Shu was in town recently and asked me if I wanted to go with her to Misaki on a little tuna tour, and obviously I said yes!
Misaki Maguro Kippu is a special ticket bundle that comes with
- Train travel on the Keikyu line to and from Misaki + unlimited bus travel within Misaki
- A tuna meal at any of the 25 listed restaurants
- A choice of one of the following leisure activities:
- Soak in a hot spring (3 to choose from)
- Aquarium visit
- Glass-bottomed boat ride
- A tuna souvenir from one of the participating shops
- Bicycle rental for one day
- Make a glass souvenir
All for just $30!!!
Misaki is in Kanagawa, which is the neighboring prefecture of Tokyo, so it makes for a great day trip from Tokyo.
We met at Shinagawa station and headed to the Keiyu line where we purchased the tickets from the machine. Everything is available in English right up to the final screen to select the Misaki Maguro Kippu, where it is only written in Japanese -_- SO CLOSE!!!
In case anyone needs a reference, it’s written as みさきまぐろきっぷ. Or just pick up one of the brochures available right beside the machine and ask a staff for help.
It takes about an hour’s travel from Shinagawa to Misaki, and it was a grey, rainy day on the day we planned to go, but we headed there all the same. Nothing can come between us and tuna!!!
There are several different buses to take from the station which will go to different areas of Misaki, and we boarded the one that brought us to the port because the restaurant we wanted to visit was there. Details of bus number, etc. will be listed at the end of the post.
We made a beeline for the restaurant because… TUNAAAAA!!! *drools*
There’s one row of tuna and one row of mix fish. All were fresh and yummy! The miso soup also had fish meat in it, which made it extra tasty.
In addition to our stipulated set meal, we also ordered other tuna sushi, including a plate of ootoro (fatty tuna) for 700 yen.
It wasn’t bad, but I found it to be a lot less impressive than what I had at Tsukiji. But well, it’s also less than half the price of Tsukiji. Gotta give and take.
After lunch, it started raining so we headed back to the port area and explored the indoor market there!
We could have exchanged our ticket for a souvenir from the designated shops here (the obasans were all too happy to point out to us the product their shop offers when they saw me holding the brochure) but instead we decided to go for the boat ride instead.
Exchanging the ticket for the boat ride tickets:
Soon it was time to board the boat!
While the boat headed to the fish sighting spot, a staff onboard took out prawn crackers and fed seagulls:
I later saw that the seagulls were fed…
Branded crackers! Are they atas or what.
Heading downstairs, where we could look into the water through the glass panels!
A staff member then came down to explain the different kind of fishes in the waters. “Abundant during autumn, they are very tasty in hot pots…” “They taste the best when grilled…” He’s mostly just talking about how the fishes taste! Lol.
To be honest, we can’t actually see much. All we see are vague fish shapes in the murky waters…
On hindsight, the onsen, aquarium, or even souvenir might have been a better choice. Well, my loss is your gain!
After the boat ride, we wanted to find a cafe to chill and sit out the rain. We wandered into a Japanese snack shop and asked the old lady but she said they don’t have cafes in this area. Only seafood. Lol. Which is true! We didn’t see any shops selling meat. Not even a fast food restaurant! It’s truly a small port town that makes the most of their resources.
I ended up buying some snacks from the shop. On the outside it looks like perfectly normal Japanese confectionery. On the inside, it contains red bean and tuna filling. Yes, tuna.
I gave them to Fu and excitedly said “I got you some souvenirs!!! Try it!” and quietly observed as his happy expression transform into a frown.
“It tastes… fishy…”
Of course it does. LOLOL. I then tried a mouthful and it was so awful we both couldn’t take another bite and agreed to throw it away -_- Still, at least we tried it. The spirit of adventure is alive!!!
Overall, I think this is a really good deal! If you like tuna and interested in getting away from Tokyo for a few hours and exploring a small town, this Misaki Maguro Kippu will cover you – travel, food, and leisure – at a very affordable price!
Misaki Maguro Kippu みさきまぐろきっぷ
3,060 yen from Shinagawa station
Bus from station to port:
Bus stop #2, Bus #7
Restaurant we ate at:
三崎港回転寿司 さん和 (#13)