Go to the sea in an hour from Tokyo! Highly-recommended day-trip of various Misaki Tunas and Jogashima
At Misaki, where it is famous for its large amounts of tuna catches, you will find that you can also enjoy fish dishes that are other than tuna dishes. It is an easy access, a little over than an hour by train from Tokyo, and about 50 minutes from Yokohama. Misaki was always nationally popular, surrounded by famous resort areas such as Jogashima and Aburatsubo, but recently, it has also become well-known by travelers from abroad. Here, we would like to report our trip mainly on Misaki and Jogashima.
If you're going to Misaki, be sure to use the “Misaki Maguro Pass” that has lots of great benefits
If you want to go to Misaki, using the Keihin Kyuko Dentetsu (referred to as Keikyu Dentetsu in the following sentences) is the most convenient, and be sure to use the “Misaki Maguro Pass” which is sold at all Keikyu Line stations (except for Sengakuji Station and Misakiguchi Station) through vending machines and at the counter. This pass is a great buy, consisting of a round trip ticket for all Keikyu Lines, an unlimited ride bus ticket, a tuna cuisine meal ticket, and a leisure facility use ticket. It will be great for a one-day trip to Misaki (sold only on the day of departure, and no credit cards accepted).
Keikyu Dentetsu, with its signature red body arrives at Misaki's entrance, the Misakiguchi Station.
After getting off the train, you will notice that the word “Maguro (tuna)” can be seen in various places. Let's now go to the Misaki Port area using the one-day unlimited ride bus ticket from Misakiguchi Station.
You can watch the tuna auction for free at “Misaki Uo Ichiba”
First, we went to “Misaki Uo Ichiba (Misaki Fish Market),” or formally called Miura-shi Misaki Suisanbutsu Chiho Oroshiuri Ichiba (local wholesale market for marine products).
Without any fees, you can watch fish being traded at this fish market.
If you look down from the second floor, you will see numerous tuna lined up as brokers check on them. The brokers appraise the quality of meat by looking where the tail is cut off. The number of tuna auctioned is said to be 400 to 1,000 per day. We recommend you go visit them between 8 am and 9:30 am. Some days are closed, so be sure to check their market calendar on their website.
Next, let's go eat some tuna using the “Misaki Maguro Pass” meal ticket.
At “Misaki Shokudo,” you can eat a hearty set meal of tuna and other local fish
At Misaki Uo Ichiba, you will find Misaki Suisanbutsu Chiho Oroshiuri Ichiba Shokudo, better known as “Misaki Shokudo (diner)” (referred to as “Misaki Shokudo” in the following sentences).
The diner opened in 2011 as a place that serves breakfast and lunch for the fish market brokers, but now their great food using local ingredients of Misaki such as tuna has become very popular among tourists as well.
“Get wonderful weather here in Miura City, and so not only are their tunas delicious, there are many other great ingredients such as local fish and vegetables,” Just as Misaki Shokudo's managing director Haruhiko Inoue says, the food we had after showing our meal ticket (Maguro Manpuku Ken) was “a set meal of Misaki Tuna Sashimi and fried local fish” that consisted of dishes using various local ingredients, such as Tuna Sashimi, fried horse mackerel and other local fish, Kamaage Shirasu (straight-from-the-pot young sardine, which is freshly boiled), and Tuna soup.
Especially since the “fried local fish” used fresh fish, the wonderful smell and rich taste were very impressive. By the way, if you use the “Misaki Maguro Pass,” you can also choose to eat a set menu of assorted sashimi rice bowl, children's meal, etc.
Tour around the sea of Misaki on the tourist boat “Nijiiro Sakana Go”
Next, we got on the tourist boat “Nijiiro Sakana Go” to tour the sea of Misaki!
The “Nijiiro Sakana Go” is a semisubmersible type tourist boat, and features a glass window on the bottom of the boat. We used the leisure facility use ticket (Miura Misaki Omoide Ken) of “Misaki Maguro Pass.” (Only one “facility use ticket” comes with the pass, so you may want to decide which facility to go to beforehand.)
After our departure, countless seagulls welcomed us.
That is because we got to feed them from our boat.
The boat stopped right after we passed under the Jogashima Ohashi Bridge, which connects Misaki and Jogashima.
We moved to the bottom of the boat, and from the window, we saw numerous fish such as rudder fish and black porgy. Unfortunately, that day was cloudy, but we were told that on sunny days, you can clearly see the bottom of the sea.
We finished our cruising in about 40 minutes, and then went to “Urari Marche,” a center for vegetables and fish, which is next to the port. On the first floor, there are many shops that sell local food ingredients and processed marine products.
They sell tuna parts, processed tuna, and delicatessen that are not sold in ordinary supermarkets.
Aside from tuna, we heard that recently, sticky food such as devil weed are popular.
Some shops cut up parts of tuna such as meat cut from around the gills for customers to easily take back home.
According to “Kinki's” lady president, who has a shop inside the center, “Maguro Mekabu (tuna with thick seaweed)” is especially popular among tourists from overseas.
At “Jogashima Koen Park,” they have a great view, and cute cats will welcome you
Next, we walked to Misaki Port bus stop, and headed to our destination, Jogashima.
The town surrounding the bus stop is still old-fashioned.
Further, the Kainan Jinja Shrine, also called “the god of food” is nearby, so if you have time, we recommend you stop by.
So, we got on the bus headed for Jogashima, and got off at “Hakushu-hi-mae” bus stop. We headed for “Jogashima Koen Park.”
Here, from the observatory deck, you can enjoy the great views of the sea cliff and Awazaki Todai Lighthouse.
In the park, you will find many cats, great for animal lovers.
At “Aburatsubo Marine Park,” they have otters that are popular among tourists from overseas
Last but not least, after our visit to Jogashima Koen Park, we went to “Aburatsubo Marine Park.”
Performances by dolphins and sea lions are popular at this aquarium. To be admitted, you can use the leisure facility use ticket (Miura Misaki Omoide Ken) of “Misaki Maguro Pass” here.
It was past 3 pm, but we were able to see the sea lions and penguins have a meal.
Their main attraction, the sea lion performance is a show, so people of all ages, such as families, couples and friends can enjoy.
We were told that “Kawauso no Mori (otters' forest),” where Asian small-clawed otters live is popular among tourists from abroad.
This place seems to be a “holy ground” for otter lovers because of the way they show the otters in a see-through aquarium, being able to shake hands with Asian small-clawed otters (*fee-based service and reservation must be made beforehand), and so on.
We heard that the most popular souvenir is their original item “Suizokukan Gakuen Gakushu-cho (aquarium school notebook).”
We visited the tourist spots in Misaki in a rather short period of time, but we found out that Misaki is not just a good place for tuna, but an area with many great places to tour, and that riding the bus is the most convenient way to move from site to site. If you go from Tokyo, a day trip in Misaki will allow you to enjoy and create lots of fun memories.
Concerning the facilities we visited, please refer to the following.
“Misaki Maguro Pass”http://www.haneda-tokyo-access.com/en/info/misakimagro/index.html
“Tuna Auction Tour”
●Market Management Economic Department Miura Cityhttp://www.city.miura.kanagawa.jp/ichiba/ichiba_index.html
“Misaki Suisanbutsu Chiho Oroshiuri Ichiba Shokudo (Misaki Shokudo)”
●Misaki Suisanbutsu Chiho Oroshiuri Ichiba 2nd floor, 5-245-7, Misaki, Miura-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
“Nijiiro Sakana Go / Urari Marche”
●Miura Umigyo Kosha Co., Ltd.
“Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park"
●1082 Koajiro, Misakimachi, Miura-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
●046-880-0152 (reservations and inquiries)
*The above information was last updated November 7, 2017. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.
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