Spots in Mie Area

  • Ise Jingu
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    4.5
    2744 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujitachichou 1
    This shrine in Ise City is the Honshuji of the Jinja Honcho (Association of Shinto Shrines). Its official name is simply Jingu, and it has been familiarly called O-Ise-san since long ago. The name “Jingu” is actually used as a general term to refer to 125 jinja (shinto shrines) including the two shogu of Naiku, dedicated to Amaterasu-Omikami, and Geku, dedicated to Toyo’uke-no-Omikami as well as other betsugu (associated shrines) and setsumatsu-sha (auxiliary or subsidiary shrines). When making a pilgrimage to Ise, the official order of the pilgrimage is to enter the Naiku from the Geku. Once every 20 years the shaden (the main building of a Shinto shrine) of the Naiku, Geku and 14 other betsugu are reconstructed and the enshrined objects are transferred from the old to the new structures.

    We visited this shrine while on a cruise ship excursion from Toba. It is not very far from the port, and definitely worth visiting. Our five-hour excursion from Toba included the Grand Shrine and...

  • Akafuku Main Shop
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    4.5
    948 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujinakanokirichou 26
    With a long history since its founding in 1707, it has an Ise-like gabled roof and a large signboard with gold lettering as its marker, and is open from 5:00 a.m. in accordance with the start of shrine visits. You can enjoy a set with akafuku mochi (pounded rice cake coated with red bean paste) and Japanese green tea, and akafuku zenzai (sweet bean soup with toasted mochi rice cake) at the main branch’s cafe. They also add “akafuku-gori” shaved ice to the menu during the summer. It is located approximately six minutes by car from the Ise Expressway Ise Interchange.

    Oh I miss the red bean soup in Japan. Comforting hot red bean soup with cooling autumn weather is a prefect match. They provide some sour plum to counter the sweetness of the red bean soup. But truly...

  • Nagashima Spa Land
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    4.5
    628 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Kuwanashi Nagashimachourayasu 333
    This amusement park is located in Nagashima Resort. The thrilling “Steel Dragon 2000” has the world’s longest track length at 2,479 meters. The park is full of attractions where you can enjoy speed and thrills, including Japan’s first 4D spin coaster “Arashi.” In addition, there is a large Ferris wheel, and Kids Town also has many attractions for children. There is a jumbo seawater pool in the summer where you can enjoy the world’s largest water slide. They also hold a large number of events.

    Park is huge and needs time to walk from one place to another. We went in winter Dec, it was so empty and no queues to the rides at about 2pm. Paid the entrance fee and rides separately

  • Toba Aquarium
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    4.5
    797 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Tobashi Toba 3-3-6
    Located in Toba City, this is Japan’s largest aquarium. Appropriate of its catch phrase “Japan’s largest number of species bred” the aquarium is home to approximately 1,200 species of animals. The aquarium has 12 zones that come close to natural environments, and one characteristic is that there is no prescribed viewing route. The aquarium has Japan’s only dugong, a sea creature which served as a model for the mermaid legends, and along with the manatees is a popular animal to see. Moreover, the museum not only features aquatic animals but also displays animals that live close to water such as capybara. The humorous show featuring sea lions and walruses is a must-see.

    We stayed at an Onsen ryokan nearby, decide to explore the area in random. Drove along the main Pearl road and saw this aquarium adjacent to the large multi storey car park. Tickets reasonably...

  • Meoto Iwa (Husband and Wife Rocks)
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    4.0
    651 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Iseshi Futamichoue 575 Meoto Iwa in
    The Husband and Wife Rocks is a fantastic sightseeing spot on Futamigaura Beach and this unique geographic feature has long been seen as a place to worship the sunrise. The rocks are seen as torii gates for the rising sun and are located on the sacred Okitama jinseki group of holy stones 700 meters away from the coast connected to the god Sarutahiko. The male stone is nine meters high; the female four meters. The sun can be seen rising between the rocks from May through July, while in autumn and winter, full moon appears between them.

    The rocks is smaller than I expected. But I think its nice to have a visit. After I have lunch near Toba station, I took a bus to the rocks, get down the bus near the shopping mall, the bus took...

  • Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima
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    4.0
    487 Reviews
    Shopping
    Mie Pref. Kuwanashi Nagashimachourayasu 368
    Located in Nagashima Resort, Jazz Dream is one of the largest outlet parks in the country. The facility is host to over 200 establishments covering a wide variety of genres, including luxury brands, popular domestic and international select shops, and more. Jazz Dream was also designed for families with small children. There are nursing rooms, rental strollers, and a kids’ play room. You can also bring your pet along while shopping. Jazz Dream has restaurants and a food court, too, making it easy to enjoy an entire day here.

    it has a huge roller coaster ride which looks spectacular. did not try as our purpose was to visit the outlets and it was drizzling anyway. a good mix of premium and mid range brands, though some...

  • Ninja Museum of Igaryu
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    4.0
    319 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenomarunouchi 117
    This ninja museum in Iga Ueno Castle's Ueno Park boasts the best ninja collection in the world. Composed of the Ninja House, Ninja Experience Hall, and Ninja Tradition Hall, they showcase real ninjas with a concept of bringing ninjutsu into the present. The Ninja House itself was built by a local Iga clan, and under the guidance of a kunoichi (female ninja), you can check out its contrivances like trap doors, escape routes, and revolving walls. The Azura ninja group's breathtaking shows and the shuriken throwing program are also popular. So is the shop selling ninja related items.

    Nice explanation of ninja culture. The tour of the typical ninja dwelling was very well done. The museum on the lower level was very informative along with the ninja residence building. I did not...

  • Sarutahiko Shrine
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    4.0
    408 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujiurata 2-1-10
    Sarutahiko Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Sarutahiko Okami. It is recorded in the ancient Kojiki and Nihon shoki that the great god Sarutahiko Okami guides everything towards the best state. According to legend, after guiding Amaterasu’s grandson to Takachiho, he married Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto. He then chose to reside in Ise and from there guided the development of the nation. A shrine known as the Sarume Shrine, dedicated to Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto, is located on the shrine grounds. When the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami hid herself in a cave, she was persuaded to come out again after a kagura performance of song and dance by Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto. Accordingly, she is worshiped as the goddess of the performing arts.

    The deity enshrined at Sarutahiko Shrine is Sarutahiko Oogami who appears in every event and lead us to the best direction. The deity is described Japanese old historical documents such as Kojiki...

  • Yokoyama Observatory
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    4.5
    363 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Shimashi Agochougata 875-20
    This 203-meter high observatory is located in the southern part of the Shima Peninsula. It is situated on the ria coastline of Ago Bay. There are about 60 small islands in the bay, and the observatory gives you a commanding view of their beauty. It offers three decks that give you a view in all directions of the Shima area. Halfway up Yokoyama to the observatory is the Sozo-no-Mori Yokoyama rest house. There is a promenade leading to the observatory that takes 30 minutes. The area is also famous as a cherry blossom viewing spot, with the “Yokoyama Sakura Festival” held in the early spring.

    Theres many spots after the main view point, high recommended to go further. There is cute cafe selling soft serve and sandwiches on the main observation deck. They had amazing soft serve!

  • Futami Okitama-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    367 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Iseshi Futamichoue 575
    A Shinto shrine famous for the Meoto Iwa (“Married Couple Rocks”) situated 700 meters off the coast. The shrine is dedicated to the god Sarutahiko Okami. The offshore Meoto Iwa are sacred rocks affiliated with Sarutahiko Okami. The rocks serve as a torii gate for those worshiping the sun. Because of their resemblance to a married couple cuddling close, the Meoto Iwa are said to be a symbol of matrimonial harmony and luck in love. Each year, on the summer solstice, you can come to worship the morning sun as it rises between the rocks. Numerous Futami frog statues, messengers of the gods donated by people whose prayers at the shrine were granted, can be found on the shrine grounds.

    Popular marriage shrine for couples, they have charms for marriage and smooth delivery as well.. the shrine is filled with frogs acting as protector for the shrine.

  • Ueno Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenomarunouchi 122-1
    This castle ruin park stretches in front of the Iga Line's Uenoshi Station. A characteristic of the symbolic Iga Ueno Castle is the high stone wall built by Todo Takatora, a military commander in the Warring States period. It is also called Hakuho Castle (white firebird castle) because of the beauty of the white, three-tiered castle. There are an array of facilities in the park overflowing with history such as the Iga-ryu Ninja Yashiki (Iga style ninja mansion) with surprise twists and secret doors, the Haiseiden (Matsuo Basho Memorial) that is modeled after Basho's traditional Japanese travel outfit, and the Basho Memorial Museum. Especially at the ninja mansion, they demonstrate Iga-style ninja techniques, and everyone from history fans to children can enjoy themselves. In addition, there are many different flowers that bloom throughout the year, and it is especially famous as a place to view cherry blossoms. It is visited by many cherry blossom viewers in April.
  • Iga Ueno Castle
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    4.0
    231 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenomarunouchi 106
    This castle is also called the Hakuho (white phoenix) castle as the white shining walls of this three-story castle look almost like a phoenix resting its wings. Distinguished castle designer Todo Takatora, who took up the position of feudal lord of Tsu Domain, Ise Province originally built a five-story castle keep but it was destroyed during a great storm in 1612. The current castle keep was restored in 1935. The beautiful stone walls with a height of 30 meters as well as the inner moat remain as they were at the time when Takatora designed them, and the castle was designated as a national historic site in 1967, while the castle keep was designated as an Iga City Tangible Cultural Property in 1985.

    A bit of a steep hike up to the castle but worth the effort. The view from the third floor windows is spectacular of the city and surrounding area. Many oif the exhibits have English texts but...

  • Ise Sea Paradise
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    4.5
    212 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Iseshi Futamichoue 580
    An aquarium built around the idea of “zero” distance and shaking hands with animals. The aquarium holds frequent events where visitors can meet and touch sea animals like sea lions and spotted seals. During “walrus walk time,” you can take a commemorative photo with a walrus up close. The aquarium is divided into categories like a fish hall, marine mammal plaza, and sea lion hall. There’s also a rest area and shop where you can buy original merchandise.

    The aquarium is nothing special, but you have the chance to touch walruses, play ball with dolphins, shake hands with the otter and watch some shows. It is a nice place to get close to the animals.

  • Shikinen Sengu Memorial Sengu Museum
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    4.5
    200 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Iseshi Toyokawachou 126-1 Umiya Magata pond

    A rather new building opened in 2012 to introduce the Ise Jingu rebuilding process (each 20 years) as well as ceremonies involved to a broader and general public. To do this all kind of materials...

  • Nabana no Sato
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Kuwanashi Nagashimachoukomae Lacquer field 270
    This theme park of flowers, greenery and food is where you can see various kinds of plants in each area, which are also sold at the adjacent flower market. The park has Japan’s largest greenhouse “Begonia Garden.” It has hundreds of varieties of flowers including large-flowered begonias that can be enjoyed at any time regardless of the season. In addition, there are shops that offer special products and even a bread and cake studio. You can have your fill of local beer faithful to German taste from the ingredients dawn to the preparation in the beer garden. There is also a daytrip hot spring facility as a rest space.

    なばなの里の花ひろば内にある季節の花を楽しみながら喫茶軽食が取れるお店。季節により営業してたりしてなかったりしていますが、基本花ひろばの花がきれいな時だけの季節営業のようです。 券売機で食券を買うスタイルなので、入場券についているなばなクーポンはここでは使えませんでした。

  • Shima Marineland
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    4.0
    200 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Shimashi Agochoushinmei 723-1 (Kashikojima)
    An aquarium where visitors can watch animals being fed by ama female divers. The aquarium’s most popular exhibit is its ocean sunfish, which are over three meters in length and weigh several tons. The facility’s largest exhibit, a large, curving tank, contains some 2,500 fish consisting of 50 species, including sharks and Japanese amberjack. The aquarium also has freshwater and rare fish exhibits, including designated Natural Monuments like nekogigi catfish and ayumodoki kissing loaches. The facility also holds special, reservation-only events where participants can view the backstage areas of the aquarium. The aquarium shop sells original merchandise. The aquarium’s restaurant serves Ise-Shima specialties.

    Hidden aquarium in Shima, worth the visit as you cannot see the special fish they have elsewhere ! (and I did Tokyo, brisbane, sydney, creta in greece, sapporo aquariums). So I have many...

  • Fukusuke
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    4.0
    188 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujinakanokirichou 52 (Okage Yokochi inside)
    A well-known store offering Ise’s famous Ise Udon, fukusuke is marked by is distinctive onigawara roof tiles. This udon shop made a name for itself during the Edo period and is found in the Okage Yokocho area near Inner Ise Shrine in Ise, Mie. Their thick white noodles have a springy mouthfeel that blends well with the sauce they make from deep flavored tamari soy sauce and broth made from natural kelp and dried bonito. Relax on the benches outside the shop with your meal and feel what it must have been like for travelers during the Edo period.

    Very delicious thick udon with raw egg. Simple yet the tasty is a must try if you are visit Ise. Enjoy a cup of tea while waiting for your udon.

  • Pearl Road Toba Observatory
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    4.0
    152 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Tobashi Kuzakichou Otake 3-3
    An observatory located midway along the Pearl Road following the coastline. Located on top of 162 meter tall Mt. Hakoda, visitors can enjoy an impressive panorama encompassing the Chita Peninsula and Cape Daio. On clear days Mt. Fuji is also visible. The observatory also has a café and restaurant selected as offering one of the 30 best views in all Japan. There’s also a shop selling local specialty products and a light meal corner where visitors can enjoy popular Ouchiyama soft serve ice cream.

    When we told the staff at our hotel that we were going to be driving along the Pearl Road, they mentioned stopping here. Im glad they did as otherwise, since its a bit of a turnoff from the main...

  • Nagoya Anpanman Children’s Museum
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    3.5
    142 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Kuwanashi Nagashimachourayasu 108-4
    This is a theme park connected to Nagashima Spa Land where you can experience the world of Anpanman yourself. Inside, you’ll find an adorable building-block themed Ferris wheel, “Gokkotown” pretend town where children can try working at all kinds of shops, and more. The Yanase Takashi Theater features a miniature theater to see Anpanman shows and screenings, and Batako-san no Tezukuri House offers craft supplies and more. The shops and restaurants also feature unique decorations, and the restaurants feature several facilities to delight children and parents alike.

    Ive been here several times as my kids have all gone through some kind of Anpanman phase. I think its ideal for about 2 year olds. The size of the park is small, but for 2 year olds, its more than...

  • Wadakin
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    4.0
    173 Reviews
    Shopping
    Mie Matsusaka-shi Nakamachi 1878
    This meat cuisine restaurant, standing on Prefectural Route 60, is located in Naka-machi, Matsusaka City. The longstanding establishment opened in the Meiji period and serves sukiyaki, steaks, and amiyaki grilled foods using Matsusaka beef raised on company-owned farms. The restaurant's sukiyaki, sauteed on an iron skillet over a charcoal fire, has been a signature dish since it first opened its doors, and those who order it can savor the delicious flavor and aroma of Matsusaka beef laced with smooth, high quality fat.

    Booked on their web site and got a confirmation within 1 hour. It is convenient for foreigners. Their staff speak little English. Yet the quality of steaks does the talking. Sukiyaki is also...

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Spread across the eastern side of the Kii Peninsula, Mie prefecture boasts hundreds of kilometers of pretty coastline comprising the oyster-rich Toba city and Shima National Park all the way down to Kumano, a city that marks the beginning of part of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage, which runs into neighboring Wakayama prefecture. However, Mie is best known for the Ise Jingu Shinto shrine inland, one of the oldest and largest shrines in the country.

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