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Mie Prefecture

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Mie Prefecture

Mie Prefecture is located in the center of Honshu and is home to the famous Ise Shrine, which is said to enshrine to the Sun Goddess.

Mie is situated in the center of Honshu, in the eastern part of the Kii-Hanto Peninsula that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. It is narrow, and spreads down from north to south. Its complex geographical features create a variety of climates. The southern coastline is an irregular and rugged saw-toothed coast. The eastern coastline is designated as Ise-Shima National Park, and is famous for cultured pearls, oysters and Ise lobsters, all made possible by the complex geographical features. The area designated as a natural park is more than one-third of the area of the entire prefecture, and is the second largest park area in Japan. There are many other scenic spots, including the Uga Valley in Suzuka Quasi-National Park, Doro Valley, and Akame Shiju-hattaki (forty-eight) Falls.

Ise-jingu Shrine, which has been lovingly bestowed the nickname "Oise-san," is also called simply "Jingu" (the Shrine). The sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami is enshrined there. Almost ten millions of worshippers visit the shrine each year. The Ninja Museum exhibits articles related to the Iga Ninja spies, who transformed mountain asceticism into the martial art 'Ninjutsu,' and handed it down to subsequent generations. Traditional divers "ama" that have a history of two thousand years are still active in Toba and Shima area. The population of ama in Japan is about two thousands and the half of them is in Toba and Shima area. The Shima Spain-mura Village (Parque Espana), a Spanish theme park, and the Suzuka Circuit, famous for F1 Grand Prix races are a part of many other attractions you should visit. Mie is a home to both the traditional and modern, and welcomes a ceaseless flow of visitors.

photo of Nagashima Onsen

Kansai | Mie Prefecture

Nagashima Onsen

The town of Nagashima is located in the northeastern part of Mie in a delta area created by the Kiso-gawa, Nagara-gawa, and Ibi-gawa rivers.

photo of Yunoyama Onsen

Kansai | Mie Prefecture

Yunoyama Onsen

Yunoyama-onsen is a hot spring resort dotted with inns located at an altitude of 318 meters on the slope of a mountain along the Mitaki-gawa River in northern Mie.

photo of Iga Ueno

Kansai | Mie Prefecture

Iga Ueno

Iga Ueno is famous for the Iga ninja and birthplace of Matsuo Basho, a renowned Japanese poet from the Edo Period.

photo of Ise

Kansai | Mie Prefecture

Ise

Ise, located in the northwestern part of the Shima-hanto Peninsula in Mie, prospered as the shrine town of Ise-jingu.

photo of Toba

Kansai | Mie Prefecture

Toba

Toba, located at the northeastern end of the Shima-hanto Peninsula in Mie, flourished as the castle town of the Kuki family who ruled this region from the 16th century.

photo of Kumano

Kansai | Mie Prefecture

Kumano

Kumano is located in the Kii Peninsula and spans into the Wakayama and Mie Prefectures. The Hongu, Nachi and Hayatama Taisha are the three famed shrines of the area.