Nature Abounds (And Ninjas Just Bound) in Japan’s Spiritual Heartland
A cultural wonderland nestled in central Japan, Mie Prefecture with its medley of enchanting historical landmarks and stunning natural vistas is, bar none, the only place for those hard-struck by wanderlust.
With its lofty peaks and stunning coastline, Mie serves up an incomparable offering of walks and hikes for outdoorsy types, like the ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes, and treks through giant salamander territory to the cascading splendor of the Akame 48 Waterfalls. Culture vultures can devour the Ise Jingu complex, where Japan’s sun goddess and most important deity in the Shinto religion is housed, and, also waiting to be devoured are delectable lobster and Mie’s prized melt-in-the-mouth Matsusaka Beef.
Ravishing flora and fauna are transformed with each season in the grounds of the Nagashima Resort, while at night millions of LEDs paint iridescent scenic views. Oh, and Mie is the birthplace of ninjas, fully tooled-up ninjas.
Places to visit in Mie
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Ise Jingu Shrine (Naiku)
Ise Jingu, consisting of Naiku (inner shrine) and Geku (outer shrine), is one of Shinto's holiest and most important sites in Japan.
Nabana no Sato
Located on the island of Nagashima, the Nabana no Sato theme park features beautiful flower gardens. Winter illuminations, especially the "Tunnel of Light", are also very popular. Admission prices vary.
Akafuku mochi is a traditional Japanese sweet or wagashi that is synonymous with the Ise-Shima area in Mie Prefecture. The delicacy is made from mochi or ground rice combined with fine-textured red bean paste, and its shape features undulating curves which are
Akafuku (Main Store)
Made from Japanese rice and azuki beans cultivated in Hokkaido, the sweets sold here are a regional specialty. Akafuku mochi consists of pounded rice cakes topped with red bean paste and is only sold in Ise City, Mie Prefecture.
Akame 48 Falls
The Akame 48 Falls are a famous, scenic area flowing through Akame-cho in Mie prefecture.
Iga Ueno Castle
Iga Ueno Castle, also known as Ueno Castle and Hakuho Castle, is a hirayamajiro-style castle (hilltop castle) and was built in 1585.
Okage Yokocho is a small traditional village with replicas of old townhouses now used as shops offering local Ise specialities.
Hotel Route-Inn Hisai Inter
Hotel Route-Inn Hisai Inter offers a hot public bath and a relaxation area with a massage chair and foot massage machines. Free coffee and a free-use internet corner are available at the lobby, while guests can rent laptops at the
Toba Grand Hotel
Boasting open-air hot spring baths and ocean views from all rooms, Toba Grand hotel is located a 5-minue drive from JR/Kintetsu Toba Train Station. Free pick-up shuttles are offered between the station and the hotel.
Toba International Hotel
Boasting 2 restaurants, a café and a bar, all with magnificent ocean views, Toba International Hotel is conveniently located just a 4-minute shuttle ride away from Toba Train Station.
Hotel Route-Inn Matsusaka Ekihigashi
A 5-minute walk from Matsusaka Train Station, Hotel Route-Inn Matsusaka Ekihigashi offers modern accommodations with free wired internet and a flat-screen TV with video-on-demand.
Tobi Hostel and Apartments
Located on the shore of Mie Prefecture, Tobi Hostel and Apartments features a garden. Free WiFi is available throughout this property. There is free private parking on site. Pets can be accommodated upon request but additional fee
Iga Ueno City Hotel
A 3-minute walk from Uenoshi Tram Station, Ueno City Hotel features a restaurant, free Wi-Fi and a free-use internet PC. It features a 24-hour front desk and coin-operated laundry facilities. Free parking is available.
Yukai Resort Shima Saichoraku
Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Yukai Resort Shima Saichoraku offers accommodation in Shima, 6 km from Shima Spain Village. Free private parking is available on site. Certain units include a seating area where you can relax
Top 10 Spots in Shima City, Mie Prefecture
Top 10 Spots in Shima City, Mie Prefecture Introduction: One of Japan’s most popular resort areas, Shima City can offer the perfect paradise vacation for any tourist. Located in Mie Prefecture, neighboring Ise and Toba city, Shima hosts some of the most beau