List of feature articles of Mie in Japan

  • 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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  • Sustainability and Forest Tourism in Mie

    Sustainability and Forest Tourism in Mie

    Japan is an island nation covered 70% by forests and mountains and Mie in particular has an ancient history and culture of forestry and wood artistry. Connect in a deeper way with local mountain culture and gain a unique perspective during your ad...

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  • Wellness, Connecting with Nature, and a “Grand” Stay in Mie

    Wellness, Connecting with Nature, and a “Grand” Stay in Mie

    Mie is full of natural wonders, delicious food, and kind hospitality. The coastal towns, ocean spirit and deep forests can be a wonderful place to relax, refresh and discover moments of peace and connection. Enjoying a unique yoga program and then...

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  • Finding Adventure in the Forests of Mie

    Finding Adventure in the Forests of Mie

    The forests of Mie are famous in history and legend. Trees and forestry are a big part of the culture throughout the prefecture. There are also new and exciting ways to celebrate the natural wonders of Mie and learn about yourself along the way. E...

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  • Cycling and A Spa Stay That Was So Much more

    Cycling and A Spa Stay That Was So Much more

    Spending the day and an overnight in Komono Town, Mie was filled with explorations, relaxation and delicious discoveries. It was amazing to pedal around “off the beaten track” and then enjoy all the amazing options and possibilities at Aqua Ignis ...

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  • Cycling & Pottery in Iga: New Ways of Experiencing the Ninja Capital of Japan

    Cycling & Pottery in Iga: New Ways of Experiencing the Ninja Capital of Japan

    Iga, in Mie Prefecture is the undisputed home of the Ninja. The Castle above town and many of the landmarks pay respect to the Ninja and their history, culture and heritage. In my time in Iga I had many chances to learn more about this interesting...

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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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  • 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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  • Kayaking the Coast of Kihoku

    Kayaking the Coast of Kihoku

    For my final day in Mie, I’ll be exploring the Kihoku area on a bright and sunny day. We’ll start the day with a kayak ride on the coast, passing by multiple remote islands, then having lunch at a local Hawaiian cafe ”Douze Shokudo”with the be...

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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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  • River Activities at Mie’s Beautiful Nature: Odai

    River Activities at Mie’s Beautiful Nature: Odai

    River activities are one of my favorite activities during summer. It’s a great way to escape the summer heat and refresh yourself while being active and enjoying the great outdoors. Last summer, I had the opportunity to try some interesting ri...

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  • Touring the Islands of Toba

    Touring the Islands of Toba

    Toba was everything I imagined it to be: cultural, delicious, and fun. It’s the resort town of Mie with hotels lined up along the coastline, lots of seafood cuisines, and tons of fun things to do. During my time in Toba, I had the opportun...

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  • Mt. Gozaisho— A snow paradise with fun for young and old

    Mt. Gozaisho— A snow paradise with fun for young and old

    Mt. Gozaisho, located in the northern part of Mie Prefecture, is a wonderful place to visit during any season throughout the year. But the wintertime is my favorite and it would seem the same for many other outdoor enthusiasts.

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  • The Sacred Shirataki Meditation and Temple in the Sky

    The Sacred Shirataki Meditation and Temple in the Sky

    Within the mountains of Toba lies a sacred waterfall where people have come to meditate for the past 1000 years. The mountain range expands out from the Ise Grand shrine and in this area, nature itself was once worshiped as a god. Many resolve...

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  • Walking Tour of Osatsucho: Home of the Ama Divers

    Walking Tour of Osatsucho: Home of the Ama Divers

    Toba is undoubtedly the resort town of Mie Prefecture. There’s Amazing views, mouthwatering seafood, and a tropical mood in the air. You can enjoy everything from luxury hotels to marine sports and a family-friendly aquarium. Toba is also ...

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  • Outdoor Activities at Meiwacho

    Outdoor Activities at Meiwacho

    After spending the whole morning and afternoon cycling around Meiwacho and visiting many different cultural spots, it was now time to head over to the coast to enjoy some barbecue at a campsite and try out a tent sauna. Finally, to end the day...

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  • Ise Kawasaki: A traditional merchant town where you can delve into the history of Ise

    Ise Kawasaki: A traditional merchant town where you can delve into the history of Ise

    Home to Ise Jingu Shrine, Ise City is replete with ancient customs and practices. The areas surrounding the shrine boast a charming traditional atmosphere. However, if you head a little farther north, you’ll find Ise Kawasaki, an old merchant quar...

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  • Go with the wind. Enjoy a traditional boat trip on the Kumano River-Sandanbo

    Go with the wind. Enjoy a traditional boat trip on the Kumano River-Sandanbo

    World Heritage Site, Kumano River The land of Kumano, which occupies a large part of the Kii Peninsula, has been called the “land of the gods” and the “mysterious land” since ancient times. There are three shrines located around this area. The ...

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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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  • Fully enjoy nature in Iga no Sato Mokumoku Tezukuri Farm!

    Fully enjoy nature in Iga no Sato Mokumoku Tezukuri Farm!

    Get in touch with your inner farmer and immerse yourself in hands-on food-making workshops, getting acquainted with animals, and being in nature. Iga no Sato Mokumoku Tezukuri Farm, also known as Mokumoku Farm, an agricultural park located in Ig...

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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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