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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.

    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...

  • Meoto Iwa (Husband and Wife Rocks)
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    651 Reviews
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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.

    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...

  • Sarutahiko Shrine
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    408 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...

  • 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.

    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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    367 Reviews
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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.

    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.

  • Ninja Museum of Igaryu
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    319 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 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.
  • Gozaisho Ropeway
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    102 Reviews
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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.

    The experience includes a cable car ride up to the mountain top and a chairlft down to a trekking area. We were only only able to take the cable car as the chairlift operation was suspended due to...

  • Tsubaki Grand Shrine
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    141 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...

  • Shikinen Sengu Memorial Sengu Museum
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    200 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...

  • Tokaido Seki-juku
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    115 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...

  • Tsukiyomi-no-miya
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    82 Reviews
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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 Kii-Nagashima Manbo
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    61 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.

    ランチを兼ねて立ち寄りました。 マンボウは水揚げがなく食べれませんでした。2人で行って、カツオメンチ定食とご当地種まき権兵衛ラーメン(塩)を頼みました。カツオメンチはかなり甘かったです。 売店ではヒノキのまな板が安かったです。大きさがいろいろあって500円から買えました。

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Satoumi An (Ama Hut Experience)
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    77 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.

    On pictures looks better.xa0The food was unfortunately just ok. Staff amazing and welcoming. Very for tourist.

  • Roadside Station Iitaka-eki
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    39 Reviews
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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.

    一つ山向こうの大台-宮川の大杉谷よりはずっとましではあるが、 こちらもここより奈良県側はお店が少ない。 コンビニなどもってのほか。 こちらは重要な拠点となる。 駐車場、お店、温泉一通り揃う。 こちらより20キロ先に姉妹店の波瀬のお店があるが こちらよりはだいぶ小さいね。

  • Roadside Station Iga
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    36 Reviews
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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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    93 Reviews
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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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