Visit an Ama rest house equipped with WiFi
Listen to stories about the Ama divers’ freediving tradition
Wear Ama attire and take a look at their diving equipment
Admire the breathtaking scenery of Matoya Bay
Dance and share a meal with the local ladies
What's included, what's not
Experience with Ama divers
Meal at Ama rest house
Ama attire rental
Know before you book
Accommodation of allergies and other dietary restrictions is not guaranteed
The rest house may be closed depending on weather conditions
The Ama attire rental costs an additional 300 JPY per person. It is payable by cash at the venue
Lobsters, abalones, dried fish can be added to your meal as options. It is payable by cash at the venue
Drinks (alcohol and soft drinks) are available and payable by cash at the venue
The activity starts from 12:00–1:15 pm or 1:30–2:45 pm and includes dancing, listening to stories, sharing a meal, photo-taking and a walkthrough of the diving equipment
What you can expect
Spend time with the famous Ama female divers at their rest house! Get a rare opportunity to hear stories about their long-held freediving tradition and share a meal prepared by the ladies. You can also enjoy the wonderful views of Matoya Bay!
Step into the world of the Ama female divers in this special tour! The Ama female divers are freediving fisherwomen who deep dive without the use of modern equipment to collect seafood such as oysters and abalones. This tradition has been practised for generations but has been fading away in recent years.
Get to know these real life mermaids, many of whom are already in their later years.
In this tour, you’ll visit an Ama hut in Osatsu-cho, Toba City in Mie Prefecture which has the largest number of Ama divers in Japan. The rest house faces Matoya Bay where you can feel the ocean breeze and marvel at the stunning view of the Bay’s pristine waters.
At the rest house, you can dance to local Osatsu songs or listen to stories about the Ama diver’s unique tradition and how they have kept it alive for decades. The divers will also show you their diving suits and traditional equipment used to collect seafood.
The divers will also prepare a fresh seafood meal that you get to share together. Afterwards, you can try on the Ama attire yourself and take pictures!