List of feature articles of Mie in Japan

  • Dive into the Ninja World at Ninja Kingdom Ise!

    Dive into the Ninja World at Ninja Kingdom Ise!

    One of the things popularly associated with Japan is ninja. In Japan there were several bases of real ninja (covert agents or mercenaries), who were most active during the feudal period from around the 16th-17th centuries, and the Iga area in Mie ...

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  • Nature, Nurture, Culture: Unagi in Tsu City

    Nature, Nurture, Culture: Unagi in Tsu City

    Ah, summertime. The season of ice cream, watermelon, popsicles, and… grilled eel. Wait a second. Did you say eel? That’s right. Known in Japan as "unagi", eel is a summertime treat of the Japanese archipelago prized for its power to rech...

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  • VISON: A place of health, relaxation and becoming one with nature

    VISON: A place of health, relaxation and becoming one with nature

    I recently had the pleasure of visiting a newly opened, on June 5, section of the expanding VISON, well-being and relaxation resort facilities located in Taki Town. So what is VISON? VISON is a bit of a play on words in Japanese and means “beaut...

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  • Toba Aquarium: A Wet and Wild Adventure for the Whole Family

    Toba Aquarium: A Wet and Wild Adventure for the Whole Family

    If you’re fascinated by the open water and all the amazing creatures that reside there, then a visit to Toba Aquarium is a must. Opened in 1955, this facility has spent over 65 years educating and entertaining visitors from all over the world. Her...

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  • Nabana no Sato - A one-of-a-kind feast for the senses!

    Nabana no Sato - A one-of-a-kind feast for the senses!

    Imagine an endless field full of flowers painting the land in swathes of bright red, yellow and white, the horizon fringed in clouds of cherry blossoms against a big blue sky. As dusk descends, paths lined among flowering trees illuminate the nigh...

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  • Yunoyama Onsen and Mt. Gozaisho - Escape to a quiet mountain village with lush forests, waterfalls and hot springs

    Yunoyama Onsen and Mt. Gozaisho - Escape to a quiet mountain village with lush forests, waterfalls and hot springs

    Fancy a quite getaway to a place that has an abundance of natural beauty, contrasting seasonal changes, hiking and hot springs? Look no further than Yunoyama Onsen located in Komono at the northern part of Mie Prefecture in central Japan. Yunoyama...

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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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  • Experience the deep history and culture of Iga on a ninja-themed tour of fun activities

    Experience the deep history and culture of Iga on a ninja-themed tour of fun activities

    One of the most popular historical characters in Japan is the mysterious ninja. Many foreign visitors have a strong desire to seek out experiences that can offer a glimpse into the secretive world of the famous spies of feudal Japan. A trip to Iga...

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  • Brighten Up the Evening with Yokkaichi City’s Nightlife

    Brighten Up the Evening with Yokkaichi City’s Nightlife

    Yokkaichi City sits on the edge of Ise Bay, teeming with seafood and surrounded with bright city lights. The gateway to the many natural and spiritual wonders of Mie Prefecture, the city itself makes for a dazzling destination to satisfy sightseer...

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  • Be amazed by the over 1,200 species of marine life at Toba Aquarium.

    Be amazed by the over 1,200 species of marine life at Toba Aquarium.

    The Toba Aquarium in Ise-Shima is home to the largest collection of marine wildlife in Japan, with over 1,200 different species. Visitors can learn all about these beautiful creatures and get close enough to see their personalities on display. As ...

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  • Enjoy fields of beautiful flowers and eco-friendly illuminations at Nabana no Sato

    Enjoy fields of beautiful flowers and eco-friendly illuminations at Nabana no Sato

    Nabana no Sato is a popular entartainment park within Nagashima Resort, that also contains Nagashima Spa Land, Nagashima Onsen, Nagashima Farm, and other areas. The park is famous for its large-scale illumination displays using millions of LED li...

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  • In the Aoyamakogen Highlands, sustainable energy is being produced in harmony with nature.

    In the Aoyamakogen Highlands, sustainable energy is being produced in harmony with nature.

    Japanese culture has always had a deep respect for the natural world and the country is committed to developing renewable energy sources. This focus on achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will help to ensure that future generations have...

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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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  • Looking Way Up at Hana no Iwaya, Japan’s Oldest Shrine which appears in mythology

    Looking Way Up at Hana no Iwaya, Japan’s Oldest Shrine which appears in mythology

    In Kumano City, a small city on the coast of Mie Prefecture with a bustling fishing industry, tourists and worshippers can visit Hana no Iwaya Shrine, which is so revered that it appears in Shinto mythology. It is Japan’s oldest Shinto Shrine and...

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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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  • 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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