List of feature articles of Mie in Japan

  • 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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  • 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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  • Osatsu Beachside BBQ & Town Walk

    Osatsu Beachside BBQ & Town Walk

    Visit Osatsu in southern Mie and experience the beautiful and delicious AMA culture firsthand as you enjoy a BBQ next to the ocean and visit a historical shrine. You can also learn about the AMA culture at a small visitor’s center as well as arou...

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  • Iga Ueno Castle: You Can Enjoy Castle and Ninja Experience in Japan

    Iga Ueno Castle: You Can Enjoy Castle and Ninja Experience in Japan

    Iga Ueno Castle in Mie Prefecture, also known as White Phoenix Castle, stands atop massive fortifications overlooking the city. At the Danjiri Museum just outside Ueno Park, you can get a ninja outfit for your journey. In the castle, you’ll find a...

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  • The ama-san (female divers) house “Hachimankamado” is a popular spot among foreign tourists in where you can be amazed by the precise experience of meeting traditional Japanese female divers.

    The ama-san (female divers) house “Hachimankamado” is a popular spot among foreign tourists in where you can be amazed by the precise experience of meeting traditional Japanese female divers.

    An ama-san (female divers) house in where real, true ama-sans grill fresh seafood right in front of you. It’s a popular spot for foreign tourists, and a place at where you can be amazed by the precise experience of meeting real ama-sans while enjo...

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  • Experience the original ninja arts at the Ninja Museum of Igaryu!  Go and meet up the energetic Ninjas!

    Experience the original ninja arts at the Ninja Museum of Igaryu! Go and meet up the energetic Ninjas!

    If you are thinking of meeting true, real ninja, you should never miss Ninja Museum of Igaryu! There you can visit real ninja houses with detailed explanation from our ninja staff, see the well-preserved and well-arranged historical ninja exhibits...

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  • In Iga Castle Town, it is ALL about the Ninja

    In Iga Castle Town, it is ALL about the Ninja

    Ninja were a covert agent mysterious class of martial artists, spys and secret messengers in feudal and samurai era Japan, they prided themselves on being invisible and hiding in plain site, but in the castle town of Iga, in Mie prefecture you can...

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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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  • Visiting Mie with your family: Experience the beauty and charm of life by the sea

    Visiting Mie with your family: Experience the beauty and charm of life by the sea

    As an island nation, Japan has many beautiful coastal areas where visitors can learn about the diverse creatures in the ocean, eat delicious seafood and enjoy hands-on tourism activities. Mie Prefecture offers tourists an incredible range of exper...

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  • Take an enlightening journey into the history of haiku in Iga City.

    Take an enlightening journey into the history of haiku in Iga City.

    Haiku is a distinctive style of Japanese poetry that is known for its simple structure and the beautiful imagery it can evoke. One of the revered masters of haiku was Matsuo Basho, who was born in what is now Iga City in Mie Prefecture. Visitors w...

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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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  • 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 the ancient world of the ninja and experience history at Ninja Kingdom Ise

    Enter the ancient world of the ninja and experience history at Ninja Kingdom Ise

    At Ninja Kingdom Ise, visitors will enter the intriguing world of the classic Japanese assassins. You will immerse yourself in another time while wearing a ninja costume and being surrounded by traditional buildings that were reconstructed in pain...

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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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  • Enter the non-verbal world of Cafe Torinkan and heighten your senses

    Enter the non-verbal world of Cafe Torinkan and heighten your senses

    Cafe Torinkan offers a unique environment to enjoy a coffee, eat sweets and share your creative spirit. The cafe is located in a former primary school that has retained most of its charm and feels like a living museum of traditional Japanese educa...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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