You can partake
in genuine Ama culture
Osatsu-kamado Ama Hut Experience
What is Ama ?
Their fishing method has a long history and can be traced back through some ancient records. It is definitely part of the Japanese life culture.While working in the sea, they breathe in a unique way to avoid damage to their lungs. Their breathing method is called “Isobue” (literally “sea whistle”). It sounds really plaintive and was once selected as one of the 100 Sounds of Japan.
What is Ama Hut Experience ?
※From Toba to Osatsu-cho , please use the car rental or Kamome-bus or taxi.
≪Car navigation system≫
Map Code 338 499 193
Coordinate E 34.388261 N 136.909050
Toba bus center（MAP）
It rides on （5）.国崎（KUZAKI） going.
A bus is required for 45 minutes. It is one person of @600 yen.
Location in Ama related
in Osatsu area
Ama divers are motivated to engage in such hard and dangerous work because of their profound faith in “Ishigamisan”, the goddess enshrined at the approach to Shinmei-jinja, a Shinto shrine located in Osatsu, Toba City.This goddess is famous for her mystical power to realize just one dream of each woman and therefore visited by a great number of people. Long ago, it used to be believed that there was a monster in the sea.Ama divers drew a symbol called “Doman-seman” on their tools as a charm against evil.At the office of this shrine, visitors can buy talismans with that symbol printed on them.
Osatsu Ama House Gozaya
(Remodeled from an old private residence)
This facility, which was remodeled from an 80-year-old private residence, is located at the approach to Shinmei-jinja, a Shinto shrine. Seafood caught by ama divers, “Doman-seman”-related items as charms against evil and the like are available for sale. Besides, you can take a break at the cafe inside it. Agar-agar made by ama divers only from the agar weeds caught in the sea of Osatsu enjoys great popularity.
Osatsu Kitchen 0032
■Opening hour 9:00～17:00
To preserve and support Osatsu’s unique way of life for the local [Ama], fishermen and for future generations to come. Osatsu Kitchen 0032 was created to preserve and support Osatsu's unique way of life for the local ama and fishermen and for future generations to come. Fresh ZAKO fried fish and a variety of local drinks are waiting for you at Osatsu Kitchen.
Osatsu Ama Culture Museum
This museum, located in Osatsu where the largest number of Ama divers live in the Ise-Shima area, conveys the culture and history of the divers as well as their hometown. Besides, it is a popular spot among those who enjoy a stroll and communication with people in Osatsu.
- Osatsu Area -