trains.
The museum opens at 8:30 to 17:00. Closed every second Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in December. Admission fee is 1500 Yen.
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