yAbout the Toba Sea-Folk Museumz

  The Toba Sea-Folk Museum was founded in 1971 to preserve the knowledge and history of Tobafs fishing traditions and culture. We are the only museum inJapan dedicated to understanding the traditions of Tobafs fisher-folk, and the relationship between man and the sea.
For over 40 years the museum has collected and preserved the antique fishing equipment of Mie Prefecturefs fishing villages, and researched the traditions and religion of the areafs fisher-folk

 In 1985 the museum was awarded eImportant Tangible Folk Cultural Propertiesf by@Japanfs Agency for Cultural Affairs, for our collection of over six thousand exhibits about Tobafs ancient fishing traditions and antique fishing equipment.The museum was built in Uramura, outside of Toba city, in order to preserve the fishing heritage of this area for future generations.It took over 6 years to plan and build the museum, and it finally opened to the public in 1993.    
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People love the ocean.The oceans of the world have brougt forth life under the sea. For the Japanese,inhabitants of pacific islands,the ocean has been more signeificant than just a place where peole get food and salt.
The ocean has been used as a highway for trade or as the means of customs and religion etc.since ancient times.Traditions of Sea Folk has been characterized by a long and significant relationship between the ocean and people.





The history of Ama(women diver)fishing dates back to 10000year ago.How could they catch abalones in less than 50 secound without scuba-equipment? Try holding your breath for as long as the Ama,when waching them dive.

In Japan,gods reside everywhere.This is an important point to understand the Faith of Japanese.Gods may settle in a house, in a boat, and even in a small piece of wood. Japanese worship natural phenomena because of this belief. Meet "the Ebisu" god, the Japanese god that brings fortune and harvest.

Ise Bay used to be a favorable fishing area. People would catch just what food they needed for the day. In those days man depended on himself or being developed. "Utase-ami ryo",trawling nets using a sail-boat was one of traditional methods of fishermen.

In the past, dropping octopus-pots, harpooning Marlins, sharks and whales, snatching schools of sand lance by scoop net in the area have been replaced by technological innovation. Don't miss the processing of Katsuo-bushi(dried bonito) and nori(sea weed).Both of which are essential to prepare Japanese dishes.
Industrial waste dicharge and land reclamation have destroyed tidal flats and shallow seaweed areas, the home of small marine life. Thermal pollution from atomic generator plants is affecting the whole environment of the sea. Our daily life easily becomes a source of pollution. It's time to Save Our Seas when we notice S.O.S. signals from marine organisms.

Travel back in the past and hear the sounds of wave with the collection of Japanese original and Asian wooden boats in the museum's ship storage. In Japan, boat builders used to put a spirit called funadama-san in each new boat he made. As boat builders are becoming fewer in number today, unique and traditional construction techniques are disappearing.

We also keep over 90 small wooden fishing boats on display in our special collection room.

Four times a year the museum holds special exhibitions and photo galleries, giving
further opportunities to explore the long relationship between Tobafs fisher-folk and the sea.


The museum is located in a beautiful part of Tobafs countryside close to
the sea, where you can hear the birds singing and appreciate the sea air.
In the museumfs friendly atmosphere you can explore the long relationship
between people and the sea, looking at over 60,000 exhibits.

Design: Naito Architect & Associates Hiroshi Naito
Structural Engineering: Structural Design Group Co.,Ltd(S.D.G) Kunio Watanabe
Door Artwork: Ken-ichi Matsuda
Monument: Susumu Koshimizu
Display Design: Kazuhiro Satomi
Furniture: Shinobu Suga

Size of the museumfs buildings
hall area of the museum - 17,896 m2
hall areas of building - 1,905 m2
collection room - 2,026 m2
research room - 499 m2
experience program room - 387 m2
cafe - 74 m2

Toba Sea-Folk Museum has been awarded several prizes, including

  • Japan Inter-Design Forum Prizeby Japan Inter design Forum
  • Award of Architectural Institute of Japan by Architectural Institute of Japan
  • Award ofPublicBuilding    by The Ministry of Construction.

yOpening timesz
21st March `@30th November@@@9am `@5pm
Opening hours are extended between
1st December `@20th March@@9am `@ 4.30pm

yClosing daysz
The museum will not be open on 26th June`30th June, and 26th December `30th December.

yAdmission feesz

Adults(over 18 years) Children (under 18 years)
1 person             800 400
Groups (20-99 people) 720  320
Groups (over 100) 640 280


Toba Sea-Folk Museum
Tokai Suisan Kagaku Kyoukai Foundation

Post code: 517-0025
1731-68 ogitsu Uramura-cho
Toba -City MiePrefecture
TEL:0599-32-6006 FAX:0599-32-5581

iBy Carjfrom the pearl road gounouraoohashih go 3km and turn left.
From Toba tenboudai drive 3.5 km and turn right.

iTrain and Busjcoming from the JR and Kintesu Line Toba train station and
using the Kamome Bus which goes via pearl road takes about 35 minutes.
Get off at the gUmi no hakabutsukanh stop and the museum is a 1 minute walk.

KAMOME BUS timetable & route map

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