List of feature articles of Mie in Japan

  • 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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  • 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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  • Discover the secrets of the ninja at Iga Ueno Castle near where they originated from in feudal Japan

    Discover the secrets of the ninja at Iga Ueno Castle near where they originated from in feudal Japan

    The ninja hold a special place in Japanese history and are known around the world as symbols of stealth and unconventional warfare. These mysterious spies of feudal Japan practiced the art of ninjutsu, which was developed in Iga (now Mie Prefectur...

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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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  • Visit sacred Ise Jingu Shrine and explore traditional streets and shops in Okage Yokocho.

    Visit sacred Ise Jingu Shrine and explore traditional streets and shops in Okage Yokocho.

    When Japanese people travel to Mie Prefecture,they usually visit Ise Jingu, the most sacred shinto shrine in Japan. Worshippers in Edo Period(1600-1868) felt it was necessary to make the journey and pray at the sacred shrine at least once in their...

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  • Hiking the Hajikami-toge Pass on the Historic Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trails

    Hiking the Hajikami-toge Pass on the Historic Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trails

    The Kumano kodo is an extensive network of pilgrimage trails that has been in use for over 1,000 years and visitors can experience a special combination of nature and tradition on these routes. It is one of only two pilgrimage routes in the world ...

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  • Experience the beauty and tradition of ceramics at Banko no Sato Hall

    Experience the beauty and tradition of ceramics at Banko no Sato Hall

    Visitors to Banko no Sato Hall in Yokkaichi will have a chance to appreciate traditional Banko ware. This distinctive clay pottery has been crafted in Mie Prefecture for over 300 years and the tradition lives on in the showroom and hands-on experi...

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  • Enjoy exclusive and exquisite Iga Beef at one of Mie’s most popular sukiyaki restaurants

    Enjoy exclusive and exquisite Iga Beef at one of Mie’s most popular sukiyaki restaurants

    Mie Prefecture is famous in Japan for producing delicious beef under strict conditions. The most well known is Matsusaka Beef, which can be found around the country in upscale restaurants and meat shops. The other famous locally raised beef is Iga...

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  • Learn to Make Sanma zushi and Mehari zushi in Kumano City

    Learn to Make Sanma zushi and Mehari zushi in Kumano City

    Experience one of the culinary traditions of the Kumano region by learning how to make Sanma zushi(sushi) and Mehari zushi(sushi) with local experts who will show you the hospitality that Mie Prefecture is famous for. Participants will make their ...

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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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  • ILLUMINATION SUP – A BEAUTIFUL COMBINATION OF WATER AND LIGHT - All Ages Can Enjoy Beautiful Scenery and Twinkling Lights While Experiencing SUP Near Odai Town

    ILLUMINATION SUP – A BEAUTIFUL COMBINATION OF WATER AND LIGHT - All Ages Can Enjoy Beautiful Scenery and Twinkling Lights While Experiencing SUP Near Odai Town

    Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is an activity that can be enjoyed by anyone who loves the outdoors. Participants who sign up for the Illumination SUP experience in Odai will head out on the calm waters of the Miyagawa River at night on a paddleboar...

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  • NIGHT WATERFALL TOUR “NIGHT ADVENTURE TOUR AIMING FOR A SUPERB WATERFALL FROM REAL DARKNESS” - Make Your Way in the Dark Alongside a Rushing Mountain Stream to See Fudo-daki

    NIGHT WATERFALL TOUR “NIGHT ADVENTURE TOUR AIMING FOR A SUPERB WATERFALL FROM REAL DARKNESS” - Make Your Way in the Dark Alongside a Rushing Mountain Stream to See Fudo-daki

    Fudo-daki is a powerful 30-meter high waterfall in the mountains of Okuise near Odai Town in Mie Prefecture. Bold adventurers looking for a new experience can hike up the mountain from the Okuise Forestpia hotel parking lot to the falls in total d...

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  • KUMANO RIVER SANDANBO CRUISE AND MANDALA – SECRETS OF PILGRIMAGE -  Follow an Ancient Pilgrimage Route on a Traditional Three-sail Boat and Visit a Sacred Shrine

    KUMANO RIVER SANDANBO CRUISE AND MANDALA – SECRETS OF PILGRIMAGE - Follow an Ancient Pilgrimage Route on a Traditional Three-sail Boat and Visit a Sacred Shrine

    The Kumano Kodo are a vast network of pilgrimage trails where visitors can travel on ancient routes that have been in use by Japanese travelers for over 1,000 years. On the Kii Peninsula between Kiho City in Mie Prefecture and Shingu City in Wakay...

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  • OWASE POST TOWN PILGRIMAGE EXPERIENCE - Participate in Unique Drum-based Prayers and Sample Local Delicacies

    OWASE POST TOWN PILGRIMAGE EXPERIENCE - Participate in Unique Drum-based Prayers and Sample Local Delicacies

    Owase is a lively Edo-period town that was a post station (“Shukuba” in Japanese) on one of the traditional travel routes in ancient Japan. The post towns served as rest stops, providing accommodation, shops and more for travelers on their journey...

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  • KII-NAGASHIMA FISHING TOWN PILGRIMAGE WALK/RELAXING WALK THROUGH FISHING VILLAGE - Soak Up the Atmosphere and Step Back in Time with Local Guides

    KII-NAGASHIMA FISHING TOWN PILGRIMAGE WALK/RELAXING WALK THROUGH FISHING VILLAGE - Soak Up the Atmosphere and Step Back in Time with Local Guides

    The Kii-Nagashima district of Kihoku Town is a small Showa-era fishing village that is full of historical points of interest. Visitors can try many kinds of seafood caught by local fisherman, learn about the legend of Kappa and see a 1,000-year-ol...

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  • ENJOY THE SEA AND GREENERY! ISE-SHIMA 120% SUPERB VIEW CYCLING TOUR - Cycle With an Experienced Guide In Beautiful Ise-Shima

    ENJOY THE SEA AND GREENERY! ISE-SHIMA 120% SUPERB VIEW CYCLING TOUR - Cycle With an Experienced Guide In Beautiful Ise-Shima

    Ise-Shima in Mie Prefecture is home to white sand beaches, traditional fishing villages, sacred Shinto shrines and spectacular natural beauty. The best way to truly appreciate the amazing seaside views of the area is to join an Ise-Shima 120% Supe...

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  • ODAI GOURMET PICNIC IN YOUR FAVORITE SPOT - Eat a Delicious Lunch of Local Specialties in the Beautiful Spot of Your Choice

    ODAI GOURMET PICNIC IN YOUR FAVORITE SPOT - Eat a Delicious Lunch of Local Specialties in the Beautiful Spot of Your Choice

    Odai is a lovely traditional town in the countryside of Mie Prefecture. It is located in an official UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the surrounding area is bursting with natural beauty that visitors can explore. There are forest-covered mountains, c...

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  • SEASIDE TRAIL RUNNING AND MAKING PIZZA LOCALLY - Run in the Fresh Ocean Air and Make Brick Oven Pizza

    SEASIDE TRAIL RUNNING AND MAKING PIZZA LOCALLY - Run in the Fresh Ocean Air and Make Brick Oven Pizza

    The Taiki Town Seaside Trail is stunningly beautiful and has numerous elevation changes for trail running enthusiasts. Runners will pass through sections of thick forest, mountain terrain and others with wide-open views of the coastline. SANZUI...

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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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