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Ago Bay (pp, Agowan) 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. The art of pearl cultivation was first mastered by Mikimoto Kokichi in 1893. Mikimoto was born and grew up on the Shima Peninsula, not far from Ago Bay.

One hour sightseeing boat cruises of Ago Bay are offered on a large pirate ship, which make a round course in the deeper waters of the bay. Passengers have the option between regular seats and seats in a special room with classic interior at a small surcharge.

Transport hub and departure point of sightseeing boat cruises is Kashikojima, the largest island in Ago Bay. The boat piers and Kashikojima Station, the terminal station of the Kintetsu Railway Line, are all located within walking distance of each other on Kashikojima.

One of the best places to get a view of Ago Bay is the Yokoyama Observation Deck on the slopes of Mount Yokoyama. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the southern islands dotting the bay from 200 meters above sea level. Travelers without their own car can reach the observation deck in a 30-45 minute walk (one way) from Shima-Yokoyama Station.

Getting there and around

Kashikojima Station is the final station of the Kintetsu Shima Line, providing convenient access to Ago Bay. From Iseshi Station, the trip to Kashikojima takes 45 minutes and costs 1340 yen by limited express train or 70 minutes and 820 yen by local train. From Toba, it takes 30 minutes and costs 1080 yen by limited express train or 40 minutes and 560 yen by local train. Limited express trains connect all the way to Nagoya, Osaka and Kyoto.

How to get to and around the Shima Peninsula

Hours and Fees

Sightseeing Cruises

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Hotels around Ise Shima

    • Glamp Ocean Iseshima
      A village of luxurious glamping domes commanding far reaching horizon. Opened in 2020. Savor barbeque dinner and breakfast with fresh seafoods by the beautiful private seashore. Bar, pool, shower available.
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    • Ise Guest House Sora
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Ise, within 5.2 km of Ise Grand Shrine and 4.1 km of Oharai-machi, Ise Guest House Sora offers accommodation with free bikes and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. The property is situated 1.5 km from Ise Shrine Geku, 4 km from Sarutahiko Shrine and 5.2 km from Ise-Shima Nat'l Park. The property is non-smoking and is located 38 km from Tsu-k?. At the guest house, each room comes with a wardrobe. Every room has a safety deposit box and certain rooms here will provide you with river views. The units feature a shared bathroom, free toiletries and bed linen. ?minato-k? is 6.5 km from Ise Guest House Sora, while Sun Arena is 7.3 km away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 143 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hoshidekan
      Budget-friendly
      Located 500 metres from Kintetsu Iseshi Train Station, Hoshidekan Ryokan (a member of the Japanese Inn Group) is a wooden building that was built in the 1920's and provides Japanese-style rooms with free WiFi, an LCD TV and traditional futon bedding. It has shared bath and a courtyard garden. Rooms at Hoshidekan have paper screens, a tatami (woven-straw) floor and a low wooden table. An air conditioner, slippers and green tea are provided. Bathrooms and toilets are shared. The Geku Ise Shrine is a 18-minute walk from the hotel. On-site parking is free and requires a reservation. The hotel has baths that can be reserved for private use, and a free-use internet station is provided at the lobby. A coin launderette is available. Guests staying with a meal plan will be served Japanese breakfast in the dining room.
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    • Hinode Ryokan
      Mid-range
      Conveniently located just a 2-minute walk from Iseshi Train Station, Hinode Ryokan is Japanese-style accommodation with a historic charm. Ise-jingu Shrinefs Geku (outer shrine) is a 5-minute walk away. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Ise-jingu Shrinefs Naiku (inner shrine) is a 20-minute bus ride away. Futami Sea Paradise Aquarium can be reached within a 25-minute walk. Fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding, each room comes with facilities like a flat-screen TV, a fridge and an electric kettle. Guests can unwind at a seating area with a low table and cushions. Bathroom and toilets are shared with other guests. Ryokan Hinode offers bicycle rental services on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests can enjoy playing table tennis on site, and drinks vending machines are available. Traditional Japanese set meal can be served for breakfast in the privacy of the guestroom. There are many restaurants around the property, as well.
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    • Ise Guest House Kazami
      Budget-friendly
      Newly built in November 2018 as a dodecagon-shaped building, featuring an indoor garden at the atrium, Ise Guest House Kazami offers dormitory and private rooms. Guests can cook their own meals at the shared kitchen and use free WiFi in the entire building. All rooms feature air conditioning and heating facilities. Bathrooms and toilets are shared. Towels are available for an extra cost. The free-use kitchen provides a microwave, a fridge and an electric kettle. A small library is available for guests to spend their time in. A coin-launderette is on site as well. Kazami Guest House Ise is only a 2-minute walk from JR Iseshi Train Station, 5-minute walk from Ise Shrine and a 10-minute drive from Yamatohime no Miya Shrine. Meoto Iwa Wedded Rocks are a 30-minute train ride away. Free coffee and tea are available, while bread can be purchased on site.
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    • Taikoji Shukubo Hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Taikoji Shukubo Hostel is situated in Ise, 8 km from Ise Grand Shrine. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms are air conditioned and bathroom facilities are shared. Taikoji Shukubo Hostel features free WiFi throughout the property. There is a shared lounge at the property. Instant noodles and instant Japanese curry is available for purchase on site. There is a microwave and an electric kettle in the dining room at Taikoji Shukubo Hostel. Oharai-machi is 8 km from Taikoji Shukubo Hostel, while Ise Sea Paradise is 300 metres away. The nearest airport is Chubu Airport, 39 km from the property. Taikoji Shukubo Hostel is located on a mountain and is accessible via 100 steps from the parking lot.
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    • Weekly Mansion Ise No.6
      Budget-friendly
      Weekly Mansion Ise No.6 offers accommodation in Funaech?. Ise is 1.9 km from the property. Free WiFi is provided . JR Iseshi Station and Ujiyamada Station are both 3 minutes on foot. The accommodation has a flat-screen TV. All units feature a kitchenette fitted with a microwave and toaster. A fridge and stovetop are also offered, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle. Each unit comes with a private bathroom with a bath. Towels are featured. Free-use bicycles are available at the proeprty. Ise Shrine Geku is a 10-minute stroll. Toba is 11 km from Weekly Mansion Ise No.6, while Tsu is 33 km away. The nearest airport is Chubu Airport, 42 km from Weekly Mansion Ise No.6.
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    • Comfort Hotel Ise
      Mid-range
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Comfort Hotel Ise is set in Ise, 5.9 km from Ise Grand Shrine and 3.6 km from Oharai-machi. With free bikes, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking is available on site. At the hotel, each room is fitted with a desk and a flat-screen TV. At Comfort Hotel Ise all rooms have bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet or a continental breakfast. Speaking English and Japanese, staff are always on hand to help at the 24-hour front desk. Tsu-k? is 37 km from Comfort Hotel Ise, while Ise Shrine Geku is less than 1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 143 km from the hotel.
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    • FAV HOTEL ISE
      Luxury
      Featuring 4-star accommodation, FAV HOTEL ISE is set in Ise, 6.6 km from Ise Grand Shrine and 4.2 km from Oharai-machi. The property is located 37 km from Tsu-k?, 700 metres from Ise Shrine Geku and 3.6 km from Sarutahiko Shrine. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. All units in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. All guest rooms will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. ?minato-k? is 6.3 km from FAV HOTEL ISE, while Ise-Shima Nat'l Park is 6.6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 143 km from the accommodation.
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    • Sanco Inn Iseshi-Ekimae Shikinoyu
      Mid-range
      Sanco Inn Iseshi-Ekimae Shikinoyu is located in Ise, 6.4 km from Ise Grand Shrine and 4.1 km from Oharai-machi. Among the facilities at this property are a shared lounge and a 24-hour front desk, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Sarutahiko Shrine is 3.6 km from the hotel and Ise-Shima Nat'l Park is 6.4 km away. The units in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Guest rooms at Sanco Inn Iseshi-Ekimae Shikinoyu include air conditioning and a desk. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Tsu-k? is 37 km from Sanco Inn Iseshi-Ekimae Shikinoyu, while Ise Shrine Geku is 700 metres away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 143 km from the hotel.
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    • Toyoko Inn Iseshi Eki
      Mid-range
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Toyoko Inn Iseshi Eki is situated in Ise, 7.1 km from Ise Grand Shrine and 4.8 km from Oharai-machi. With a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. Private parking is available on site. At the hotel, rooms have a desk and a flat-screen TV. Toyoko Inn Iseshi Eki offers a buffet or Asian breakfast. Staff at the accommodation are always available to provide advice at the reception. Tsu-k? is 37 km from Toyoko Inn Iseshi Eki, while Ise Shrine Geku is 1.2 km from the property. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 129 km from the hotel.
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