Where is Ise shima?

Ise shima is Located on the Kii Peninsula, on the south east coast of Mie Prefecture in or around Ise-Shima National Park, which include the cities Ise, Toba, Shima, and parts of the town of Minami-Ise. The peninsula extends out into the Pacific Ocean, and unlike the factory-dotted coast of Ise Bay, the main industry is seafood and marine products, particularly pearl cultivation. Recently the number of tourist has been increasing due to Ise shima summit 2016, however this area had been popular among travelers. There are many resort hotel and pleasant swimming beaches on the Pacific Coast. Also it has Japan's most sacred Shinto shrine. Toba long associated with Mikimoto pearls and pearl divers. Magical sunsets at Ago-wan - the new pearl cultivation center is amazing. You can enjoy a boat trip off the beautiful coast. And furthermore you can have relaxing onsen hot springs there. Ise-Shima is also famed for fresh seafood, particular oysters.

What's the weather like in Ise shima?

The climate is warm and temperate in Ise shima. It has a significant amount of rainfall during the year. This is true even for the driest month. The average annual temperature is 16.0°Cin Ise shima. The average annual rainfall is 2178 mm. The driest month is January, with 64 mm of rainfall. With an average of 331 mm, the most precipitation falls in September. The warmest month of the year is August, with an average temperature of 26.3°C January has the lowest average temperature of the year. It is 5.8 °C.

°F 42 43 48 57 64 71 77 77 80 65 56 47
°C 5.8 6.1 9.1 13.9 17.9 21.4 25.2 26.3 23.5 18.2 13.0 8.1

Regieons Main cities


Located at the edge of Ise wan(bay) in the southern part of Mie Prefecture. 1/3 of Ise City is forestland owned by Ise Jingu, an ancient Shinto shrine over 2000 years old and considered to be Japan's religious and spiritual center. Ise City and Ise Jingu are a destination for almost 7 million visitors per year.
Most of tourists come to pay respects to Japan's ancestry and to pray for peace, safety and prosperity.
With its beautiful natural landscape, the combination of mountains and the sea, crystal clean rivers, the rich natural history and the abundance of delicious seafood.


You can enjpy beautiful ocean, islands, and an unique traditional woman shell diver culture. There are many recreational facilities and accommodations, hot springs, and excellent cuisine. It is located at the northeastern end of the Shima-hanto Peninsula in Mie. You can find the castle town of the Kuki family who ruled this region from the 16th century. It was also a landing spot for visitors on the sea route to Ise-jingu Shrine and belongs to Ise-Shima National Park.


It is located within Ise-shima National Park in Mie Prefecture. The Shima Peninsula is home to Japan's most sacred Shinto shrines, the Ise Shrines, and is a popular leisure resort area. Attractions besides the Ise Shrines include several theme parks and pearl cultivation along the peninsula's rugged coast. The peninsula has been designated as Ise-Shima National Park for its natural beauty and cultural importance.


  • Matsusaka-shi
  • Meiwa-cho
  • Tamaki-cho
  • Watarai-cho
  • Minamiise-cho
  • Taiki-cho

Access to Ise shima

Ise shima is easily accessed from popular destinations for tourists or big cities like Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya and even Tokyo!

From Tokyo Tokyo

Tokyo and Nagoya are connected with each other by the JR Tokaido Shinkansen. Nozomi trains require about 100 minutes to reach Nagoya from Tokyo, Hikari trains about 110 minutes and Kodama trains about three hours. Nagoya and surroundings are served by multiple railway companies and six subway lines. Japan Railways (JR) including the Tokaido Shinkansen (bullet train), Meitetsu Railways, Kintetsu Railways, the Aonami Line and two subway lines converge at Nagoya Station.
A network of bus lines complements the rail network, but it is not easy to use for foreigners. The exception is the Meguru loop bus for tourists, which connects Nagoya Station with several of the city's main tourist attractions.

  • Toba JR Station Tel: 0599 25 2066
  • Toba Kintetsu Station Tel: 0599 25 2126
  • Toba Tourist Office Tel: 0599 25 2844
  • Kintetsu Taxi Tel: 0599 25 2538


Ise Jingu Shrine

Ise Jingu includes 125 jinha(Shinto shrine), centered around Kotaijingu(Naiku), dedicated to Amageras-Omikami, and Toyo’ule-daijingu(Geku), dedicated to Toto’ule-no Omikami. It’s area is roughly the same size as Paris, France. More than 1,500 rituals are conducted here yearly to pray for the prosperity of the Imperial family, the peace of the world, and the huge haevest.

The Inner Shrine (内宮, Naikū) is one of the two main shrines making up the Ise Shrines in Ise City. Formally known as Kotai Jingu, the Inner Shrine enshrines Shinto's most venerated deity, the Sun Goddess (Amaterasu Omikami), and is considered Japan's most sacred shrine.

The Inner Shrine is believed to have been established over 2000 years ago. Its main buildings resemble ancient rice granaries and are built in an architectural style that shows almost no influence from the Asian mainland because they predate the introduction of Buddhism. Both, the Inner and Outer Shrine, are rebuilt from scratch every 20 years according to an ancient Shinto tradition. The 62nd rebuilding was completed in 2013. The 63rd rebuilding will take place in 2033.


Okage means "Indebted" or "Thankful" in English. Faithful people in Ise have thanked God for daily natural blessings and health. The area thus was named Okage Yokocho to symbolize local people's spirit of thankfulness. Visitors can fill themselves with the history, custom and human empathy of IseIn the wide premises of Okage Yokocho, 28 structures, which stood on the Ise pilgrimage road to Ise Jingu in the Edo period and Meiji period (1868 to 1912), are relocated or rebuilt. They include food shops, souvenir stores and a museum enabling travelers to enjoy tasting traditional food products in Mie and shopping local specialties.


There is a course that tourists view the blue Ago Bay. Ago Bay is a scenic, island dotted bay with a rugged coastline, located at the southern tip of the Shima Peninsula. The bay is famous for pearl cultivation with many oyster rafts floating in the water. Pearl farming rafts and ria shoreline while sitting a 16th century Spanish galleon type sightseeing ship ""Esperanza"", .which lasts about enjoyable 50 minutes. Shima Marine island has a lot of attractions which include huge ocean sunfish swimming and Ama(female diver) feeding show, "dolphin touch ", "Dr. Fish" is popular also for clean skin. Matsui Pearl Store established in 1905, not only can buy high-quality pearl ornaments, and can enjoy experience that making accessories by yourself in this shop.

Kashikojima Espana Cruise

The 50-minute sightseeing cruise of Ago Bay aboard the Spanish-themed pleasure boat Esperanza stops by at a mock-up cultured pearl factory, where visitors can watch nucleus implanting. The boat has a pleasant lookout deck. Transport hub and departure point of sightseeing boat cruises is Kashikojima, the largest island in Ago Bay. Ranging from 50 minutes to an hour, the cruise tour begins from Kashikojima Port and makes a stop at a pearl factory before returning to the port. The Toba Bay Cruise departs from Toba Marine Terminal and stops at sightseeing spots including Dolphin Island, Mikimoto Pearl Island and Toba Aquarium. Alternatively, catch the picturesque island views of Sakatejima, Sugashima, Toushijima and Kamishima on board longer cruises that ply the waters of Ise Bay.

Shima Marineland

Shima Marineland is the aquarium where ocean sunfish swim, located in Kashikojima, Shima City in Mie.
Here you can meet several ocean sunfish or "carefree fish of the sea" swimming restfully.
Also popular are penguins numbering more than 50 from three species showing adorable gestures, and a feeding demonstration by an Ama diver who attracts and feeds schools of large fish in the aquarium.
Enjoy meeting highly interesting and diverse marine life!
Unlike most aquariums, Shima Marineland offers an interesting angle by showcasing the evolution of living sea creatures. In line with its archaic theme, the aquarium is designed like ammonites, an extinct group of marine mollusks that are closely related to the living Nautilus. There are a total of six core attraction areas, including the unique ancient aquarium where visitors can learn the history of life through marine fossils and touch them. Highlights include the heavy-weight ocean sunfish that weighs in tons and a rare specimen of a giant octopus with 96 tentacles! Look out for feeding demonstrations by Ama, traditional native female divers, in the largest tank of the aquarium that also houses 2,500 fishes of roughly 50 different species.

Dolphin Island (Iruka-jima)

Iruka Jima, or Dolphin Island, just off the coast of Toba Bay and part of the Ise Shima National Park is one of eight great tourist destination islands administered by Toba City. Ride a Flower Mermaid ferry, richly decorated inside, and painted with flowers and rainbows on the outside, or a Steam Ship, the Iseji, or the rather fancy looking Ryugu-Jo ferry boat, decorated in the images of the Japanese fairy-tale character, Urashima Taro, who saved a turtle from harm, and in turn was taken to the Kingdom Below the Sea, (Ryugu-Jo) where he was treated with much kindness.
Once on Dolphin island, you can swim, snorkel or fish in the inviting clear waters in summer. The island is small enough to walk around and is easily navigated with a Mini Orienteering guide map. If the conditions are right, you can even see Mt. Fuji in the distance! The view from the tower is of calm sparkling waters, dotted with strings of small, round, tree covered islands, some forming chains almost like rows of green pearls floating in a green blue brine.

Mikimoto Pearl Island

This is the island where Kokichi Mikimoto successfully cultivated pearls for the first time in the world in 1893. Japan’s pearl industry started its development from this island. Since 1951 when it was opened to the general public, the island has become one of the sightseeing spots representing Chubu region and has been attracting about 250,000 tourists every year. This green island floating in Toba Bay has Pearl Museum showing the history of pearl from ancient times and spectacular works of art using pearl, Kokichi Mikimoto Memorial Hall introducing his eventful life and Pearl Plaza offering a glorious view of Toba Bay and selling a variety of pearl jewelry. Demonstration of ama (women divers) diving is made to commemorate their essential contributions to pearl culture. This is a rare opportunity even in Japan to meet ama in traditional white diving wear.