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- Toba aquarium is a nice attraction with the animals generally seeming well looked after. Visiting on a rainy day it was quite busy inside, but the spaces inside were large enough that it did not feel too crowded. It was interesting to watch the staff taking the penguins and sea lions for a watch around areas of the venue and it allowed opportunities to closer interaction.
I was rather unsure about the octopus touch pool. It was an interesting experience; however, there did not seem to be staff monitoring it and the octopuses did not appear happy with being touched.
The aquarium does have few shows and feeding sessions, but I did not have the opportunity to watch any during my visit. For international visitors there is a map and information sheet, as well as signage around the attraction, in English, but more detailed information on exhibits was only in Japanese.
The aquarium is worth a visit if you are in the area; however, I would not travel to Toba just to visit this aquarium.Written 22 May 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Interesting presentation of the history of life in and around the local sea. Dioramas provide detailed information on the people and acquatic animals from the Toba area.Written 15 August 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Was a little underwhelmed by the museum because I came expecting interiors akin to what is usually associated with mikimoto shops. But once we got past the superficial, lots of interesting gems (literally) to be found. One floor dedicated to the history of pearl cultivation worldwide but the prized exhibits were definitely the ones explaining the mikimoto method of pearl cultivation and of course the second floor displaying treasures from the mikimoto vault. Also quite interesting to watch was the life show demonstrating how ama divers look for oysters. A bit pricy but we got a good discount with our kintetsu pass.Written 9 December 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This island is really charming- walking around the island with the fishermen and diving women sitting out taking care of the daily catch, chatting with them and hearing about their life, seeing the lovely village - the best way to explore island life in Japan.Written 5 May 2015
- When we told the staff at our hotel that we were going to be driving along the Pearl Road, they mentioned stopping here. I'm glad they did as otherwise, since it's a bit of a turnoff from the main road and not visible, we might not have realized that there was a lovely restaurant here (as well as a fine view). The food was a bit expensive but, as you can see from the photos, the panoramic setting is beautiful and, if you are in the mood for a nice lunch as opposed to noodles or something super cheap, it is a great spot. I had the 'Toba-ger' which was a creamed shrimp/lobster patty in a bun (plus some fries, salad, dessert and coffee). Actually, considering what we got, in fact it was not expensive (I think it was 1400 or 1500 yen), but there was no food on the menu, except for cake sets, that were under 1000 yen.Written 3 April 2019
- You would think, but they have restricted access to (better) half of the ferry for those paying an additional charge.
The trip from Toba to Irago takes 1 hour. If you go on the last or second last trip, there is a great sunset to watch out the back. Just bring a gas mask as you’re downwind from the diesel fumes.Written 12 October 2019
- I stayed in a traditional inn called Sankaiso with my wife. We ate very fresh sea food including sashimi, raw fish. We also enjoyed fishing and trekking in daytime with beautiful humming birds.
You can also see an old fort.
戦時中の遺構も見られます。Written 7 September 2022
- We had a great time. The beach has soft sand and very flat. The water was a great temperature for spending a lot of time. There was barely a current and for the majority of the 6 hours we were there the swells were under a foot. Not a beach to go to if you are looking to surf but a great beach to go to with kids. It was crowded but fewer people than we were expecting.Written 17 August 2015
- We did a one hour cruise around part of the bay which looked beautiful but unfortunately we were there when the weather was dreadful so we did not see it at its best. The cruise we were on was a bit disappointing as the commentary was only in Japanese so be careful which one you choose.Written 29 October 2019
- Boat trip was fun. You can fine boat to the island in every 30 min. Its was not as we had expected it to be. I felt the amount i had paid it doesn't worth it,but it will be great for nature lover sightseeing was graet.Written 5 January 2020
- Next to train station, you will find this place with many restaurants selling seafood in particular oysters at favourable price. The ladies from the restaurants will open their door to attract you to enter. We didn't try as we were already full with another place inside the city. But will definitely visit them on our next visit.Written 24 December 2019
- We visited them in order to obtain useful information in English to visit Toba. The lady there also recommended us good restaurant to try the seafood.Written 24 December 2019
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