When Tokyo’s frenetic pace and endless thrills leave you craving a tranquil escape, a quick trip to Ago Bay delivers just that. Three hours from Tokyo -- either by bullet train or a combination of flying and driving -- the bay sits on the coast of Shima, in a lush alcove of Mie Prefecture, along Japan’s eastern coast.
In 1893, Ago Bay attracted the attention of jewelers when Mikimoto Kōkichi cultivated the first pearl there, effectively launching the pearl industry. The surrounding area is known for its seemingly boundless natural beauty, which includes hot springs, Ise-Shima National Park, and a fractured coastline, which forms more than 50 islands of varying size that seem to float over the horizon. An extensive train system and well-trodden roads make traveling around Mie and to Ago Bay easy, providing a gateway to endless adventures.
From its secluded location within Ise-Shima National Park, the Amanemu resort has an almost unobstructed view of Ago Bay and the oyster rafts used to cultivate pearls. The name Amanemu is derived from aman, the Sanskrit word for peace, and nemu, the Japanese word for sharing joy -- and here there is an abundance of both of those when you stay here.
At the resort, wellbeing and healing are top priority. The property is surrounded by natural hot springs and the traditional onsen (thermal bath), and after all the treatments there's space to do yoga overlooking a peaceful garden with a Tabunoki tree at its center.