Matsusaka Station is only about 10 minutes from Ise City Station via Kintetsu Express train, and about 25 minutes from Toba Station. It's a perfect location to stop by on the way back from Ise. Wear a Matsusaka Momen kimono, walk through the castle town, delight in world-renown Matsusaka beef, and enjoy a retro cafe. Why not head to this quaint town for a little adventure?
Matsusaka, which prospered as a commercial town during the Edo period, is the home of Matsusaka Momen.
Wouldn't you like to strut through the town in a kimono with the castle ruins and old samurai homes to take you back to the past? With the Matsusaka Momen Walk plan, you can rent a kimono set including accessories at a reasonable price, enjoy historical walks through the town, and savor gourmet Matsusaka beef. You can be outfitted with a stylish kimono in only three minutes!
One of Japan's three great types of beef: Matsusaka Beef Satisfaction
If you enjoyed the seafood at Ise Shima, the next place you have to go is Matsusaka, to get authentic Matsusaka beef. The glorious sight of the perfectly-marbled meat makes my heart soar. This is truly the ""art of meat"". I can't stop praising the melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. Delicious! So flavorful! You can't go wrong eating it in sukiyaki or as a steak. You really just can't go wrong. What's more, Matsusaka has committed to a real Japanese-style atmosphere, created by renovating old folk houses and other buildings, into restaurants and cafes. Enjoy a moment of sweet bliss in an authentic setting.
Get off the train at Saikuu Station and head to Meiwa Town, recognized as a site important to Japanese heritage that really lets you feel the Heian period (8th-12th century). From Ise Jingu's nearest station, Ise Shi Station, to the center of Meiwa Town using Saikuu Station, it's about 20 minutes via the Kintetsu line. After walking around Ise Jingu, visit the residence where imperial princesses of the past stayed while they served at Ise Jingu. ""Saio"" were imperial princesses who were sent to Ise to perform various rituals on behalf of the emperor. It's said there were more than sixty Saio in a 660 year period. Each one stayed here, away from their families and fell in forbidden love. There was always so much drama.