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  • Ise Jingu
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    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.

    There's a reason this is one of the most important shrines in Japan - the sun goddess lives here! But aside from that, this has to be one of the most beautiful and peaceful shrines we've ever visited...

  • 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.
  • Okage Yokocho
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujinakanokirichou
    This was opened in 1993, the year of the 61st Jingu Shikinensengu (rebuilding ceremony), and the name indicates words of gratitude to the shrine, which is also known as O-Ise-San. Located in the very midst of Oharai-machi at Ise Jingu Naiku’s Monzen-machi, this is a sightseeing spot with more than 60 shops where visitors can enjoy shopping and eating as they stroll around the area. The area’s atmosphere is perfect thanks to Iseji’s representative buildings from the Edo period to the Meiji period that have been reconstructed here. It is full of Ise’s charm with shops offering local sake to pair with Ise udon, the Ise confection of akafuku (anko-coated mochi), old-time candy stores and shops that assemble toys.
  • 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.

    A Shrine dedicated to the prosperity of married couples where people come to pray at sunrise. The summer solstice the sun rises center to the sacred Meitowa. The frogs are considered auspicious signs...

  • Gozaisho Ropeway
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    Mie Prefecture Mie Gun, Konno-machi Yunoyama Onsen
    A ropeway located a 10 minute walk from the Yunoyamaonsen bus stop on Mie Kotsu bus lines. From the ropeway's gondolas, riders can enjoy the seasonal scenery of Mt. Gozaisho, including rhododendrons and other flowers in spring, fall foliage in autumn, and frost covered trees in winter. Many unusual rock formations dot the mountain, as well as the tallest steel tower in Japan, and this variegated scenery ensures riders will be entertained from journey start to end. There's a mountaintop restaurant with a gorgeous view as well as a souvenir shop at the end. Events are also held at the top such as stamp rallies and birdwatching classes.

    this ropeway really worth to try, you will be amazed by the stableness even in the winter and windy time. YOu can take this topeway to get to the Mount Gozisho and try out a tasty ice cream or...

  • Akame 48 Waterfalls
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    Mie Pref. Nabarishi Akamechou Nagasaka
    The general title for a four kilometer stretch of river comprised of numerous waterfalls. The area has been selected for numerous lists of scenic locations, including the Heisei 100 Famous Waterfalls, 100 Select Walking Trails, and Japan’s 100 Best Waterfall Scenery lists. Among the many waterfalls, the Akame Gobaku five falls are particularly impressive. The falls have been seen as a sacred site in traditional mountain worship since ancient times and En no Gyoja, famed mystic and founder of Shugendo asceticism, trained here. It is said that En no Gyoja met the Wisdom King Acala riding a red-eyed bull when training here, hence the area’s name of Akame (“Red Eye”). A statue of red-eyed bull is positioned along the walking trail, and it is said that rubbing them brings good luck.
  • Meoto Iwa (Husband and Wife Rocks)
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    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.

    One of the most well-known images (and shrines) in Japan for the wedded rocks, it's definitely something you must see when you visit Ise. We went in the off season and it wasn't too crowded, but the...

  • Tsubaki Grand Shrine
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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.
  • Sarutahiko Shrine
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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.

    猿田彦神社の境内にひときわはなやかな様子で鎮座しているのが佐瑠女神社 です。 ご祭神の天宇受売命(あめのうずめのみこと)は猿田彦大神の妻であり、天照大御神(あまてらすおおみかみ)が天岩窟(あめのいわや)にこもられたときに神楽をされ、大御神が再び現れて平和な世を迎えられたと伝えられます。 このことから芸能の神様として信仰され芸能関係の方も多く訪れるそうです。

  • Shinmei-jinja Shrine (Ishigami-san)
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    Mie Pref. Tobashi Ousatsuchou 1385
    A Shinto shrine located in Osatsu Town, famous for its ama female divers and fisherman. The small Shinto shrine located on the approach to the main shrine is locally known as “Ishigami-san.” The shrine is dedicated to the goddess Tamayori-hime. Since ancient times, ama female divers have come to the shrine to pray for safety and large catches. Due to this association, legend has it that the shrine will grant one wish to any woman who prays here. Women from all over the country come to visit the shrine. There is a shop and café housed inside a remodeled private home along the approach to the shrine which sells handmade tokoroten jelly noodles and souvenirs.
  • Ueno Park
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    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.
  • Yokoyama Observatory
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    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.
  • Iga Ueno Castle
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    194 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 lot is made of Iga-Ueno's connection with the Ninja. Probably was good once upon a time but now quite overdone. The castle itself is about average as Japanese small castles go with so-so displays...

  • Iga no Sato Mokumoku Tezukuri Farm
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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 is an amazing place for kids, despite the 500 yen entrance fee pp. However, as an adult, there aint much to see or do. We went there in the morning, had lunch in the cafe, tried the famous...

  • Mie Prefectural Museum (MieMu)
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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...

  • Tsukiyomi-no-miya
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Nakamurachou 742-1
    The God Tsukiyomi-no-Mikoto, who controls the phases of the moon and governs over the calendar, is enshrined here at Tsukiyomi-no-miya, an associated shrine of Inner Ise Shrine. After the gods Izanagi-no-Mikoto and Izanami-no-Mikoto gave birth to the Sun Goddess Amaterasu they then gave birth to Tsukiyomi-no-Mikoto. Tsukiyomi is said to be one of the pillars of the gods. Tsukiyomi-no-Mikoto was entrusted with governing the night world. The shrine is about a 10-minute walk from Isuzugawa Station on the Kintetsu Toba Line.
  • Futamigaura
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Futamichoue
    This famous spot in Ise City, Mie Prefecture is a 15-minute walk from JR Futaminoura Station and featured in one of Utagawa Hiroshige's Ukiyo-e prints. Futami Okitama Shrine is famous for the Meoto Iwa Rocks, said to bestow the boons of prosperity and safety at home and the good fortune of Sarutahiko no Okami, the god enshrined there. The two larger and smaller boulders act as the torii gate usually found at shrine entrances, and the image of them as a pair has led to them being called the Married Couple Rocks. People often pray here for marital happiness and finding the right partner, and from May to July you can see the sunrise, a sign of the season. Futamiura Beach Resort and Sea Paradise are both nearby.
  • Mt. Gozaisho
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    Mie Pref. Miegunkomonochou Komono Hot spring mountain
    This is the highest peak of the Suzuka Mountains, located in Komono Town, Mie County, Mie Prefecture. A park is maintained at the summit, in addition to the Fujimi-iwa Observatory and the Japanese Antelope Center. Visitors can ride to the summit on the Gozaisho Ropeway or hike up one of the various mountain trails. The walking routes vary in difficulty from beginner to intermediate and hard. A variety of flowers bloom in each season, as well as the red leaves in the fall, and frost covering the trees in the winter. There is also Yunohana Hot Spring at the foot of the mountain, where visitors can rest from their climbing and walking.
  • 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.
  • Oharai-machi
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujinakanokirichou
    This is an 800-meter stone-paved street that follows the Izusugawa River from Ise Jingu Naiku’s Ujibashi Bridge. Full of shops with the gables and hipped roofs of the tsumairi architectural style, the area is bustling with tourists. The flagship store selling Ise’s famous confection “akafuku” (anko-coated mochi) as well as many shops offering souvenirs are located here, and taking a stroll here after worshipping at the shrine is recommended. On this street visitors can find historical structures such as the Jingu Dojo and Saishu Shokusha, and enjoy an overall ambience that is very representative of O-Ise-San.

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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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