List of feature articles of Mie in Japan

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Mie’s Many Soul Foods

    A Beginner’s Guide to Mie’s Many Soul Foods

    Every region in Japan has at least one well-known foodstuff or local “gourmet” dish, and Mie is no exception. Many of these aren’t the traditional Japanese meals you might expect to find, but are more like regional “soul foods.” Here is an introdu...

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  • Tsuitachi-mochi in Mie: Lucky charms made just once a year

    Tsuitachi-mochi in Mie: Lucky charms made just once a year

    On the first day of each month, before the dawn's first light, the area around Akafuku Honten (main store) is very crowded with people. What are they all waiting for? The famous Tsuitachi-mochi, of course!

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  • Trip to Kumano Vol. 3: Kumano coastline boat cruise—A spectacular view of the rocky Kumano coastline created by nature, Blue Cave

    Trip to Kumano Vol. 3: Kumano coastline boat cruise—A spectacular view of the rocky Kumano coastline created by nature, Blue Cave

    Along with Onigajo, another beautiful scenic spot on the Ria Coast in the southern part of Mie Prefecture is the Blue Cave. While Onigajo is an amazing view that can be seen from the land as well as the sea, this spot is only able to be viewed fro...

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  • Trip to Kumano Vol. 1: The Onigura & Torokko Old Mine Area Spend a cool summertime in the mountains of Kumano!

    Trip to Kumano Vol. 1: The Onigura & Torokko Old Mine Area Spend a cool summertime in the mountains of Kumano!

    Summer in Japan is famous for its extremely hot, damp and humid climate, but if you head to the mountains, you can enjoy cooler temperatures, surrounded by nature. On this trip, I went to the mountainous area of Kumano City. Kumano City, located i...

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  • Trip to Kumano Vol. 2: Onigajyo—The Spectacular View Spot Created by Nature

    Trip to Kumano Vol. 2: Onigajyo—The Spectacular View Spot Created by Nature

    Stunning Onigajo World Heritage site in southern Mie Prefecture, an epic work of art made by nature. Experience the mysterious scenery of the natural environment that weaves along the sea and rocks.

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  • Dive into the Ninja World at Ninja Kingdom Ise!

    Dive into the Ninja World at Ninja Kingdom Ise!

    One of the things popularly associated with Japan is ninja. In Japan there were several bases of real ninja (covert agents or mercenaries), who were most active during the feudal period from around the 16th-17th centuries, and the Iga area in Mie ...

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  • Explore Matsusaka’s Edo Period merchant houses and castle ruins in a kimono

    Explore Matsusaka’s Edo Period merchant houses and castle ruins in a kimono

    Matsusaka is a city in Mie Prefecture where visitors can eat the famous local beef, see ancient castle ruins, learn about the area’s history at inviting museums and explore Edo Period(1603-1868) merchant shops while wearing traditional clothing....

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  • Explore the natural wonder and rich culture of Mie Prefecture on a two-day adventure.

    Explore the natural wonder and rich culture of Mie Prefecture on a two-day adventure.

    The journey from Osaka to Mie Prefecture will take you into a completely different part of Japan. Over a two-day visit, you can hike the Hajikami-toge Pass on the World Heritage Site Kumano-kodo pilgrimage trails, relax in an outdoor onsen surroun...

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  • Visit Ise Jingu and learn about a 1,300-year-old ritual at one of Japan’s most sacred spots.

    Visit Ise Jingu and learn about a 1,300-year-old ritual at one of Japan’s most sacred spots.

    Ise Jingu is a sacred space in Japan with 125 shrines and boasts an area roughly half the same size as Paris. For most Japanese people, a visit to Ise Jingu is something they must do at least once in their lifetime. Approximately 2,000 years ago, ...

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  • Be amazed by the over 1,200 species of marine life at Toba Aquarium.

    Be amazed by the over 1,200 species of marine life at Toba Aquarium.

    The Toba Aquarium in Ise-Shima is home to the largest collection of marine wildlife in Japan, with over 1,200 different species. Visitors can learn all about these beautiful creatures and get close enough to see their personalities on display. As ...

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  • In the Aoyamakogen Highlands, sustainable energy is being produced in harmony with nature.

    In the Aoyamakogen Highlands, sustainable energy is being produced in harmony with nature.

    Japanese culture has always had a deep respect for the natural world and the country is committed to developing renewable energy sources. This focus on achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will help to ensure that future generations have...

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  • Step into the past in the most well preserved post town on the route to Ise Jingu

    Step into the past in the most well preserved post town on the route to Ise Jingu

    For more than 1,000 years, Japanese people have been making the pilgrimage to Ise Jingu, the most sacred shrine in Japan. In the Edo Period, post towns were established along the Tokaido Road route between the ancient capital of Edo (now Tokyo) an...

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  • Enter a fantasy world of pop culture where you can find all of your favorite characters.

    Enter a fantasy world of pop culture where you can find all of your favorite characters.

    At the Bankyo Figure Museum in Taki Town, Mie Prefecture, visitors can see over 20,000 figures from genres of Japanese pop culture, such as anime, manga and what is sometimes referred to as “Cool Japan”. For those in Japan who identify as “otaku”,...

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  • See the Unique Rock Formations of Tategasaki and the Stunning Blue Grotto Up Close from a Pleasure Boat

    See the Unique Rock Formations of Tategasaki and the Stunning Blue Grotto Up Close from a Pleasure Boat

    Tategasaki is the largest columnar rock formation in Nigishima Bay in Kumano City with a height of about 80 meters and a circumference of about 550 meters. The best way to see this incredible natural structure is from the deck of a pleasure boat. ...

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  • Let's relive this shimmering and illusory age of Japan, 1000 years ago.

    Let's relive this shimmering and illusory age of Japan, 1000 years ago.

    Through excavation and research starting 50 years ago, we've finally started to understand this unique past of Japan. Come see history and culture as it was here in Meiwa-cho of Mie Prefecture.

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  • EXPLORE OSUGIDANI WITH A MOUNTAIN HERMIT - Spend a Day in a National Park with an Expert Guide

    EXPLORE OSUGIDANI WITH A MOUNTAIN HERMIT - Spend a Day in a National Park with an Expert Guide

    Mie Prefecture is home to the UNESCO Eco Park Yoshino-Kumano National Park, where you can visit numerous waterfalls, hike deep into the untouched forest and enjoy the spectacular views of the Osugidani Gorge. A local hermit with an adventurous...

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  • Beautiful panoramic kayak experience in Mie’s Ago Bay, exploring nearby Islands.

    Beautiful panoramic kayak experience in Mie’s Ago Bay, exploring nearby Islands.

    The Rias Coast has a unique shape, making it the defining characteristic of Mie Prefecture, in Shima City. Also, there are over 60 islands which are all different shapes and sizes. The entire city is designated as a national park, and there are to...

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  • Into the Mountain! A Quest for Hot Springs via Kumano’s Torokko Train!

    Into the Mountain! A Quest for Hot Springs via Kumano’s Torokko Train!

    The quiet mountain town of Kumano City is most famous for the Kumano Kodo, an ancient pilgrimage trail that leads to various shrines in Mie and Wakayama prefectures. Completing the pilgrimage is nothing short of a spiritual quest. But Kumano City ...

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  • Face-to-Face with the Real Diving Heroines of Ise Shima at Ama Hut Satoumian

    Face-to-Face with the Real Diving Heroines of Ise Shima at Ama Hut Satoumian

    As you’re probably well aware, Japan loves seafood. And not just the fish and octopus that we’re used to, but a whole plethora of marine life is down in the depths, digestible, delicious, and demanding to be harvested. Enter the Amasan.

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  • Iga Kumihimo: the Long Tradition of the Braided Cord

    Iga Kumihimo: the Long Tradition of the Braided Cord

    Iga City in Mie Prefecture has so much to offer tourists. It’s known for everything from Haiku (Japanese poetry) to ninjas and beef. There’s a gorgeous castle with a large park around it and it’s just a nice, quiet town to escape to when your trip...

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  • Travel back in time to old Japan! Strolling around Sekijuku

    When you think of historical spots in Mie Prefecture, Ise Jingu Shrine is one place that comes to mind, but that’s not all. On this trip, we visited Sekijuku, a town that makes you feel as if you have traveled back in...

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  • Get to know the essence of bonito flakes, an indispensable ingredient in Japanese cuisine

    Japanese food is attracting worldwide attention for its health benefits, and “dashi” is indispensable to its flavor. Dashi is usually made from dried kelp or dried bonito flakes. This time, we visited a long-establish...

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  • Inabe Plum Grove: Spectacular Spring Scenery Rooted in Community

    For many people, spring in Japan means only one thing: cherry blossoms. In Mie, however, there’s more to the season than just sakura, and stunning views of plum blossoms bursting with color can be seen throughout the ...

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  • Suzuka Forest Garden, a magnificent world-class view in Mie

    The magnificent views of the cherry blossom petals blowing in the spring breeze is what people will think of in Japan’s spring season. But in Mie Prefecture, there is a different herald of the arrival of spring. The b...

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  • Go on a Springtime Adventure in Kuwana

    Japan is famous for its springtime cherry blossoms and Mie Prefecture is no exception. There are many cherry blossom viewing spots across the prefecture, but for those who want to go where those “in the know” enjoy th...

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