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Visiting Ama (Female Divers) Hunt on the Seaside Village in Toba (SWA051)

2015.01.29

Introduction

Ise-Shima area has been playing a specified role to offer seafood to Ise-Jingu shrine since ancient days, and so there are traditional and unique Ama cultures. Especially Oosatu, a seaside village located in Toba-city is characterized by its distinctive life based on fishery and deep worship for the sea deities. In this tour, visitors can talk with real professional Ama divers in their hut in the seaside, as well as enjoy fresh seafood and their folklore dance.

Price per person
48,300 yen for 1 person
40,100 yen for 2 persons
37,300 yen for 3 persons
35,900 yen for 4 persons

Tour Detail

Tour Style
This is a short trip program.
- Some programs are not conducted on daily basis. Please ask us for availability first.
- Programs are offered in English, but other languages may be available. Please ask us for your desired language.

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“Visit Japan” special menu ― for about 1 hour 30 min
Spiny lobster, and abalone are available as an additional order. If you require any extra food menu, please tell it when you make an order of this tour. The pricing is changeable depending on sea condition and weather.

Meeting Place
At the infront of Nana-chan doll of Meitetsu Department Store
Group Size
1~4 persons *Please ask us if your groups is 5 persons or more.
Duration
10 hours
Destination
Tour Itinerary
8:00 start

Kintetsu Nagoya Station→Toba Station→Adakoguchi bus stop→Ama hut “Hachiman”→Ama Musuem→Shinmei shrine (Ishigami-san)→Ishigami-san bus stop→Kintetsu Toba Station→Kintestu Nagoya Station

◆ Ama hut “Hachiman”
"Hachiman" is a rare and true ama divers hut, facing their fishery site! Ama, professional female divers actually use this hut for taking a meal, changing their clothes, warming themselves after diving. Visitors can meet real ama divers and feel atmospheres of their real lives. Ama divers in Osatsu are so powerful, cheerful and filled with a great hospitality, that they can make visitors happy and pleasant. They are like a Deity of Sea. Such ama divers will broil fresh seafood with charcoal fire, and provide interesting talks and folklore dance.

◆“Visit Japan” special menu ― for about 1 hour 30 min
Spiny lobster, and abalone are available as an additional order. If you require any extra food menu, please tell it when you make an order of this tour. The pricing is changeable depending on sea condition and weather.

◆Ama Museum
This museum displays and shows historical exhibitions and actual diving utensils used by ama divers, so that visitors can feel and know history and cultures of ama divers. The black pine tree close to this museum is known as a “Shoryu-no-matsu” which literally means “Pine tree of a dragon rising into the sky. It is believed that touching this pine tree and praying for something, it will come true.

◆ Ishigami-san (in the precinct of Shinmei shrine)
Ishigami-san is one of the subsidiary shrines located in the precinct of Shinmei shrine. Its official name is "Ishi jinja," but called "Ishigami-san" by the nickname, and has been worshipped by ama divers and local people.The worshipped goddess is Tamanori-hime-no-mikoto, who is a mother of the fisrt emperor Jinmu. This small shrine is getting more and more popular and visited by many female people, because it is said this shrine makes one prayer made by a woman comes true.A happy charm against evil, called "Doman Seman" is also loved by many people.
What's Included
Guiding fee, Public transportation fee (For taxis or hired cars, additional fee will be charged.), Admission fee, Lunch
What's not Included
Cost of meal and sightseeing activities
Tour Tips
Booking process

1. Please ask us for availability through ‘contact us’ form and make sure to write the number of participants and date.

2. We will check the availability and come back to you within 2 business days.

3. Payment request will be sent via Paypal.

4. Reservation is done upon receiving your payment. Confirmation e-mail will be sent to you.

Payment

- Program fees shall be paid through Paypal. Currently, no other payment method is accepted.

Cancellation Policy

Reservations may be cancelled without charge up to 15 days prior to the program date.

Reservations cancelled less than 14 days before the program date will incur the following charges:

- Between 14 days and 3 days: 20% of the program charge

- 2 days in advance: 50% of the program charge

- Less than a day or no show: 100% of the program charge

*Time is in JST.

Conditions

- Please follow the guide's instruction during the program. We shall not be responsible for any accident caused by disregard of the instructions.

- Program duration is an estimate and is subject to change depending on the number of participants and/or conditions without prior notice.

- Please advise us if there are any religious or health restrictions, allergies, or any case where special care is needed when you ask us for availability.

- Deadline for booking a program is 5 business days prior to the program date.