History / Culture / Tour Spots in Mie Area

  • 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.

    伊勢神宮内宮正宮を参拝した後別宮の荒祭宮へ行く途中に鎮座する高床の社。神田から収穫した抜穂の御稲を納めて祭典に際して大御饌として神前に御供えされたそうです。小さいですが神明造りの社です。

  • 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.

    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 The deity is described Japanese old historical documents such as Kojiki...

  • 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.

    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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    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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    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.
  • 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.

    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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    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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    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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    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...

  • 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.
  • 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

  • Jingu Museum & Agriculture Museum
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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...

  • 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...

  • Hinjitsukan
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Futamichouchaya 566-2
    The Hinjitsukan was erected in 1887 for honored guests worshiping at Ise Jingu shrine to use for resting and lodging. Numerous notable personages have stayed here, including Empress Eisho, mother of Emperor Meiji, and Emperor Taisho. A nationally designated Important Cultural Property, visitors can observe elegant traditional Japanese architecture here, including a 120 tatami mat reception hall with chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, the Wajima lacquered tokonoma alcove in the Gotennoma hall, and a strolling garden with central pond.

    About halfway down the Meotoiwa Front Approach road this former guesthouse built in 1887 is definitely worth a visit. As I understood it the first guests around that time were members of the Imperial...

  • Senjuji Temple
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    Mie Pref. Tsushi Isshindenchou 2819
    Located a five-minute walk from JR Ishinden Station, this is the head temple of the Shinshu Takada sect, one of 10 sects of Pure Land Buddhism, with over 600 temples throughout Japan. On November 28, 2017, Mieido (hall housing sacred images of the sect founder) and Nyoraido (main hall) were designated as Mie Prefecture's first National Treasure buildings. The grounds are twice the size of Tokyo Dome, and it is a huge temple with 11 nationally-designated Important Cultural Properties besides the two National Treasures. There is no admission free, and you can go inside the temple from 6:00 to 15:30. Also famous for its lotuses, you can enjoy the various kinds of lotus flowers that bloom all over the temple grounds and the stunning lotus pond in the summer.

    If you like temples this is one of the best in Japan to visit. It is very large, not crowded and surrounded by a lovely old town. It has many of the old features restored to its original condition...

  • Japan Salamander Center
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    Mie Pref. Nabarishi Akamechou Nagasaka
    Japan Salamander Center is a breeding and exhibition facility, one of the few of its kind in Japan, located 10 minutes by bus from Akameguchi Station on the Kintetsu Osaka Line at the entrance to the 48 Falls of Akame. Called a living fossil, the giant salamander is a National Special Natural Monument that has survived in almost unchanged form for more than 30 million years. Visitors can carefully observe the unique forms and biology of giant salamanders and clouded salamanders born in the Akame area. They may also see sword-tail newts and other newts or axolotl walking fish.

    It isnt everyday that one gets to see live giant salamanders. This is a small 2-storey building at the entrance to the Akame 48 nature trail. Here, you can view these unusual creatures in glass...

  • Okage-za Shinwa no Yakata
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujinakanokirichou 52 (Okage Yokochi inside)
    A place where you can experience a mythical world with videos and Japanese paper dolls, this facility is like Isenosato where Amaterasu Omikami is enshrined. It explains in an easy-to-understand way everything from the birth of Japan before time began to the descendants of the gods. It is located approximately five minutes by car from the Isewangan Expressway Ise-Nishi Interchange.

    おかげ座は伊勢神宮内宮の参道であるおはらい町沿いに造られた、おかげ横丁の中にある施設です。資料館というべきでしょうか、ミニシアターがあって伊勢神話などのアニメーションを上映しています。子供達の勉強に役立ちそうな施設ですね。

  • Soranpo Yokkaichi Municipal Museum and Planetarium
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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.

    時々興味のある展示があると伺うのですが、展示の数と配置の関係がとっても絶妙。ゆったりとみられる展示数で程よいのです。かといって展示数が少ないというわけでもなく……。 モリス展は名古屋に続き見に行ったのですが、人も少なく、ゆっくりと堪能することができました。 また興味深い展示があれば伺いたいと思います。 ちなみに常設で四日市公害について学ぶことができます。学校の教室が再現してありますので、当時を体感...

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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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