List of feature articles of Mie in Japan

  • Fully enjoying Ama divers’ hometown “Pearl Farm Visit & Making traditional Japanese Sandals” -  Learn About Akoya Oyster Farming and Make Beautiful Pearl Keepsakes

    Fully enjoying Ama divers’ hometown “Pearl Farm Visit & Making traditional Japanese Sandals” - Learn About Akoya Oyster Farming and Make Beautiful Pearl Keepsakes

    Ise-shima is home to the Japanese cultured pearl industry that was started by Kokichi Mikimoto at the end of the 19th century. The spectacular coastal waters of Mie near Ise-Shima are dotted with islands that provide a perfect environment for the ...

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  • Katsuo No Tenpaku, Katsuo Ibushi Goya in Shima city Mie prefecture, Bonito flakes with a one of a kind story.

    Katsuo No Tenpaku, Katsuo Ibushi Goya in Shima city Mie prefecture, Bonito flakes with a one of a kind story.

    Meticulous production process, historical significance, spiritual weight, unique connection to the region, and delicious taste “katsuobushi”!

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  • Suzuka Circuit, at where to experience the true, real car race! Full if energy and healing!

    Suzuka Circuit, at where to experience the true, real car race! Full if energy and healing!

    You may have heard of the term “F1” while have you ever been to a real circuit? “Suzuka Circuit” is, of course, a spot for car lovers, but it’s also for the great, various amazement of motor sports of all! Authentic F1 exhibition, attraction rid...

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  • The 2 selections of the "Spectacular View of the Ume in Mie" which is beautiful and romantic

    The 2 selections of the "Spectacular View of the Ume in Mie" which is beautiful and romantic

    During the end of February to the end of March, we know that the Spring has come when the plum flowers bloom. Also in Mie Prefecture, the beautiful pink flowers of plum bloom and color the bottom of Suzuka Mountains. Inabe-city Agricultural Park...

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  • Sizzling hot, wire-net grilled seafood is so delicious!  Let's go to try the Amagoya (woman divers hut) experience!

    Sizzling hot, wire-net grilled seafood is so delicious! Let's go to try the Amagoya (woman divers hut) experience!

    Do you know what "Ama" is? Ama is a woman who dives into the sea and catches shellfish or seaweeds. Women divers are registered as Japan's Intangible Cultural Heritage and there are only a few places in Japan where there are women d...

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  • ABOUT NINJAS, NINJYUTSU, WEAPONS, LIFESTYLE|INTRODUCING EVENTS TO EXPERIENCE NINJA IN MIE PREFECTURE!

    ABOUT NINJAS, NINJYUTSU, WEAPONS, LIFESTYLE|INTRODUCING EVENTS TO EXPERIENCE NINJA IN MIE PREFECTURE!

    What exactly were the ninjas like? We will introduce how ninjas originated, their roles, and the kinds of ninja there were. We will also present the relevant ninja events held in Mie Prefecture. Let’s try to learn more about the ninjas.

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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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  • Hands-on Pearl Harvesting at the Pearl Workshop: Shinju no Sato

    Hands-on Pearl Harvesting at the Pearl Workshop: Shinju no Sato

    Pearl Workshop Shinju no Sato is located in a an offshoot of Ago Bay, in Shima, Mie Prefecture. Shima juts out into the Pacific Ocean, but the land around the bay protects it from typhoons, making it a great environment for Akoya oysters. This is ...

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  • Suzuka Circuit: Fast Family Fun at a Huge Amusement Park

    Suzuka Circuit: Fast Family Fun at a Huge Amusement Park

    A few times a year, I notice an influx of foreigners around Suzuka and wonder, “what’s going on?” I’ve come to realize the answer is always that there is an F1 race at Suzuka Circuit. Suzuka is reason enough to make the trip all the way to Japa...

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  • Yokoyama Observatory, with the perfect view of Ago Bay, is re-opened after renovation!  Be amazed by the newly opened “Sky Cafe Terrace”, too!

    Yokoyama Observatory, with the perfect view of Ago Bay, is re-opened after renovation! Be amazed by the newly opened “Sky Cafe Terrace”, too!

    Yokoyama Observatory is now re-opened in spring, 2018! Visitors can enjoy the splendid green views from different angles of the three refurbished decks. And, a café is newly opened for the indulgence for great tastes in the Ise Shima area in summe...

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  • The Matsusaka experience: World-class beef, traditional kimono, and historical city walks

    The Matsusaka experience: World-class beef, traditional kimono, and historical city walks

    Matsusaka, not just a city known for its world-famous beef. There is also a rich historical tradition and ancient architectural structures to explore and experience.

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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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  • 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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  • Ryofuso Ryokan - A Cave of Wonders!

    Ryofuso Ryokan - A Cave of Wonders!

    Have you ever dined or taken a bath in a cave? Now you can! At Ryofuso Ryokan Hotel, you can enjoy a unique dining experience and a bathing experience like no other! Don’t worry - these two experiences don’t happen at the same time!

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  • A Day with the AMA san ~Ama Hut SATOUMIAN~

    A Day with the AMA san ~Ama Hut SATOUMIAN~

    Spend a day with the AMA san and learn about the food they catch and some of the crafts they make from pearls, and see the beautiful area where they work.

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  • After visiting Ise Jingu, enjoy Okage-yokocho walk

    After visiting Ise Jingu, enjoy Okage-yokocho walk

    After visiting Ise Jingu, enjoy taking a walk at "Mukashi-machi" (old townscape). Along the stone paving on the bank of Isuzu-gawa river starting from the Ujibashi bridge at the entrance to the Naiku (Toyo-uke Daijingu) of Ise Jingu, y...

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

    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 beautiful blooming of plum flow...

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  • Kumano Kodo Iseji Route and Photogenic Spots in Kumano

    Kumano Kodo Iseji Route and Photogenic Spots in Kumano

    When you hear the word “Kumano,” you probably associate it with “Kumano Kodo.” On this trip, I walked the Iseji Route, the only route of Kumano Kodo that is in Mie Prefecture.

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  • 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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  • The pride of Mie’s autumn! Autumn leaves at Mt. Gozaisho-dake

    The pride of Mie’s autumn! Autumn leaves at Mt. Gozaisho-dake

    Mt. Gozaisho-dake in the northern part of Mie Prefecture straddles the area between Komono Town and Shiga Prefecture. It is a part of the Suzuka mountain range and has an elevation of 1,212 meters. I am lucky to live at the base of Mt. Gozaisho-da...

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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...

    https://www.kankomie.or.jp/en/report/detail_249.html
  • 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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