List of feature articles of Mie in Japan

  • Savoring the Sea, Sky and Delicious Mandarin Oranges  in Kumano, Mie

    Savoring the Sea, Sky and Delicious Mandarin Oranges in Kumano, Mie

    Along the seaside region of Kumano in Mie there is a wealth of nature, deep history, breathtaking beauty and delicious memories to be made. The Mihama coastline is stunning and the mountains are full of hidden wonders. Then of course there is the...

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  • Time Travel by Boat and Unique Shopping in Ise

    Time Travel by Boat and Unique Shopping in Ise

    Ise Jingu is a destination for local and global travelers. The area is rich with history, artistry, and local delicious foods. Step back in time on a unique boat tour and then make the most of the amazing shops and dishes in the area with a unique...

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  • Visiting a Katana Swordsmith

    Visiting a Katana Swordsmith

    Today, I had the opportunity to partake in some rare experiences. There is a katana swordsmith deep in the mountains of Kumano, who offers tours of his workplace and shares his knowledge about the katana making process. This tour is said to be...

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  • River Activities at Mie’s Beautiful Nature: Odai

    River Activities at Mie’s Beautiful Nature: Odai

    River activities are one of my favorite activities during summer. It’s a great way to escape the summer heat and refresh yourself while being active and enjoying the great outdoors. Last summer, I had the opportunity to try some interesting ri...

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  • Mt. Gozaisho— A snow paradise with fun for young and old

    Mt. Gozaisho— A snow paradise with fun for young and old

    Mt. Gozaisho, located in the northern part of Mie Prefecture, is a wonderful place to visit during any season throughout the year. But the wintertime is my favorite and it would seem the same for many other outdoor enthusiasts.

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  • Outdoor Activities at Meiwacho

    Outdoor Activities at Meiwacho

    After spending the whole morning and afternoon cycling around Meiwacho and visiting many different cultural spots, it was now time to head over to the coast to enjoy some barbecue at a campsite and try out a tent sauna. Finally, to end the day...

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  • Cycling around Mie’s Historic Town: Meiwacho

    Cycling around Mie’s Historic Town: Meiwacho

    For my first day in Mie, I visited the historic town of Meiwacho! For a small town overshadowed between 2 big cities: Matsusaka and Ise, Meiwacho had so much to offer and played an incredibly important role in Japan’s history. We rented some...

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  • Ise Kawasaki: A traditional merchant town where you can delve into the history of Ise

    Ise Kawasaki: A traditional merchant town where you can delve into the history of Ise

    Home to Ise Jingu Shrine, Ise City is replete with ancient customs and practices. The areas surrounding the shrine boast a charming traditional atmosphere. However, if you head a little farther north, you’ll find Ise Kawasaki, an old merchant quar...

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  • Meet the master swordsmith who keeps alive the tradition of Japanese swords in Kumano

    Meet the master swordsmith who keeps alive the tradition of Japanese swords in Kumano

    We visited Kenichiro Sumiya, a young swordsmith who has a workshop in the deep forest mountains of Kumano City, and were shown around his workshop while listening to his stories about sword making and the history of Japanese swords. Written by ...

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  • Bringing the ama culture to the world! This is the story of a mother and son at Hachiman Kamado, an ama hut where people gather with smiles.

    Bringing the ama culture to the world! This is the story of a mother and son at Hachiman Kamado, an ama hut where people gather with smiles.

    The Ise-Shima region is a scenic area where the sunshine pours down on the ria coast of the sea and mountains. It is also famous as a tourist destination with the Ise Jingu Shrine and the resort town of Kashikojima. In 2019, The divers of Toba an...

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  • The Story of “Irokuma.”  A serving of humanity, nature, and daily life in the countryside.

    The Story of “Irokuma.” A serving of humanity, nature, and daily life in the countryside.

    Kumano City, located in the southern part of Mie Prefecture, is a region rich in history and culture. Time passes slowly here. It is home to several World Heritage Sites, including the ancient pilgrimage pathway “Kumano Kodo”, Onigajo, and Hana-no...

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  • An experience-based tourism utilizing the rich local resources of Taiki Town! The story of farm stay guest houses owners who convey the charm of their region to people in Japan and abroad through their guest houses

    An experience-based tourism utilizing the rich local resources of Taiki Town! The story of farm stay guest houses owners who convey the charm of their region to people in Japan and abroad through their guest houses

    Taiki town is a small town with a population of about 8,000. It has a mild climate and is home to the sea, mountains, and rivers. With the Nishiki fishing port facing the Kumanonada Sea, the World Heritage Sites of Tsuzurato-toge Pass, Nisaka-toge...

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  • Art of Lights Created by Cutting-Edge Technology: Yokkaichi Nighttime Factory Views

    Art of Lights Created by Cutting-Edge Technology: Yokkaichi Nighttime Factory Views

    There is a photo spot in Mie Prefecture that photographers from all over Japan and the world are keen to visit. No, it’s not the pristine nature of the mountains, nor an ancient temple (although those are great too). It’s the petroleum and chemica...

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  • Try These Three Unique Sushi Dishes from Mie Prefecture

    Try These Three Unique Sushi Dishes from Mie Prefecture

    Mie Prefecture boasts some rich fishing grounds in Ise Bay and Kumano Bay. Thanks to this abundance, local people across the prefecture have developed regional sushi types that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

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  • Creating a base for fun rural tourism through agriculture! The story of  "Inosan Farm" that is creating a movement in the hot spring resort.

    Creating a base for fun rural tourism through agriculture! The story of "Inosan Farm" that is creating a movement in the hot spring resort.

    "Inokura Onsen" springs at the foot of the Aoyama Highlands in Hakusan-cho, Tsu City, located in the middle of Mie Prefecture, surrounded by mountains. The pH of the springs is 9.4 - 9.7.

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  • Komono - A town of healing where you can soothe your soul and body, surrounded by nature

    Komono - A town of healing where you can soothe your soul and body, surrounded by nature

    Komono Town, located just 30 minutes or so from Yokkaichi City, is a laid-back and picturesque area with a mountainous backdrop of the Suzuka Seven Mountain range. The area attracts visitors who come here to hike the mountains, soak in its many ho...

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  • Strolling the Historic City of Kuwana: Rokkaen and Its Surroundings

    Strolling the Historic City of Kuwana: Rokkaen and Its Surroundings

    When you visit Mie Prefecture, Ise Jingu Shrine is a must. However, if you’re a true history buff, you’ll also want to head to Kuwana City, an important transport hub of old. Located at the mouth of the Ibi-gawa River, which flows into Ise Bay, th...

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  • A change of pace in the daily life of a matcha farmer.  You can enjoy a leisurely countryside experience at Kabusecha Cafe.

    A change of pace in the daily life of a matcha farmer. You can enjoy a leisurely countryside experience at Kabusecha Cafe.

    Suizawa-cho is located at the backroom of Yokkaichi city, called an industrial city, at the foot of Mt.Suzuka, and has Miyazuma Gorge, a scenic spot, writen by Sarumaru no Taifu, on the series Hyakunin Isshu. Kabusecha, produced in Mie prefecture...

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  • The "Thousand Rice Terraces" of Maruyama Senmaida

    The "Thousand Rice Terraces" of Maruyama Senmaida

    When we imagine the rustic past of ancient Japan, what comes to mind? Many may envision rice terraces curving along mountain slopes, their waters glinting in the sun and lush green leaves swaying in the breeze. Such fields, called “tanada,” are co...

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  • Home to Fun Things at Meoto Yokocho, Ise

    Home to Fun Things at Meoto Yokocho, Ise

    ISE Meotoiwa Meoto Yokocho shops, restaurants and an aquarium are a fun visit for the whole family when you are in the Ise area. Situated by the sea and the entrance to the famous Meoto Iwa (“Wedded Rocks)” is Meoto Yokocho, a shopping and restaur...

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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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