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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  • 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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  • Summer Illuminations at Nabana no Sato  A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Summer Illuminations at Nabana no Sato A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Nabana no Sato's winter illuminations are world-renowned, but have you heard about the summer light-up? This year (2021), for only the second time, the famous flower paradise garden 30 minutes by car from central Nagoya flips the switch on its S...

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  • Akame 48 Waterfalls:A group of beautiful waterfalls preserved by the locals

    Akame 48 Waterfalls:A group of beautiful waterfalls preserved by the locals

    The Akame ravine in Mie Prefecture is well known for two reasons, having a large number of spectacular waterfalls and being the ancient ninja training ground in feudal Japan. Every season offers a different experience for visitors to the Akame 48 ...

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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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  • Aonominesan Shofuku-ji: Temple in the mountains

    Aonominesan Shofuku-ji: Temple in the mountains

    Visit this beautiful Buddhist temple set high in the mountains of southern Mie Prefecture for a refreshing, soul cleansing experience after spending the morning on a scenic hike.

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  • Not Just an Ordinary Tree.-Mihama, home of the 1500 year old giant Camphor tree of Hikitsukuri shrine and southern Mie prefecture's longest stretch of beach.

    Not Just an Ordinary Tree.-Mihama, home of the 1500 year old giant Camphor tree of Hikitsukuri shrine and southern Mie prefecture's longest stretch of beach.

    In Mihama I visited a 1500 year old tree that not only the biggest tree that I’ve ever seen, it also has the responsibility of looking after the people in the valley that it sits above.

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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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  • ABOUT THE AMA, HISTORY, WORK, CULTURE OF AMA DIVERS. |INTRODUCTION OF AMA TOURIST SPOTS IN MIE PREFECTURE.

    ABOUT THE AMA, HISTORY, WORK, CULTURE OF AMA DIVERS. |INTRODUCTION OF AMA TOURIST SPOTS IN MIE PREFECTURE.

    Ama diving is a traditional form of skin-diving in Japan. It has a long history, and the traditional skin-diving skill of ama is acknowledged and designated as an intangible cultural heritage of Mie Prefecture.

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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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  • Cycling and Sightseeing: Explore the Ise-Shima Region on Two Wheels

    Cycling and Sightseeing: Explore the Ise-Shima Region on Two Wheels

    Exploring by bicycle is a “freewheeling” way to get to know a new place and what it has to offer. Plus, it’s eco-friendly! This makes it perfect for getting around Ise-Shima National Park, which covers most of central Mie Prefecture, including Ise...

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  • The Kimono’s Secret: Ise Katagami

    The Kimono’s Secret: Ise Katagami

    Ise katagami plays an indelible part in the story of kimono. Regarded as “the soul of Japanese aesthetics,” the ancient art of these stencils for dyeing fabric influenced design within Japan and beyond. Once ardently sought by the rich and powerfu...

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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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  • 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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  • MIKISATO BEACH KAYAKING AND SHRINE PILGRIMAGE - Follow the Ancient Path of Edo Period Pilgrims by Kayak to Beautiful Asuka Shrine

    MIKISATO BEACH KAYAKING AND SHRINE PILGRIMAGE - Follow the Ancient Path of Edo Period Pilgrims by Kayak to Beautiful Asuka Shrine

    Mikisato beach is a stretch of beautiful white sand that slopes into the clear blue waters of Kata Bay in Mie Prefecture. The protected waters of the bay are perfect for open water kayaking and, with the help of a guide, can be navigated by beginn...

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  • 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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  • Yokkaichi Nighttime Factory Views: the Glittery Gorgeous Side of Heavy Industry

    Yokkaichi Nighttime Factory Views: the Glittery Gorgeous Side of Heavy Industry

    The phenomenon of factories gaining popularity as nighttime sightseeing spots has brought tourists and photographers to many industrial areas in Japan. And it’s agreed that Yokkaichi City’s views are top tier. Walking through the area makes you fe...

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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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  • Three World Heritage Sites~Two Days in Kumano:First day~

    Three World Heritage Sites~Two Days in Kumano:First day~

    It’s rare that you can visit three world heritage sites in a single day, even more rare to be able to visit three within 30 minutes! Join me on my trip to Kumano, Mie where I explore the old and discover the new!

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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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