The Kansai region of Japan is full of natural splendors. One of them happens to be the onsen located along Ago Bay in Mie-ken. Shima City has grown from the pearl industry, and people are amazed by views of pearl cultivation floats out in the bay. When the set begins to set on the waters, the rays outline the islands and rafts, creating a sunset as unforgettable as the other memories you will surely make while visiting the region. To make the trip the best it can be, you will want to stay at the oceanfront Yukai Resort Shima Saichoraku.
There are several onsen and spas throughout the yukai resort. The views from both indoor and outdoor hot-spring you’re lounging in are spectacular. Undoubtedly, everything about Yukai Resort Shima Saichoraku is so beautiful.
Yukai Resort Shima Saichoraku Hotel Access:
The closest station is Kashikojima. A shuttle bus is available from the station that requires reservation, but you are close enough to walk if you’d prefer the exercise. By taxi or car, the distance is about 5 minutes. Parking is free, so you can rent a car to access Shima city on your own time.
Because of the location on the gorgeous Ago Bay, you be assured that many of the sightseeing places have to deal with the waterside and pearl industry. However, Shima isn’t merely about swimming, fishing and beaches.
kashikojima espana cruise
Kashikojima Espana Cruise – Straight off of Kashikojima station, you can ride a ship that loops around the bay and takes you on various pearl-hunting excursions. One of the vessels is a Spaniard pirate ship, inspired by the following theme park. Bonus: you can reach Iruka-shima (Dolphin Island) in 15 minutes using the boat as transportation.
shima spain village parque espana
Shima Spain Village Parque Espana – Spanish culture and activities in Japan? You bet! Ride rollercoasters, watch flamenco, and eat delicious Mediterranean food.
Dolphin Island – Located out in Ago Bay, the location is filled with an observation deck, shopping, dolphin and sea lion shows, a shrine and a bunch of activities that everyone can enjoy. A favorite amongst visitors would be the Sightseeing Lift, which carries you to the highest part of the island for amazing views.
Shima Marineland – Very few places around the world have as many fish as Shima Marineland. The diversity of the fish and animals residing here is great. You can meet the Sunfish—the most popular member of the Marineland family; tour the jellyfish displays that shine a rainbow of colors; watch penguins play; and get introduced to rare species of Japanese freshwater fish. Very close to the resort.
Ise shima national park
Ise Shima National Park and Yokoyama Observatory – A goal when adventuring through the park is to reach the second observatory, close to the Yokoyamaishi Jinja. The dock overlooks the bay, giving you a panoramic view of the city, the water, and all of the pearl cultivation rafts. Aside from the views, the walk through the national park gives you a glimpse of untouched Japanese wilderness.
The Ise-Shima area of Mie Prefecture is known for its lobster, abalone, matoya oysters and anori blowfish. Most of the regional dishes contain these ingredients depending on the season. Ise udon is also a staple that is different from normal Japanese udon. The flavor is much more delicate despite the thicker noodle. The recommended eateries near Yukai Resort Shima Saichoraku are as follows:
restaurant la mer
Restaurant La Mer – Located a short distance north of the station, near Shima Marineland. The grounds are distinctly European. You can get lunch, dinner or grab a sweet at the café. Weddings also happen frequently here. Although the 3-course set is slightly pricey, the French cuisine is authentic and very delicious.
restaurant nakayoshi suisan
Nakayoshi Suisan – When in Shima, eat as the locals eat! Though the restaurant looks nothing like a place to eat, what with the bins of clams outside and cookware hanging in the windows, but inside you will find a host of luscious grilled seafood treats. Every ingredient is locally sourced. Oysters, clams, fish and other delicacies are cooked fresh, right before your eyes.
Hanaya – Another example of Shima cooking done right. In a traditional Japanese presentation, you get bowls of various samplings alongside a grilled main dish. Menu changes with the seasons. South of the station, very close to the resort.