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  • 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.
  • Futamigaura
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Isuzugawa River Mitarashi
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujitachichou
    Located on the premises of Ise Jingu’s Naiku (Kotaijingu) in Ise City, this is a place to purify one’s entire body and soul before worshipping at the shrine. The stone-paved Mitarashi constructed on the banks of the Isuzugawa River is said to have been donated by Tokugawa Tsunayoshi’s mother Keishouin. The temizusha (ablution front) also serves the same purpose in allowing worshippers to cleanse their hands in the clean, streaming waters of the Isuzugawa River and purify themselves.
  • Ago Bay
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Shimashi Daiouchounakiri 2199
    "Ago-wan is a famous bay located on a ria coast with many inlets, in the southern part of the Shima Peninsula in Shima City, Mie Prefecture. Local specialty seafood products include the delicacy called Miru (seaweed), Asari short-necked clam and Iwagaki oyster. There is also a thriving pearl cultivation industry, using the Akoya pearl oyster; during the early years of the Showa period (1926-1989) when cultured pearl techniques were adopted here, this area became known as ""Pearl Bay."" Many islands can be seen in Ago Bay, including Kashiko Island, which was the venue for the 42nd G7 Summit (the ""Ise-Shima Summit"") in 2016. From the observation platforms on Mt. Tomoyama and Mt. Yokoyama, visitors can enjoy some really photogenic scenery."
  • Suzuka Hotaru no Sato
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Suzukashi Nishishounaichou 1498 (Ueno self-government association)
    This natural landscape of mountain, river, and rice paddies is home to wild fireflies. There are viewing paths to let visitors see the countless flying light. The most common type here are known as Genjihotaru. The best viewing period depends on the weather, but most years it lasts from late May to early July. They hold a Hotaru Matsuri around when the fireflies start flying.
  • Maruyama Senmaida
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Kumanoshi Kiwachoumaruyama
    A series of 1,340 terraced rice fields located on 736 meter tall Mt. Shirakura which has been selected as one of the 100 most beautiful terraced fields in the country. The countless small fields, rising in steps, creates an impressive and amazing sight. The scenery is also distinctly seasonal. When the planting is done, the fields turn green; when the ears shine golden, harvest time is near. Conservation activities are conducted here and a variety of events are held throughout the year, as well as rice-planting mini-classes.
  • Kiyomori Camphor Tree
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Iseshi Toyokawachou 279 within the territory
    A camphor tree that stands along the road approaching Outer Ise Shrine. It is said the tree is over 900 years old. Legends states that when Taira no Kiyomori visited Outer Ise Shrine as an imperial envoy, a branch from the tree brushed against his ceremonial hat. An angry Kiyomori cut off the branch giving the tree its name. In present time the tree has forked into two trunks.
  • Mitake no Sakura
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Tsushi Misugichoumitake
    Located an approximately 60-minute drive from Hisai Interchange on the Ise Expressway, or alternatively, an approximately 70-minute drive from Ueno Interchange on the Meihan Expressway. From National Route 368, rows of cherry trees stand alongside the road approaching the mountain entrance of Shinpukuin Temple, an ancient temple which sits above Mitake Village. It has been sung of in Mago-uta songs for generations, and has also been chosen as one of the Japan Top 100 Sakura Viewing Sites as a place of scenic beauty. During the cherry blossom viewing season, an approximately 1. 5-kilometer road is adorned by the old 500 hill cherry trees. The Cherry Blossom Festival takes place in April, and visitors can enjoy the night-time illuminations.
  • Hadasu-no-michi Pass Route
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Kumanoshi Hadasuchou
    This roughly four-kilometer stretch of roadway is part of the ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. The closest stations are JR Atashika Station on the Ise side and JR Hadasu Station on the Kumano side. The course starts from Atashika Town and you pass Hadasu and Odamari before going through the city of Kumano and on to Hananoiwaya-jinja Shrine. It has been designated a Mie Prefecture Mothers' and Children's Natural and Historic Walking Path. Along the way you'll find cobblestone paving from the Kamakura Period, considered to be the oldest on the Iseji portion of the Kumano Kodo. You can also see sites like Jofuku-no-Miya Shrine, which is dedicated to the historic Chinese traveler Xu Fu who came in search of the elixir of perpetual youth, as well as a hollow filled with sacred water. Known as the Water Footprint, it's said to have been left by Kobo Daishi, the founder of esoteric Japanese Buddhism.
  • Magose Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Prefecture Kitamuro-gun Kihoku-cho - Owase City
    This popular pass at the border of Kihoku Town and Owase City is about 30 minutes on foot from Ouka Station on the JR Kisei Main Line. You can also take a Mie Kotsu Bus and get off at the Washige stop. It's right there. The stone paved path that's said to be the finest on the Iseji portion of the ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route and runs through a forest of beautiful Owase hinoki cypress. Along the way is the Yonaki Jizo, a stone statue of the mythical protector of children that's said to have the power to stop them from crying during the night. Below the pass, Magose Park boasts beautiful cherry blossoms and azaleas from spring to early summer and Japanese clover flowers in the fall. If you come by car you can leave it at Roadside Station Miyama and return by bus from the Ken-Owase-Sogochosha-Mae stop.
  • Ohatsuki-icho Ginkgo Trees of Reizanji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Igashi Shimotsuge 3252
    On Mt. Reizan in the northern end of the Nunobiki mountain range and Reizanji Temple within it, there is a variety of ginkgo tree called ohatsuki-icho. Characterized by the fact that its seeds grow on the leaves, the trees there are bigger than others of the same species and plentiful. It was designated a Prefectural Natural Monument in March 1996. When the autumn leaves are at their peak, the trees are very beautiful and colorful. In addition, Reizanji Temple is also the starting point of the climbing path for Mt. Reizan. There are colonies of asebi (Dwarf Lily-of-the-Valley) and Japanese holly at the summit, and easy to stop by when on a hike. Reizanji Temple's sekibutsugun (group of stone Buddhas) has been designated a cultural property by the city, and is a very attractive photography spot.
  • Menard Aoyama Resort Herb Garden
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Igashi Kiryu 2356
    This eight hectare herb garden is located inside the facilities of the Menard Aoyama Resort. Utilizing the climate of Takayama Kogen at an altitude of 600 meters that is cool throughout the year, more than 300 types of herbs such as lavender and chamomile are cultivated here. It is open from the end of April until the end of November. You can walk along a promenade within the forest on the facility, allowing you to enjoy forest bathing and its healing effects. In addition, they offer herb tea and dishes such as herb pasta at the cafe in the garden. There is also a shop that sells herb-related goods, so you can fully enjoy herbs to your heart's content.
  • Ago no Matsubara Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Shimashi Agochoukouka
    This beach is 15 minutes from Kintetsu's Ugata Station by bus to Shijima, and its white sand beach stretches for approximately three kilometers right from the Ago no Matsubara bus stop. There are colonies of black pine trees near the beach, and you can enjoy the rich landscape of the marine blue ocean, white sand and pine forest. Because it is facing the Pacific Ocean, the waves are relatively high, and the beach is visited year-round by surfers. Several beach houses are open 9:00 to 17:00 from early July to late August. It is well known for being universally designed, with free bathrooms and beach wheelchairs.
  • Kashikojima
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Shimashi Agochoushinmei 747-17 (Kashijima Station)
    The largest inhabited island in Ago Bay, it is the base for sightseeing in Oku-Shima. The location of the Ise-Shima Summit, there is also a memorial hall to the summit on the second floor of the Kintetsu Railway Shima Line's Kashikojima Station. It is recommended to enjoy an elegant and comfortable 50-minute cruise on the Esperanza, a cruise ship with a pirate ship motif. It stops at a cultured pearl factory midway, and you can purchase pearls and watch as they place pearl nuclei into pearl oysters. In Shima Marine Land, an aquarium made in the image of ancient ammonites, the large sunfish, penguin petting and red garra (doctor fish) are popular.
  • Matsusaka Castle Ruins (Matsusaka Park)
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Matsusakashi Tonomachi
    This park located in Tono-machi, Matsusaka City, Mie Prefecture, was set up in the ruins of Matsusaka Castle built by Gamo Ujisato. The stone walls that stand proudly have become the symbol of Matsusaka. You can find the Museum of Motoori Norinaga, Suzunoya (the former home of Motoori Norinaga) and the Museum of History and Folklore in the park, and it is a place for residents to relax throughout the four seasons with cherry blossoms, wisteria and ginkgo coloring the stone walls. You can also enjoy watching the cherry blossoms at night since they are lit up when they are in bloom. It was designated as a national important cultural property in 2004.
  • Kazahayanosato Kappa no Furusato
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    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Tsushi Hekichou 4096
    This flower garden is located in the Ise Onsen Golf Club which is a five-minutedrive from HisaiInterchange on the Ise Expressway. As the first flower garden in Japan to incorporate horticultural welfare, it combines aspects of environment and welfare. From early February to late March, 500 plum trees of 45 types carpet the lawn with their red and white petals, and around Golden Week, the 1800 trellises of nine different types of wisteria tree blossom with their large clusters of flowers. The low rolling hills of the garden make it the largest in Japan, and in June, visitors can take a stroll through the soothing flowery lanscape, which with its 56 different types of 75,000 hydrangea flowers, entertains the eye with endlessly delightful changes of colors.

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  • Miyazuma Valley/Suizawa Momiji Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Yokkaichishi Suizawachou Mountain boy
    Approximately a 20-minute drive from the Yokkaichi Interchange off the Higashimeihan Expressway, this valley is the entrance to the Miyazuma Gorge inside the Suzuka Quasi- National Park and starts right where one disembarks form the Miyazumaguchi bus stop. This gorge is well known by many Japanese because the fall foliage at this site is eulogized in the fifth poem of the Collection of One Hundred Poets. Not only is the whole area lined with colorful maple trees, but visitors are amazed at the depth of color that spreads all the way to one’s feet. The Mizusawa Momiji maple Festival is held annually around the end of November during which time the trees are illuminated creating an enchanting atmosphere of the gorge that cannot be experienced during the day
  • Miya River Banks
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Iseshi Nakajima ・ Miyakawa town grounds (near Shidobashi) Miyagawa Boden Park
    "Miyagawa Tsutsumi Park runs along the Miyagawa River, northwest of Isejingu Shrine. It was wide lawns, and is famous for the 1,000 or so Yoshino cherry trees planted along the river, creating the so-called ""1000 trees in a glimpse"" sight. The park is filled with cherry blossom viewing revelers every year from March through April, during the full-bloom season, and there are food stalls and night-time illumination to enjoy, as well. It is also a designated prefectural place of scenic beauty."
  • Nabari Central Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Nabarishi Natsumi 2812
    This general park is in Nabari City, Mie Prefecture. It has a wide variety of facilities, including a stadium, multi-purpose ground, observation deck, and children's playground. It's also famous for cherry blossoms, with approximately 760 Yoshino cherry trees lining the road in full bloom during the season. Every April they host the Nabari cherry blossom festival, and the grounds are filled with cherry blossom viewing partiers.
  • Erihara no Mizuana
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Shima-shi Isobecho Erihara

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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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