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  • Matsusaka Castle Ruins

    Matsusaka Castle Ruins

    Explore the impressive Matsusaka Castle Ruins and see why it was named a Japanese National Historic Site.

    The Matsusaka Castle Ruins are an incredible example of Japanese engineering and craftsmanship. The original castle was destroyed long ago, but the castle walls have stood the test of time. Walk ba...

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  • Utsukushiya

    Utsukushiya

    Utsukushiya is a modern refurbished B&B guesthouse in a traditional building where visitors can rent Matsusaka indigo-dyed cotton kimonos.

    Utsukushiya welcomes visitors to Matsusaka with warm hospitality and a passion for sharing the history and culture of the city. They serve famous Matsusaka Beef, offer comfortable accommodation and...

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  • Minomushian

    Minomushian

    One of the retreats in Iga City where Basho would write poetry.

    Minomushian is the only remaining retreat out of five that Basho used to frequent in Iga City. It is a simple house with a couple of tatami mat rooms. There is a serene garden space around the hous...

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  • Haiseiden

    Haiseiden

    A unique and reverent tribute to Basho that was built around 80 years ago.

    Haiseiden Hall was built close to Ueno Castle to honor the 300th anniversary of Basho’s birth and it is a beautiful tribute to one of Iga City’s most famous people. The distinctive circular design ...

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  • The statue of Matsuo Basho

    The statue of Matsuo Basho

    A statue of Basho proudly shows that Iga City is the birthplace of the haiku master.

    Matsuo Basho is a celebrated poet and artist from Iga City. Throughout Japan he is well-known and respected for his writing skills and development of the haiku style. He also represents the spirit ...

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  • Hotel Seiryuso

    Hotel Seiryuso

    The Hotel Seiryuso is an oasis of culture and comfort in the mountains of Mie.

    Nestled deep in the mountains near Kumano in Mie Prefecture, the Hotel Seiryuso welcomes guests with warm hospitality and amazing service. A modern Japanese design aesthetic is present in every par...

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  • Ozawa Confectionery

    Ozawa Confectionery

    Eat a sweet snack at a family-owned business that makes famous ninja cookies with a traditional recipe.

    The Ozawa Confectionery has been making katayaki for many generations. These cookies are famous for being the hardest in Japan. They are so hard that each package is sold with a tiny wooden mallet ...

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  • Sightseeing Limited Express "Shimakaze"

    Sightseeing Limited Express "Shimakaze"

    Travel to Ise-Shima on a luxurious train.

    A luxurious express train that connects Osaka-Namba, Kyoto, Kintetsu-Nagoya Stations and Kashikojima Station, which was the region where Ise-Shima G7 Summit was held in 2016. Don't you wish to trav...

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  • Tategasaki

    Tategasaki

    See the breathtaking basalt pillars of Tategasaki from a pleasure boat cruise of Nigishima Bay. You will also visit the Blue Grotto of Kumano and experience the spectacular rias coast from the best vantage point possible.

    The rias coastline around Nigishima Bay in Kumano City has some of the most incredible rock formations you will see anywhere. Formed from cooling lava around 14 million years ago, the unique basalt...

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  • Sekijuku

    Sekijuku

    Go back in time to a beautifully preserved Edo Period post town on the Tokaido Road between Tokyo and Kyoto.

    Sekijuku has been preserved as it was during the Edo Period when it was a busy post town on the Tokaido Road route between Tokyo and Kyoto. Many of the buildings have been kept in their original st...

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  • Bankyo Figure Museum

    Bankyo Figure Museum

    In Taki Town, the president of a pharmaceutical company has put his massive collection of pop culture figures on display to share it with the world.

    When people think about Japan, the country’s love of manga and anime often comes to mind. However, when foreigners visit, they are not always sure of how to best experience this unique element of J...

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  • Kumi no Sato

    Kumi no Sato

    Learn about the traditional craft of making colorful kumihimo braided accessories at Kumi no Sato in Iga.

    Iga is a lovely city that is bursting with history and tradition. Most famous for being the birth place of ninja, there are many unique experiences that visitors can sign up for. For people who are...

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  • Kumano Kodo Omotenashi House

    Kumano Kodo Omotenashi House

    Visit a beautifully restored 130-year old house and learn how to make traditional Kumano-style Sanma zushi and Mehari zushi with friendly locals. After the lesson, you can relax and enjoy eating your delicious sushi creations.

    The seaside city of Kumano on the edge of Nigishima Bay is home to spectacular coastal views and a wide variety of fresh seafood dishes for visitors to enjoy. For anyone who would like to have a ha...

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  •   Hajikami-toge (Kumanokodo Iseji)

    Hajikami-toge (Kumanokodo Iseji)

    The 147 meters high Hajikami-toge Pass is part of the historic Kumano kodo pilgrimage trails. The trail offers two scenic routes to the pass and visitors can appreciate a wonderful view of the Kumano Sea from when they reach the top.

    The historic Kumano kodo pilgrimage trails offer a diverse range of trekking experiences for all levels of hikers. The Hajikami-toge Pass near Kihoku Town is about 3.5 km long and takes most people...

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  • Shorenjiko (Lake Shorenjiko)

    Shorenjiko (Lake Shorenjiko)

    Enjoy cherry blossoms and red coloring of leaves, as well as grape picking and strawberry picking.

    The Shorenji Dam, built on the Shorenji River, is located at the entrance of beaufiful "Kaochidani" Valley. On the surface of the dam, you will see reflections of the beautiful scenes of...

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  • Shima Nature School

    Shima Nature School

    This is a place to interact with nature where adults and children can enjoy activities for those who love nature.

    Shima Nature School is based in Tomoyama Park. It faces Ago Bay, which has a distinctive coastline of the Rias coast that Mie is famous for. It offers a variety of outdoor activities to experience ...

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  • Regional Consulting Company and Bank of Resources,  Ltd. NIU Cazacle Business

    Regional Consulting Company and Bank of Resources, Ltd. NIU Cazacle Business

    A historic and residential village able to attract people that are ready to enjoy cycling and being and surrounded by nature.

    This place is out of the way of the busy city and perfect for being able to take things slow to enjoy each other’s company. The couple that lives there and welcomes travelers allows us to quickly t...

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  • Ise Miyagawa no Sato Hinakaya

    Ise Miyagawa no Sato Hinakaya

    This was the perfect place for people to really understand the wonders of Japanese food and the atmosphere that food is designed to be enjoyed in, connected to nature.

    This Japanese restaurant is located by the most beautiful water in one of the cleanest rivers in a natural rural setting, and it was awarded a Michelin star.The dishes offered here are made from ve...

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  • Geku-sando (lane leading to Geku)

    Geku-sando (lane leading to Geku)

    A section of the town with a mature atmosphere where you can browse fashionable shops.

    The passage of a 5 minute walk connecting Iseshi Station and Geku is quiet and has a reserved atmosphere unike the lively Monzenmachi of Naiku. There are many shops that have newly opened, and ther...

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  • Experience "Kumanogawa" River on a "Sandanbo" sail boat

    Experience "Kumanogawa" River on a "Sandanbo" sail boat

    The route for pilgrimage to "Kumanokodo". The only world heritage that is a river.

    In the old days, the abdicated Emperor and noblemen used river boats to travel between "Kumano-Hongu Taisha" Shrine and "Kumano-Hayatama Taisha" Shrine. Because of that very ra...

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  • Gourmet Mie Day 4 – Kuwana clams and world-class roller coasters(Article created by Cheeserland)

    Today we are onto the last day of my #visitmie trip. I spend 4 good full days in one single prefecture and yet there are still lots of places I have not covered. #Ineedmorelifetimes.
    Today we will be venturing into t...

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

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  • A Beginner’s Guide to Mie’s Many Soul Foods

    Every region in Japan has at least one well-known foodstuff or local “gourmet” dish, and Mie is no exception. Many of these aren’t the traditional Japanese meals you might expect to find, but are more like regional “s...

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  • 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 an...

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  • A treasure not to be missed in Mie! Ise-ebi (lobster), the taste of fall and winter

    It has several names in English, including the “Japanese Spiny Lobster” and in zoology “Panilirus japonicus.” Lacking pincers, some say it is a prawn, yet growing up to 30 cm long, it is often referred to as lobster. ...

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