Written by Vern Begg
About the Author:
Trying new experiences and meeting people is what drives my passion for traveling. In Japan, there is always something new to try and the friendly nature of Japanese people ensures that these opportunities will be fun and educational. I especially enjoy being outside and doing activities that involve nature.
The natural beauty of Ise-Shima is breathtaking and from the right vantage point, you can see dozens of small islands in the quiet waters off of the coast. Strategically placed in the water between the islands there are also many oyster farms that produce some of the most beautiful cultured pearls on the planet.
Caption: The calm waters in Ise-Shima are perfect for oyster farming.
After arriving at Kashikojima Station, it was clear that Shima city had a thriving pearl harvesting industry. The many jewellery shops and pearl-themed businesses in the area around the station created a quaint atmosphere that can only be found in places where people make their living from the sea. The Akoya oysters that are local to this area produce what many people consider to be the world’s most valuable cultured pearls.
Caption: Many of the shops near Kashikojima Station are connected to the pearl industry.
Caption: The boat tour was relaxing and informative.