Culture / Tour Spots in Mie Area

  • Toba Aquarium
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    4.5
    807 Reviews
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    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.

    Toba aquarium is a nice attraction with the animals generally seeming well looked after. Visiting on a rainy day it was quite busy inside, but the spaces inside were large enough that it did not feel...

  • Ninja Museum of Igaryu
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    4.0
    346 Reviews
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    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...

  • Ise Sea Paradise
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    4.5
    213 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Futamichoue 580
    This aquarium was designed around the concepts of creating a sense of zero distance between visitors and animals, and making contact through handshakes. The aquarium holds a diverse array of events which allow visitors to play with seals lions, spotted seals, and other marine animals. During walrus walk time, visitors can also take a commemorative photo up close with a walrus. The aquarium is divided into different themed areas, including a fish hall, marine mammal square, and sea lion hall. In July 2020, a new dedicated seahorse exhibit and cafe-themed UOASIS exhibited were added.

    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.

  • Mie Prefectural Museum (MieMu)
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Tsushi Isshindenkoudubeta 3060
    This museum opened in 2014. To reach it, take a bus for five minutes from the west entrance of Kintetsu, JR, and Ise Railway's Tsu Station and get off at the Sogo Bunka Center Mae stop. It's right there. The museum is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the prefecture. Its main exhibition room depicts Mie's characteristic natural environment around the perimeter of the room, and in the middle presents a comprehensive overview of its people, physical items, and history of cultural exchange. You can also see a fully reconstructed ancient elephant known as the Mie Elephant, consisting of the oldest fossils to be discovered in Mie prefecture. In the back yard there's a reproduction of the Torii Kofun burial mound's stone hut.

    Interesting exhibits from Mie Prefecture. Nice informative exhibits on the geography, culture and history of Mie prefecture. Most of the information is presented in Japanese. They do have a free...

  • Jingu Museum & Agriculture Museum
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    4.0
    60 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Koudakujimotochou 1754-1
    These two historical museums in Kodakushimoto Town, Ise City, Mie Prefecture are located between the Naiku and Geku of Ise-jingu Shrine. The Jingu Museum mainly displays items regarding Ise Jingu’s history, culture and rites, and the number of items in their collection reaches approximately 130,000 items including 11 items that are National Important Cultural Properties. The model of the shaden (main building) construction and the sacred treasures are a must-see. The Jingu Agriculture Museum is Japan’s oldest industrial museum and is based on the theme of how the products of nature are useful. It collects and displays items exhibited at Meiji period domestic industrial fairs or expositions, food and alcohol offered to the gods, and plant models.

    Visited Ise Jingu for the first time. Visited this museum for the first time also. Learned several things about the King of Shrine. The history, custom, how they look, and so on. You cannot see...

  • Louvre Sculpture Museum
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Tsushi Hakusanchousada Higashitani 1957
    This sculpture museum is located a five-minute walk from Kintetsu Sakakibara-Onsenguchi Station. It was opened by Takegawa Yujiro in December 1987. The 1,300 sculptures on display are from ancient to modern times, and all of them were brought to Japan from the Louvre Museum in Paris. You can enjoy sculptures from the Louvre while still in Japan. The exhibited works are molded directly from the actual sculptures, so everything from their size to every scar is exactly the same. You can fully appreciate the many famous pieces that line the museum and appear in textbooks.

    The louver museum is an artistic place full of history, it’s the biggest and the most important museum in France, it’s for free on Friday after 6 Pm

  • Paramita Museum
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Miegunkomonochou Obanenmatsugaechou 21-6
    An art museum located not far from Obane-en Station on the Kintetsu Railway Yunoyama Line. The museum displays pieces by artists like Koichi Uchida and Teruko Tsuji, as well as the Heart Sutra sculpture series by Masuo Ikeda, an artist also known as a printmaker and writer of the Akutagawa Prize-winning novel Offering in the Aegean. The museum has a small gallery which can be borrowed by regular people for holding exhibitions and the museum also holds concerts making use of a portion of its exhibition space. In the adjoining Paramita Garden, visitors can view stone sculptures and wild plants which grow at the foot of the Suzuka Mountains.

    Fantastic little museum offers a peek into high-caliber contemporary Japanese art. Wont take very long to see everything, but theres plenty of food for thought.

  • Former Ozu Seizaemon Residence
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    4.0
    43 Reviews
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    Mie Matsusaka-shi Honmachi 2195
    Counted among the many wealthy merchants in Matsusaka with stores in Edo, along with Mitsui, Hasegawa and Nagai the high-ranking Ozu family served the Kishu clan as financiers in 1755. Inside the Matsusaka Merchant Museum which opened up as a museum in the former residence of Seizaemon Ozu, there is a man-ryo-bako (literally, a box to store 10,000 ryo) rather than the sen-ryo-bako (literally, a box to store 1,000 ryo) and gives one a sense of the influence of the wealthy Ise merchants who had a shop in Edo.

    This grand merchant house was the home of Ozu family, one of richest merchants in Edo period. You could feel it too small and humble for a richest man though, that is a beautiful traditional style...

  • Kuwana City Museum
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Kuwanashi Kyoumachi 37-1
    "This museum, dedicated to the history of Kuwana City, displays a collection related to the history of the Kuwana Domain, and to the local pottery Banko ware. It also has special exhibitions of paintings and woodblocks, as well as works from the Kuwana-connected swordsmith Muramasa. Their Sword Handling experience is growing ever more popular, and is offered as a ""Hometown Tax"" incentive gift."

    松平定信公やクワナ・クランに関する展示があるミュージアムです。企画展も活発に行われており、なかなか見応えがあります。

  • Soranpo Yokkaichi Municipal Museum and Planetarium
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
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    Mie Yokkaichi-shi Yasujima 1-3-16
    In addition to a permanent exhibition spanning three floors which recreates the history of Yokkaichi City with life-sized dioramas, a variety of special exhibitions are held on the fourth floor. There's also the most advanced planetarium on Earth on the fifth floor, which is capable of projecting around 140 million stars, the most in the world. Further, the Yokkaichi Pollution and Environmental Museum for Future Awareness is located on the second floor.

    是非訪れて欲しい博物館。プラネタリウムは予約をしていかなければ、週末は難しいようです。 今回は四日市の歴史に関する展示を観ました。先人の公害に対する取組、戦い、対策について深く学ぶ事が出来ました。無料ですが、充実した施設です。

  • Ouchiyama Zoo
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Wataraiguntaikichou Ouchiyama 530-4
    A zoo where everything from lions to carps live in an area surrounded by natural woodland. Opened in 1973, this extremely rare zoo is operated privately. The zoo cares for injured animals and animals which had no place elsewhere to go after the original zoo they were kept at closed. Visitors can also take commemorative pictures with and feed a variety of animals, such as hamadryas baboons.

    小さいが子供にはちょうど良い。小さいので子供つれでも疲れない。体感としては東山動物園よりよかった。小さい子供には特に良い。おじいちゃん、おばあちゃんと来ている小さな子供 大内山牛乳に寄ってアイスを買って食べた。うまい。 帰りに荷坂峠を下り紀伊長島へ 荷坂峠入り口のトンネルを抜けると左手に紀伊長島の美しい風景が見える。 42号線沿いのまる清であじフライ定食ととんかつ定食を食べた。丁寧に作ってい...

  • Danjiri Museum
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    3.5
    39 Reviews
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    Mie Iga-shi Ueno Marunouchi 122-4
    "In this museum, you can learn about the distinctive features and history of the area's traditional danjiri festival floats. The museum displays three danjiri floats used in the Ueno Tenjin Festival, an autumn festival held in Iga City's Ueno district which has been added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Three 300-inch screens in the museum display videos of the festival, enabling visitors to experience a realistic atmosphere and the noise of the festival through high definition imagery. The museum also has an area recreating the festival's ""Procession of Demons,"" a highly unusual event unlike almost anything else in Japan, and no matter what time of year it is, you can enjoy the spirit of the festival. There's also an area where you can try on ninja garb, and a shop selling local souvenirs and specialty products from the former castle town area of Ueno, Iga City."

    This is a museum and also a place where u can rental the ninja outfit. It is quite fun to dress up like a ninja and walk around the city and of course the ninja museum. The staff are very helpful...

  • Saiku Historical Museum
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    4.5
    26 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Takigunmeiwachou Takegawa 503
    This historical museum run by Mie Prefecture is located about a 15-minute walk from Kintetsu Railway's Saiku Station. The place where the museum is built is the site of the palace for the ancient imperial princesses serving at the Ise shrine from ancient times until the period of the northern and southern dynasties (1336-1392). The exhibits are centered on Shinto rituals, history and culture related to the princesses serving at Ise Jingu Shrine. The research results of the townscape at the time based on over 30-year excavation survey of the site are also on display. Special exhibitions and lectures are also held, and among them is a unique one where you can tour an actual site currently being excavated.

    Also very peaceful area to take a walk. People work in the museum are all very friend and eager to share what they got gor visitors. There are several places to go in this area, please dont miss...

  • Waju no Sato
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Kuwanashi Nagashimachounishigawa 1093
    "This learning complex allows visitors to learn about the history, culture, and industry of Nagashima town and the waju flood barrier. It contains the ""amu-seum"" area with History and Folklore Museum, and the “active area “ with Industrial Activity Hall, and each has a variety of displays. Outside the building is the Waju Observation Park which has a year-round activity farm which is quite popular for its harvesting experience."

    このあたりの生活様式を展示した、民俗資料館のような施設です。海と川に近いこのエリアの、独特の暮らしぶりがよくわかりました。

  • Makonde Art Museum
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Futamichoumatsushita 1799
    This art museum in Futami Town, Ise City, Mie Prefecture collects and displays art mainly from the Makonde Tribe that lives on the border zone between Tanzania and Mozambique in East Africa. Inside various works that the curator has collected over many years are substituted and shown to the public. A large number of works by the Makonde tribe are items made of ebony, and the carvings full of vitality are attractive. In addition, there are Tinga Tinga paintings, musical instruments and lifestyle implements on display.

    いろいろな施設の入場券と切符がセットになっている近鉄のチケットで鳥羽に行ったときに立ち寄ってみました。鳥羽駅からのバスの本数が少ないので、公共交通機関利用者にとっては、ついでにちょっと立ち寄るというのはなかなか難しいと思います。私が行ったときには混雑しておらずゆっくりと見ることができました。施設そのものはおすすめできます。

  • Begonia Garden
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    5.0
    9 Reviews
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    Mie Kuwana-shi Nagashimacho Komae Urushibata 270
    This botanical garden is located in the Nabana no Sato amusement park in Komae, Nagashima-cho, Kuwana City. Some 5,000 potted tuberous begonias grow in a vast, 9,000 square-meter greenhouse, making this one of the largest begonia gardens in the country. Delighting with the beautiful sight of colorful flowers gathered from around the world, the garden also offers a photo service conducted by a professional photographer, and garden staff-guided tours. There's also a cafe in the greenhouse where you can enjoy teatime surrounded by flowers.

    This attraction required additional 1000 yen inside Nabana no Sato. You can use your consumable vouchers during the winter illumination months. The place is filled with flowers and other plants...

  • Shikinensengukinenjingu Art Museum
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Koudakujimotochou 1754-1

    遷宮を協賛して2005年に建てられ、現代美術作品や工芸作品を陳列している。昔の屏風絵や器などの作品は、徴古館にあります。建物の周囲の庭園には冬桜が咲いていたり、白い玉石の池があったりと四季を通じて楽しめる工夫がありました。

  • Matsusaka City Cultural Asset Center
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Matsusakashi Sotogomagarichou 1
    This facility is also called the Haniwa-kan. You can reach it by taking the bus from JR and Kintetsu Matsusaka Station that runs counterclockwise around the city. Get off at the Shimin Bunka-kaikan (Matsusakashi) bus stop, and it's right there. There's a permanent display of scholastically important haniwa earthen objects like the boat-shaped Funagata Haniwa excavated from the Takarazuka Burial Mound, a National Historic Site. Its citizen's gallery is in a restored cotton yarn warehouse built in 1923 that was part of the former Kanebo Matsusaka Spinning Factory. The warehouse is a Nationally Registered Tangible Cultural Property, and the interior and the eaves at the front are original.

    大型の船形埴輪の展示がある施設です。入館料は110円と格安です。船形埴輪は非常に迫力がありました。また、はにわ館と同じ敷地には1923年に建てられた煉瓦造りの旧カネボウ綿糸松阪工場綿糸倉庫もあり、併せて楽しめるかと思います。

  • Nakayama Medicine Plant Park (Genjo no Yakata)
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    4 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Takiguntakichou Hatase 412-2
    Nakayama Herb Park is a botanical garden is adjacent to Genjo no Yakata in Taki County, Mie Prefecture. The garden is maintained in honor of the accomplishments of Noro Genjo, a medical pioneer of mid Edo period, who learned Western medicine from Dutch books, and was born here. Visitors can see 250 kinds of medicinal plants and trees year-round. Among the plants on view are dandelions (for gastrointestinal disorders, bitter stomachic, asthma), chameleon plants (for swelling, hemorrhoids, and hardening of the arteries), and heal-all (for diuresis, bladder infections), and others, including chamomile and fennel.

    足湯目的で行きました。途中の道は狭く、駐車場に辿り着くまで少し迷いました。足湯は先客お一人のみで、ゆったりできました。ハーブの香りが心地良かったです。

  • Contemporary Art Museum ISE
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    4 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Wataraigunminamisechou Gokashoura Baba 102 - 8
    An art museum which displays and holds events focusing on modern art located in Ise-Shima National Park overlooking Gokasho Bay. In the soothing café on the first floor, you can enjoy views of quiet Gokasho Bay and the surrounding greenery. The museum’s sculpture area includes in- and outdoor displays.

    上品でとっても良い雰囲気の美術館です。 天気の良い日は是非お茶も。 オーシャンフロントの美術館です。 道中一部狭い道かあり、現在拡幅中です。

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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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