Ama Culture Program

Ama Culture Program

- Ama is the term used to refer to free-diving women who fish for awabi clams, sazae sea snails, seaweed and more for a living. Ama fishing uses a unique free-diving method to catch seafood sustainably. It is an enduring and outstanding way to catch fish. That sustainability and continuity is extremely meaningful. Each region has its strict fishing season that designates the size of shellfish that can be caught, and more. Today, they continue to make a great number of commitments and ensure they do not overfish or exhaust the sea life they catch. - Ama huts are spots for the Ama to prepare before going out to fish and to warm up by a fire after spending time in the sea and for resting in general. These places are essential for Ama fishing. - Enjoy a dining experience while listening to the tales of Ama who still actively fish. - The meal includes a special menu of dishes inspired by the shinsen offerings made to the gods at Kannamesai, a harvest festival. - Shinsen is food that is offered to the Shinto deities and a special meal offered to the sun goddess, Amaterasu Omikami. - After your meal, you can visit an authentic Ama hut that is still in service and learn the details about fishing as an Ama and more about the sea. This product is a special high-added value plan. In addition to this plan, we have a wide range of other plans available. (See the website. ) We also have plans with high-added value, including visits to Ise Jingu and more. (See the video. However, coordination with other operators is required. )



Minimum Number of Passengers
2 participants
Maximum Capacity
5 participants
Participation Restrictions
Nothing in particular
Meeting and Exchange Areas
Ama Hut Hachiman Kamado
819 Osatsu-cho, Toba-shi, Mie Prefecture
Open Period
Closed Period
Closed January 1–5, August 13–15 and December 30–31. Sometimes closed irregularly.
Meeting Times and Business Hours
Starts at 1:30 p.m. (Arrive at the meeting spot 5 minutes early)
Tour Schedule
1) 1:30 p.m.–3:15 p.m. Enjoy a special meal at Ama Hut Hachiman Kamado–Asarihama inspired by shinsen offerings to the gods at a harvest festival, including the “shinsen of the Ama,” or grilled seafood cooked by the Ama. /2) 3:30 p.m.–4:15 p.m. Visit an Ama at Ama Hut Hachiman Kamado at Kujirazaki (Whale Cape) (*You will be driven to the Ama hut). Have fun talking with Ama about fishing and more while enjoying tea in an Ama hut. /3) 4:30 p.m. Ama hut visit ends > You will be driven back to Ama Hut Hachiman Kamado–Asari.
Required Time
Around 3 hours
Provision of Meals
Meals are provided
Open to meal requests
Options are available with the standard menu. However, this menu does not have such options available.
Universal accessibility
The entire hall is barrier-free/ Equipped with a wheelchair-accessible toilet/ Wheelchairs are available on-hand/ Send-up and drop-off is using a vehicle (the Ama bus) that has an electric lift/ Barrier-free certified facility (facilities with this accessibility are Ama Hut Hachiman Kamado and Asarihama)
Parking: Available for up to 4 buses or 20 standard-sized vehicles
- The food that is served will vary depending on the seafood that is in season during your experience. - Be sure to contact us in advance if you have allergies. - Ash and sparks may scatter as food will be cooked with charcoal. Please wear clothing to the experience that you do not mind getting dirty.
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