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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 two types of ships: large pirate ships, which make a round course in the deeper waters of the bay, and smaller, more agile boats, which also pass through the shallower parts of the bay and in between the small islands.

Large pirate sightseeing ship

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.

Yokoyama Observation Deck


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 1190 yen by limited express train or 70 minutes and 680 yen by local train. From Toba, it takes 30 minutes and costs 980 yen by limited express train or 40 minutes and 470 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 & Fees

Sightseeing Cruises


Departures every 30 minutes from 9:30 to 16:30 (until 15:30 from November 1 to March 20)


1600 yen

Hotels around Ise Shima

Tours and Experiences

Page last updated: April 2, 2016