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Misaki Port - A Quiet Fishing Village Famous for Tuna

Updated on June 1, 2014

The Misaki Port of Miura Peninsula

Saying that summertime in Tokyo is hot is an understatement. It's not just hot. It's intense and uncomfortably humid with many suffering heat strokes. I actually don't mind it much as I much prefer it over our long and cold winters. Still, after a couple of months and I find myself wishing for a breath of cool air. I was also tense with anxiety and the heat wasn't making it any better.

Every summer I find myself wanting to be near water. Whether it be the ocean or near a flowing river, it always feels slightly cooler near these watery places. So one summer day, I venture out to the sea. It's a place I've never been to and I don't know what to expect.

Remote and far removed from the urban jungle of Tokyo, I board the train to Miura peninsula, where I transfer to a local bus that takes me to Misaki Port, a place know for their large catches of tuna.

*Photos taken by myself unless otherwise noted.

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A 2-Hour Train Ride from Tokyo

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Miura Peninsula Japan

Venturing out this far by local transportations is not something I would normally do. Who knows if the place is worth visiting. Once I saw the first glimpse of water from my bus seat, all my worries dissipated along with the breeze coming through the bus window.

Today was all about taking it at my own pace. I needed to recuperate from the summer heat and the daily grind of everyday life. So I grabbed myself a map and decided to wander around this sleepy fishing village.

Misaki Port - A Sleepy Fishing Village - The streets exude nostalgia and retro charm.

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Where's My Tuna?

maguro tuna
maguro tuna

Once we got into town, my stomach started to grumble from hunger and as we passed by numerous tuna restaurants, all we had to do was decide which one to go to. After asking around, a kind merchant in an old-fashioned candy shop told us where the best tuna could be had so we headed towards his recommended eatery.

However once we got there, there was a huge crowd of people waiting outside. It was rather jarring to see so many people as there really weren't many walking around town. I guess they were all waiting in line! After finding out that it would be a 2-hour wait, we decided to go somewhere else. My stomach would not tolerate a 2-hour wait for food.

As we searched for an alternative, my nose followed a delicious scent to a hidden gem that sold smoked tuna. I had to peek inside and as I did, the merchant gave me a couple of pieces to sample. It was absolutely the best-tasting tuna I've ever had in my life and I'm not kidding you one bit! They were marinated and smoked in a delicious sauce and once grilled over the charcoal flames, they tasted more like barbecued ribs but with more umami.

I ended up buy a piece to eat right there and bought 5 pounds to take home with me. With my stomach happy and strength regained, we found a mom-and-pop restaurant that served an excellent rice bowl that consisted of the freshest slices of raw tuna on top of steamed rice. Along with some miso soup and pickled vegetables, it was one very satisfying meal.

Tuna - The Local Delicacy - Most of the restaurants in the vicinity serves tuna in some form and it's the highlight of any trip here.

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Summer Memories

Fishing Village in Japan
Fishing Village in Japan

As I boarded my bus to go home, I realized how anxious I was about even coming here. But I was glad I came and sometime during this most marvelous day, I had learned how to relax again. Summertime isn't as bad as people say even with the heat.

The summer is fleeting and it'll be gone in a flash, making way for the new season to arrive.

An Island Across the Port - You can take a boat or a bus across the port to a beautiful island, where a lighthouse awaits visitors.

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I really do hope you enjoyed this article. Please feel free to leave your comments here.

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      Wilson Lisa 3 years ago from Hong Kong

      beautiful tour diary

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      AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Great lens.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Another great article. i enjoy reading your lens very much. I learn a lot from the places your visit and enjoy the photos. Thanks.

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      topclimb lm 3 years ago

      I lived in Japan in the early 1980s. It was a great experience! Thank you for making this lens...

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      What a fun place! I visited a similar town in the south island of New Zealand once called Picton, a little fishing community with the best local fare. I love tuna; that smoked tuna sounds amazing.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      I love this lens. I don't think I could stand the heat of Tokyo -I'd join you at the beach! And I love Tuna -it's my favourite fish. Thanks for this great lens.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I feel more relaxed now too, Smine27. Your articles always take me there--you have such a talent for that. Love all the photos of the town (and the food!) So glad you made the trip and enjoyed it. The tuna looks and sounds amazing! Will we get to see more recipes from you using the tuna you brought back?

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      Melanie Wilcox 3 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I really enjoy your articles so much :) You make me want to visit Japan and really get to know Japan. You are the first and only for this (not because I was never interested in Japan but because I want to see the whole world.) Your lenses make me want to put Japan at the top of my travel dream list.

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      Ibidii 3 years ago

      I had an exchange student with us from Sendai named Ayako. She was a delight to have with us. She showed us a lot about cooking and made some things for us. Her Mom talked to her on the phone and had her make us special foods. Her pot stickers were awesome. After that I made my pot stickers with her recipe. This a a great lens, gives us the feeling we are there!

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      I could feel the breeze from the ocean as you mentioned it. I don't think I'd like that stifling humidity, so I liked your journey to the coast. The only problem now is that I have a funny craving for smoked tuna! ;) Another lovely and enjoyable journey with you...

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Shinichi, thank you for sharing your summer's day outing in Misaki. The photos are truly wonderful!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      sounds like a lovely place, and a relaxing break too - you're right, summer is too short, and we should enjoy it no matter the heat (I'll have to remember that as well)

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      I love being near the water too. I think the natural elements that comprise our body call us to them and that to be complete we really do need to be in a natural setting. Loved your pictures and your little story of the smoked tuna vendor.

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      DreamsBloom 3 years ago

      Ah, this was so lovely to read and look at the pictures. Such a nice alternative aspect/view of Japan I don't see very often.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Thanks for this tour of this nice village, I love to read about your travels, and I do lov fresh tuna!!

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      I hope I live long enough and have the resources to see all the places like this, but for what I might miss, I'm happy to enjoyed your shared experiences.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      A wonderful respite from the summer heat. I enjoyed visiting this quiet fishing village with you. My kind of place. Where will you venture next?