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Japan Heritage “Living with Whales” Area Map

*Electronic topographical map data (tiles) published by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan have been used with the permission of the Director-General of that organization (approval number: 2016 No. 647).

Whale-watching Nanki Marine Leisure Service

Information

  • Name:Nanki Marine Leisure Service
  • Location:285-2 Ugui, Nachikatsuura-cho, Higashimuro-gun MAP B1
  • Phone:0735-54-0725
  • Getting there:Located about 10 minutes on foot from JR Ukui Station.
  • Hours:Trips depart at 7:00 am from late March to late September (at 6:00 am and 12:00 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays). *Reservations required at least one day in advance. Trips may be canceled in the event of inclement weather.
  • Cost:Adults (middle-school students and older), ¥6,500; elementary school students, ¥5,000; children (age 3 and older), ¥2,000

A veteran captain with more than 20 years of experience guiding will be your host. If you don’t get to see any whales, you’ll get a discounted ticket for next time or some fresh fish. Duration of trip: About 4 hours.

Whale-watching Kazuyoshimaru

Information

  • Name:Kazuyoshimaru
  • Location:Sue, Kushimoto-cho, Higashimuro-gun MAP B4
  • Phone:0735-65-0046/090-3033-8050
  • Getting there:Located about 20 min. by car from JR Kushimoto Station.
  • Hours:Trips depart at 7:00 am from late April to late September (ask about an additional trip at 12:00 pm on Sundays and holidays). *Reservations required at least two days in advance. Trips may be canceled in the event of inclement weather.
  • Cost:Adults (middle school students and older), ¥6,000; children (age 4 and older), ¥4,000

Trips depart from the Port of Sue on Kii Oshima Island (in the town of Kushimoto) for the Kumano Sea between Shiono-misaki Point and waters off Taiji. Guests encounter whales and dolphins, and sometimes killer whales. Trips last about three to four hours.

Oguraya

Information

  • Location:4-2-4 Tsukiji, Nachikatsuura-cho, Higashimuro-gun MAP C3
  • Phone:0735-52-0650
  • Getting there:Located in the immediate vicinity of JR Kii-Katsuura Station.
  • Hours:7:30 am to 6:30 pm
  • Closed:OpIrregularly as scheduled

Traditional Kumano whaling ships, from ¥1,296. Painting classes, from ¥1,200.

Folk Art Studio Hokoan

Information

  • Location:2173-1 Taiji, Taiji-cho, Higashimuro-gun MAP C4
  • Phone:0735-59-2879
  • Getting there:Located in the immediate vicinity of the Nishihirami bus stop.
  • Hours:9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Closed:Irregularly as scheduled
  • Cost:Ceramic whale bells in pink, blue, and other colors (foreground), ¥756.

This shop sells handmade folk ceramics with a whale motif, including ceramic lucky whale bells for ¥1,944 and a selection of other cute and unique items such as “whale gas” incense holders. With a reservation, you can also take a class and learn to paint your own (from ¥1,000).

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