List of feature articles of Mie in Japan

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cycling around Mie’s Historic Town: Meiwacho

    Cycling around Mie’s Historic Town: Meiwacho

    For my first day in Mie, I visited the historic town of Meiwacho! For a small town overshadowed between 2 big cities: Matsusaka and Ise, Meiwacho had so much to offer and played an incredibly important role in Japan’s history. We rented some...

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  • Meet the master swordsmith who keeps alive the tradition of Japanese swords in Kumano

    Meet the master swordsmith who keeps alive the tradition of Japanese swords in Kumano

    We visited Kenichiro Sumiya, a young swordsmith who has a workshop in the deep forest mountains of Kumano City, and were shown around his workshop while listening to his stories about sword making and the history of Japanese swords. Written by ...

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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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  • Bringing the ama culture to the world! This is the story of a mother and son at Hachiman Kamado, an ama hut where people gather with smiles.

    Bringing the ama culture to the world! This is the story of a mother and son at Hachiman Kamado, an ama hut where people gather with smiles.

    The Ise-Shima region is a scenic area where the sunshine pours down on the ria coast of the sea and mountains. It is also famous as a tourist destination with the Ise Jingu Shrine and the resort town of Kashikojima. In 2019, The divers of Toba an...

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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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  • 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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  • An experience-based tourism utilizing the rich local resources of Taiki Town! The story of farm stay guest houses owners who convey the charm of their region to people in Japan and abroad through their guest houses

    An experience-based tourism utilizing the rich local resources of Taiki Town! The story of farm stay guest houses owners who convey the charm of their region to people in Japan and abroad through their guest houses

    Taiki town is a small town with a population of about 8,000. It has a mild climate and is home to the sea, mountains, and rivers. With the Nishiki fishing port facing the Kumanonada Sea, the World Heritage Sites of Tsuzurato-toge Pass, Nisaka-toge...

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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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  •  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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  • Suzuka Circuit: The Need for Speed

    Suzuka Circuit: The Need for Speed

    Since time immemorial Ise Jingu Shrine in Mie Prefecture has drawn countless devotees from all over Japan. However, in 1962, a new “sacred site” for motorsports fans sparked a different kind of pilgrimage, as a great number of people crossed the g...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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