List of feature articles of Mie in Japan

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • SPIRITUAL ROUTE CYCLING & MATSUSAKA BEEF BBQ - Visit One of Japan’s Most Significant Shrines and Taste World Famous Beef

    SPIRITUAL ROUTE CYCLING & MATSUSAKA BEEF BBQ - Visit One of Japan’s Most Significant Shrines and Taste World Famous Beef

    Takihara Grand Shrine (“Takiharagu” in Japanese) is one of the most sacred places in all of Japan. It is an associated shrine (“betsugu” in Japanese) to Ise Jingu, one of Mie Prefecture’s most famous sites. Matsusaka beef comes from Japanese Black...

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  • EXPLORE OSUGIDANI WITH A MOUNTAIN HERMIT - Spend a Day in a National Park with an Expert Guide

    EXPLORE OSUGIDANI WITH A MOUNTAIN HERMIT - Spend a Day in a National Park with an Expert Guide

    Mie Prefecture is home to the UNESCO Eco Park Yoshino-Kumano National Park, where you can visit numerous waterfalls, hike deep into the untouched forest and enjoy the spectacular views of the Osugidani Gorge. A local hermit with an adventurous...

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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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  • Blending Nature and History on the Ancient Kumano-kodo Pilgrimage Trail

    Blending Nature and History on the Ancient Kumano-kodo Pilgrimage Trail

    The Kumano-kodo trail is a sacred pilgrimage route and an official World Heritage Site. This extensive network of trails has been in use for over 1,000 years and offers numerous hiking options for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts. For visitors wh...

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  • Free-Falling from a Helicopter at 10,000 Feet Over Ago Bay with the Ise-Shima Skydiving Club

    Free-Falling from a Helicopter at 10,000 Feet Over Ago Bay with the Ise-Shima Skydiving Club

    The rias coast in the Ise-Shima area of Mie Prefecture offers incredibly beautiful views with numerous islands of various sizes and deep inlets such as Ago Bay. Truly adventurous visitors can get a bird’s eye view of this natural beauty from 10,00...

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  • Doing Yoga in a natural setting, at a beautiful resort, with an amazing teacher.

    Doing Yoga in a natural setting, at a beautiful resort, with an amazing teacher.

    This was a great experience that I could only have had in Mie. I really appreciated the landscape near the sea and in the mountains.The combination of everything was really unique and appreciated. It was a top notch Yoga experience at a beautiful ...

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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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  • SPIRITING AROUND KUMANO MOUNTAINS~Two Days in Kumano:Second day~

    SPIRITING AROUND KUMANO MOUNTAINS~Two Days in Kumano:Second day~

    Sure the World Heritage sites in Kumano are great, but there are other sites to see up in the mountainous areas of Kumano. Go pick oranges and other fruit, relax at Kumano Club Hotel, and see the amazing terraced mountainside in Maruyama Senmaida!

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  • Cycling and Sailing Around Shima

    Cycling and Sailing Around Shima

    Blue skies, a gentle ocean breeze and panoramic views of the shore make for a fantastic cycling tour! Riding along the shore is perfect for beginner to intermediate cyclists who want to enjoy the beautiful Shima area! Crossing back and forth over...

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  • Ise-Shima-A breathtaking view and a new perspective-Yokoyama Observatory, breathtaking views of Ago Bay from atop the impressive Mount Yokoyama!

    Ise-Shima-A breathtaking view and a new perspective-Yokoyama Observatory, breathtaking views of Ago Bay from atop the impressive Mount Yokoyama!

    Come along with me on a journey to the top of one of the most famed lookouts in west-ern Japan. I will make my way to the top of Mount Yokoyama and take in the view of the spectacular Ago bay. The observation deck atop the mountain has been revamp...

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  • Kumano river Taikanjuku-Sail Kumano river in a Sandanbo, traditional riverboat in the Kumano region. Traverse the rough waters and learn about the historical and spiritual significance of this UNESCO World Heritage waterway.

    Kumano river Taikanjuku-Sail Kumano river in a Sandanbo, traditional riverboat in the Kumano region. Traverse the rough waters and learn about the historical and spiritual significance of this UNESCO World Heritage waterway.

    Recently I had the pleasure of traversing this sacred body of water on a traditional riverboat known as a Sandanbo. The scenery during the trip was very picturesque and worthy of a postcard. It was very exciting to learn about the Kumano River and...

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  • Cycling-Travelling around Ise-Shima on two wheels!

    Cycling-Travelling around Ise-Shima on two wheels!

    Bicycle Journey Ise-Shima, the place to go to get your hands on high performance bicycles that provide travelers with an accessible and pleasant way to explore the Ise-Shima area. I loved every moment peddling away on my adventure around the area....

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  • Gozaisho Ski Resort- full of smiles of children. Going into a spacious silver world just by a ropeway ride !

    Gozaisho Ski Resort- full of smiles of children. Going into a spacious silver world just by a ropeway ride !

    Skiing is simply the best winter sport! Have you ever thought of enjoying an easy but enjoyable skiing experience in Japan? Gozaisho Ski Resort is simply the best, easily accessible spot to fulfill your dream. Wonderful views from the ropeway!...

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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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