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  • Ise Jingu Naiku
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujitachichou 1
    This is the other one of Ise Jingu’s shogu, officially called Kotaijingu. It is considered to have begun when the imperial princess Yamato-hime-no-miya determined that Amaterasu Omikami would be enshrined on the banks of the Isuzugawa River. Crossing over the Ujibashi Bridge and proceeding along the long gravel path that approaches the shrine over which Japanese cedar trees tower, one will arrive at the o-seiden (main building), which is enclosed by multiple layers of fencing. The vast grounds include a kagura hall, betsugu (an associated shrine), and free rest areas for worshippers, and the entire area is enveloped in a sacred atmosphere. Visitors can take a bus from Isuzugawa Station or Ujiyamada Station and get off at the Naiku-mae stop.
  • Futami Okitama-jinja Shrine
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    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.

    Several shrines along the walkway that clings to the cliff side. Dedicated to Mikestu the Shinto goddess of marriage harmony. Many statue frogs to pat for a wish. And the fascinating folklore story...

  • Sarutahiko Shrine
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    413 Reviews
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    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...

  • Ninja Museum of Igaryu
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    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...

  • Iga Ueno Castle
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    231 Reviews
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    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...

  • Ueno Park
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    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenomarunouchi 122-1
    "This castle site park sprawls in front of Uenoshi Station on the Iga Line. Iga Ueno Castle, the park's symbol, is notable for its high stone walls built by Warring States period commander Todo Takatora. Due to the beauty of the white, three-tiered fortress, it is also known as Hakuho (""White Chinese Phoenix"") Castle. The park also has a variety of facilities brimming with history, including the Ninja Museum of Igaryu, which is filled with tricks such as secret doors and revolving walls; the Haiseiden, a building whose design was inspired by the traditional travel garments worn by famed haiku poet Matsuo Basho; and the Basho Memorial Museum. The Ninja Museum of Igaryu notably holds demonstrations of Iga-ryu ninja techniques and is a fun destination for everyone from history fans to small children. The park has also been planted with seasonal flowers and is a renowned destination for cherry blossom viewing in particular. In April when the cherries are in bloom, many people come to the park to take in their beauty."
  • Pearl Road Toba Observatory
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    157 Reviews
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    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...

  • Tsubaki Grand Shrine
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    148 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Suzukashi Yamamotochou 1871
    A Shinto shrine; the inner sanctuary enshrines the shrine’s principal god, Sarutahiko Okami. Sarutahiko Okami is worshipped as a god of fortune who brings peace and happiness to all living creatures. He is also believed to provide such benefits as safe travels, luck in love, bountiful children and grandchildren, protection from evil, and better fortunes. A teahouse called the Suzumatsu-an can be found on the shrine grounds. The teahouse, together with a garden, was donated to the temple by Konosuke Matsushita, founder of Panasonic, in prayer for the further development and growth of the tea ceremony. The teahouse is open to the general public and is not dedicated to a specific tea ceremony school.

    Hardly any tourists here. This is definitely a shrine for the locals for weddings, funerals, child services and blessing cars. No one bats an eye as the priest waves his wand over a new car to ensure...

  • Iga no Sato Mokumoku Tezukuri Farm
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    134 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Igashi Nishiyubune 3609
    A farm and tourist-oriented facility which only creates additive-free and low additive products based on the theme of combining healthiness and deliciousness. The farm’s spacious grounds are host to a brewery, café, hot spring bathhouse, and more. At the Ham & Weiner Senmonkan, you can watch ham and sausages being made through a glass window. Visitors can learn about food and farming through a variety of classes on hand making foods. At the educational farm area, children can milk cows and ride ponies. There’s also a restaurant which serves fresh vegetables and pork raised on-site.

    This farm covers a large area. When we visited there were several large school parties, and they were clearly having a lot of fun. Our group ate in a large barn-like restaurant at the top of the...

  • Ise Jingu Geku
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Toyokawachou 279
    This is one of Ise Jingu’s shogu and enshrines the deity Toyo’uke-no-Omikami, who provides companionship and sacred food to Amaterasu-Omikami. The official name is Toyo’ukedaijingu. Toyo’uke-no-Omikami is revered as the guardian deity of industry related to the necessities of life (food, clothing & shelter) as well as various other types of industry. In addition to the Shogu, the premises of which are covered in white gravel, is the Magatamaike Pond where there is a Kiyomori camphor tree related to Taira no Kiyomori and where Japanese iris and bloom, and the Mimaya where sacred horses were kept, as well as four betsugu (associated shrines). It is customary to worship here first before moving on to the Naiku. The closest train station is Iseshi Station.
  • Shikinen Sengu Memorial Sengu Museum
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    202 Reviews
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    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...

  • Tado Shrine
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    100 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Kuwanashi Tadochoutado 1681
    A Shinto shrine located a 10 minute drive from the Kuwanahigashi Interchange whose history dates back over 1,500 years. The shrine's origins are believed to lie in the building of a shrine here by Emperor Yuryaku in the latter half of the fifth century. The deity enshrined in the main shrine is Amatsuhikone no Mikoto, the son of Sume Omikami. The shrine was destroyed in a wartime fire in 1572. After being rebuilt in the Edo period, the shrine experienced such a revival in popularity, it was said that if one were going to visit the famous Ise Jingu shrine, one must also visit this one. The Tado Festival, held in May, attracts many visitors who come to watch an event in which gallant men ride horse up a steep, two meter near vertical precipice; the number and the order in which riders surmount the precipice foretells how good the harvest will be that year.

    Tado Shrine, landscape its itself amazing. Quite area surrounded by trees and one small stream and at the end of the monumental ensemble a nice waterfall. For me one of the most beautiful shrines in...

  • Tokaido Seki-juku
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    120 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Kameyamashi Sekichoukozaki Nakamachi new place
    Seki-juku in Kameyama City, Mie Prefecture was a post town serving as the 47th of the 53 Stations of the Tokaido in the Edo period (1603-1868). On the Old Tokaido Road a five-minute walk from JR Seki-juku Station, it is still preserved, and you can get the sense that you have slipped back in time to the Edo period. In the vicinity, there are many interesting places such as a museum introducing the history of Seki-juku and long-established stores, and it is filled with spots to take photographs. In addition, there are still over 200 machiya (traditional wooden townhouses) built from the end of the Edo period (1603-1868) to the Meiji period (1868-1912), and the area itself has been chosen as a Nationally-designated Important Traditional Architecture Preservation District and one of Japan's top 100 roads.

    It was very surprising to find the beautiful village in traditional Japanese style. In winter with the Low sun it was very beautiful and pieceful. On the background of the street the view on the nice...

  • Satoumi An (Ama Hut Experience)
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    127 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Shimashi Shimachoukoshika 2279
    This sightseeing facility located in Shima Town, Shima City, Mie Prefecture allows visitors to experience a moment inside an ama hut, a place where the ama (female divers) would warm up for diving or relax after their dives. You can sit around the hearth and enjoy local seafood while listening to tales of the sea shared by current working divers and former divers. In addition to seafood harvested in the nearby ocean such as Ise-ebi spiny lobster, abalone, and turban shellfish, visitors can also try Tekone Sushi which is a local specialty of the Shima region. Advance reservation is required and applications are accepted for three or more adults.

    Besides the delicious fresh seafood you will have a wonderful time hearing about the life of the Ama. We truly had the best afternoon here asking questions and hearing stories of the Ama. I highly...

  • Shitennoji Temple
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    Mie Pref. Tsushi Sakaemachi 1-892
    The oldest temple in Tsu City, it is located in Sakae-machi, Tsu City, Mie Prefecture and said to have been built by Prince Shotoku at the imperial request of Empress Suiko. It originally had larger premises, but the majority of it was burned down during WWII. It includes the grave of Kaokujuei Zenni, Oda Nobunaga's biological mother, the statue of Prince Shotoku, an important cultural property, and the statue of Bhaisajyaguru. There are many valuable cultural properties that remain such as the mountain gate that is a tangible cultural property of the city. In addition, the temple also conducts a Zen experience course where you can get an easy taste of the atmosphere of a Zen temple, and sutra copying.
  • Roadside Station Kii-Nagashima Manbo
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    66 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Kitamurogunkihokuchou Kinagashima-ku Higashinagashima 2410-73
    This roadside station is in Kumanonadarinkai Park in Kihoku Town, Kitamuro County, Mie Prefecture. It has a variety of shops including food stands selling flame-broiled fare like skewered ocean sunfish and Kii-Nagashima's famous Pacific saury sushi. The sashimi (sliced raw fish) shop makes its specialty on the spot from locally caught fish. Their specialty store offers fresh fish, eggs, koji rice malt, dried goods like mirin-boshi ocean sunfish, and special products like Owase hinoki cypress cutting boards.

    馬越峠を往復し、お昼はお寿司を食した後、トイレ休憩兼お買い物で寄らせて頂きました。名前の通り、マンボウの切り身も売っているし、食事もできるようです。私的にはアワビやトコブシが目につきました。美味しそうだったなぁ。少し悩んだあと、結局みかんを二袋購入しました。デコポンで、とても美味しそう。今夜、風呂上がりに食べる事にします。

  • Tsukiyomi-no-miya
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Miyajiri 1-3-19
    This shrine is dedicated to the same Tsukiyomi-no-Mikoto as the Inner Ise Shrine associated shrine Tsukiyomi-no-miya but is located in a shopping district in the center of Ise. This shrine has old connections to an ancient river called Okawara and farming in the area. The road that stretches straight from the Outer Ise Shrine’s Kitamikado Gate to Tsukiyomi-no-miya is known as the path of the gods and as such there is custom to avoid walking in the center of the road to allow the gods to pass. The shrine is about a 10-minute walk from the JR Iseshi Station.

    From the JR station Iseshi, you can easily walk to this Tsukiyominomiya shrine, one of the 125 shrines of Ise Jingu shrines. The shrine looks very simple. But the simpleness delivers you beautiful...

  • Roadside Station Iitaka-eki
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    Mie Pref. Matsusakashi Itakachoumiyamae 177
    A roadside station located in Iitaka-cho, Matsusaka City, Mie Prefecture opened as a local specialty products market in 1990. Facilities include a tourist information center, shop selling local farm-fresh produce and specialty products, cafe only open in the morning, and a restaurant which serves Matsusaka beef. Visitors can also ease away the fatigue of their journey using the station's massage service or the Iitaka no Yu natural hot spring bath house, which has 11 bath varieties, including an outdoor bath and steam bath. Also offering short soba noodle making classes, the station is a destination where families can relax and have fun.

    温泉も併設している道の駅。野菜などの地元の方々用のお買い物仕様になっていますが、伊勢うどんなど三重県の名産品も多く取り揃えてて観光にも対応しています。横に長い割と大きな道の駅という印象。ゴートゥートラベルにも対応していました。

  • Roadside Station Iga
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    Mie Pref. Igashi Tsugemachi 6187-1
    A roadside station located close to the Iga Interchange on the Meihan Expressway in Iga City, Mie Prefecture. The station's distinctive octagonal building is modeled after a famous haiku by the great Matsuo Basho. The station's specialty products market sells locally grown vegetables and Iga specialty products, while the station's restaurant serves Iga beef croquettes, Matsusaka beef yakiniku barbecue set meals, and other dishes made with local ingredients. The station also has a free dog park and a convenience store open 24 hours a day.

    The roadside station in Iga is old, somewhat outdated, and not very interesting, but I dont know of anywhere else where you can get as much food, good food, for such a low price. I would especially...

  • Gojoban Yashiki
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    Mie Pref. Matsusakashi Tonomachi 1385
    Gojoban Yashiki is a samurai residence in which the 20 Kishu top-ranking samurai who guarded Matsusaka Castle at the end of the Edo period lived along with their families. An unusual kumiyashiki (residence for low class samurai enrolled in one of the police forces) even across all of Japan, it still remains inhabited by the samurai descendants, and only one part of the residence on the north side of the west building is open to the public. It is located approximately 15 minutes on foot from JR Matsusaka Station.

    A short street with some historical house. Worth to stop by if u stay in the city and you love Japanese stuff. Also, no good for parking

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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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