List of feature articles of Mie in Japan

  • The Story of “Irokuma.”  A serving of humanity, nature, and daily life in the countryside.

    The Story of “Irokuma.” A serving of humanity, nature, and daily life in the countryside.

    Kumano City, located in the southern part of Mie Prefecture, is a region rich in history and culture. Time passes slowly here. It is home to several World Heritage Sites, including the ancient pilgrimage pathway “Kumano Kodo”, Onigajo, and Hana-no...

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  • Discover the Beauty of Ise’s Legendary Futami

    Discover the Beauty of Ise’s Legendary Futami

    Along the southern coast of Ise Bay lies Futami, a spiritual corner of Ise City that is enveloped in Shinto myths and legends. For centuries, pilgrims have stopped at Futami Okitama Shrine here to purify themselves before visiting the venerated sh...

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  • Bicycle Journey through Shima City

    Bicycle Journey through Shima City

    Although it is officially labeled a “city,” Shima City is a treasure house of unspoiled nature. Think about this: it is actually located within the Ise-Shima National Park in Mie Prefecture! It is a surprise how such a destination so far-remove...

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  • Art of Lights Created by Cutting-Edge Technology: Yokkaichi Nighttime Factory Views

    Art of Lights Created by Cutting-Edge Technology: Yokkaichi Nighttime Factory Views

    There is a photo spot in Mie Prefecture that photographers from all over Japan and the world are keen to visit. No, it’s not the pristine nature of the mountains, nor an ancient temple (although those are great too). It’s the petroleum and chemica...

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  •  A Stay at VISON, Day 2: All-in-One Resort Featuring Mie’s Finest

    A Stay at VISON, Day 2: All-in-One Resort Featuring Mie’s Finest

    In my previous article, I expressed amazement at how much of a therapeutic wonderland VISON, the newest resort in Mie, is. Today, let me bring you along to explore further into the world of food and dining, leisure activities, and local culture th...

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  • A Stay at VISON, Day 1: A Healing Eden for Grown-Ups

    A Stay at VISON, Day 1: A Healing Eden for Grown-Ups

    Mie Prefecture can satisfy almost every traveler — the culinary perfectionist, the history buff, the spiritual seeker, the ninja diehard, the thrill addict, and of course, the skirt-twirling In-stagrammer who will be delighted to find endless nove...

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  • Autumn at Akame 48 Waterfalls: colored leaves, stunning waterfalls, and fantastic night lights

    Autumn at Akame 48 Waterfalls: colored leaves, stunning waterfalls, and fantastic night lights

    This valley is located in the mountains of western Mie Prefecture, on the border with Nara Prefecture, and is part of the Muroo-Akame-Aoyama Quasi-National Park. On this trip, I went to see the beautiful scenery that can only be enjoyed in autumn ...

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  • Try These Three Unique Sushi Dishes from Mie Prefecture

    Try These Three Unique Sushi Dishes from Mie Prefecture

    Mie Prefecture boasts some rich fishing grounds in Ise Bay and Kumano Bay. Thanks to this abundance, local people across the prefecture have developed regional sushi types that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

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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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  • 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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  • Creating a base for fun rural tourism through agriculture! The story of  "Inosan Farm" that is creating a movement in the hot spring resort.

    Creating a base for fun rural tourism through agriculture! The story of "Inosan Farm" that is creating a movement in the hot spring resort.

    "Inokura Onsen" springs at the foot of the Aoyama Highlands in Hakusan-cho, Tsu City, located in the middle of Mie Prefecture, surrounded by mountains. The pH of the springs is 9.4 - 9.7.

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  • Komono - A town of healing where you can soothe your soul and body, surrounded by nature

    Komono - A town of healing where you can soothe your soul and body, surrounded by nature

    Komono Town, located just 30 minutes or so from Yokkaichi City, is a laid-back and picturesque area with a mountainous backdrop of the Suzuka Seven Mountain range. The area attracts visitors who come here to hike the mountains, soak in its many ho...

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  • One of Japan’s Most Eye-catching Festival Floats: Yokkaichi City’s Onyudo Float

    One of Japan’s Most Eye-catching Festival Floats: Yokkaichi City’s Onyudo Float

    Japanese people love to gather in groups for enjoyment. Across Japan, you’ll find thousands of festivals of every theme imaginable, from peaceful flower events to dazzling fireworks displays. Many traditional festivals use decorative floats, with ...

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  • Mie's Ever-evolving Tradition: Suzuka-zumi Ink

    Mie's Ever-evolving Tradition: Suzuka-zumi Ink

    You’ve probably seen traditional Japanese sumi ink in some form, whether in traditional black ink-brush paintings or a piece of calligraphy. For almost 1,300 years, just three simple ingredients — soot, nikawa glue and natural fragrance — have bee...

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  • Tsuitachi-mochi in Mie: Lucky charms made just once a year

    Tsuitachi-mochi in Mie: Lucky charms made just once a year

    On the first day of each month, before the dawn's first light, the area around Akafuku Honten (main store) is very crowded with people. What are they all waiting for? The famous Tsuitachi-mochi, of course!

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  • A change of pace in the daily life of a matcha farmer.  You can enjoy a leisurely countryside experience at Kabusecha Cafe.

    A change of pace in the daily life of a matcha farmer. You can enjoy a leisurely countryside experience at Kabusecha Cafe.

    Suizawa-cho is located at the backroom of Yokkaichi city, called an industrial city, at the foot of Mt.Suzuka, and has Miyazuma Gorge, a scenic spot, writen by Sarumaru no Taifu, on the series Hyakunin Isshu. Kabusecha, produced in Mie prefecture...

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  • Trip to Kumano Vol. 3: Kumano coastline boat cruise—A spectacular view of the rocky Kumano coastline created by nature, Blue Cave

    Trip to Kumano Vol. 3: Kumano coastline boat cruise—A spectacular view of the rocky Kumano coastline created by nature, Blue Cave

    Along with Onigajo, another beautiful scenic spot on the Ria Coast in the southern part of Mie Prefecture is the Blue Cave. While Onigajo is an amazing view that can be seen from the land as well as the sea, this spot is only able to be viewed fro...

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  • Trip to Kumano Vol. 1: The Onigura & Torokko Old Mine Area Spend a cool summertime in the mountains of Kumano!

    Trip to Kumano Vol. 1: The Onigura & Torokko Old Mine Area Spend a cool summertime in the mountains of Kumano!

    Summer in Japan is famous for its extremely hot, damp and humid climate, but if you head to the mountains, you can enjoy cooler temperatures, surrounded by nature. On this trip, I went to the mountainous area of Kumano City. Kumano City, located i...

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  • Trip to Kumano Vol. 2: Onigajyo—The Spectacular View Spot Created by Nature

    Trip to Kumano Vol. 2: Onigajyo—The Spectacular View Spot Created by Nature

    Stunning Onigajo World Heritage site in southern Mie Prefecture, an epic work of art made by nature. Experience the mysterious scenery of the natural environment that weaves along the sea and rocks.

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  • Home to Fun Things at Meoto Yokocho, Ise

    Home to Fun Things at Meoto Yokocho, Ise

    ISE Meotoiwa Meoto Yokocho shops, restaurants and an aquarium are a fun visit for the whole family when you are in the Ise area. Situated by the sea and the entrance to the famous Meoto Iwa (“Wedded Rocks)” is Meoto Yokocho, a shopping and restaur...

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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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