- Shima District-G7 Japan Venue
- ①History and sightseeing spot of Shima City
- ②History and sightseeing spot of Toba City
- ③ Mikimoto Kokichi & Mikimoto Pearl Island
- ④Toba Aquarium
- ⑤Toba Sea-Folk Museum
Toba City is located in Shima Peninsula, and the whole city area is specified as Ise-Shima National Park. The seashore is a rias coastline and is nationally known as a scenic tourist resort. The Toba harbor was known as a natural right harbor from ancient times. Since Kuki Yoshitaka who was a local clan of this area in the second half of the 16th century distinguished himself in battle as a subordinate of Oda Nobunaga, he was able to become a feudal lord of Shima Province. Yoshitaka built the Toba castle on the slightly elevated hill facing the sea in 1594. This castle is a natural fort and became the headquarters of Kuki suigun navy.
The Toyotomi army and the Tokugawa army were fought in Sekigahara in Gifu Prefecture in 1600. Kuki Yoshitaka joined the Toyotomi army and Moritaka(Yoshitaka's second son) fought with the father as a general of the Tokugawa army. By defeat of the Toyotomi army, Yoshitaka committed hara-kiri.
In 1603, Toba Domain was established by Tokugawa shogunate and Kuki Moritaka became the first lord of Toba Domain. However, since succession dispute happened when Moritaka passed away, Tokugawa shogunate changed the territory of the Kuki family into two inland. Since the Edo Shogunate determined national isolation, the necessity for suigun navy was also lost and Kuki suigun navy disappeared.
Toba way is the highway which leads to the Inner Shrine of Ise via Toba City from Kaminogo, Isobe-cho, Shima City. Hirono family was the millionaire who enacted a village headman in feudal Japan of Toba at the Edo period(1603-1868).
Mikimoto Pearl Island in the west of the ruins of Toba castle had been called "Ojima" till 1951. Mikimoto Kokichi succeeded in the experiment of pearl culture for the first time in the world on this island. Now, this island does business as sightseeing and educational establishment with Pearl Museum or Mikimoto Kokichi Memorial Hall.Moreover, woman dives is performing diving operation before the spectator uniquely in Japan.
Toba Aquarium is an aquarium with most breeding kinds in Japan. This aquarium is breeding a dugong uniquely in Japan, and a sea otter(rakko), finless porpoise, etc. have won popularity. Moreover, the show of a sea lion and a walrus is held every day.
Toba Sea-Folk Museum is located at the southern part of Toba City, and is exhibiting many materials about relation by man and the sea.
Ishigam Shrine is put on the precincts of of Shinmei Shrine in Osatsu-cho, Toba City. Ishigam is called goddess which fulfills a wish of a woman. Since it was introduced by the mass media, many female worshippers are visiting.