Nature Spots in Mie Area

  • 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.

    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...

  • 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.
  • Aoyama Plateau
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    Mie Pref. Igashi Kachidi
    This plateau occupies one corner of Muro-Akame-Aoyama Quasi-National Park, located in Kachiji, Iga City, Mie Prefecture. The plateau's gentle slopes and the Aoyama Plateau National Park Road and Tokai Nature Trail are maintained to allow visitors to enjoy driving and walking here. In the spring, Japanese andromeda and Rhododendrons bloom, and throughout the summer visitors can see the small red Carnation flowers. Visitors can also enjoy the beauty of the four seasons with the Maiden Silvergrass in the fall and the frost-covered trees in the winter. Near the top of the plateau, there is a wind farm with dozens of wind turbines. Visitors can come close to the turbines to appreciate this impressive sight.
  • 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.
  • Mikimoto Pearl Island
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    Mie Pref. Tobashi Toba 1-7-1
    In 1893 Mikimoto Kokichi opened the first pearl raising facility here on Mikimoto Pearl Island and after the island was opened to the public in 1951 it has drawn numerous sightseers. On the island, which is approximately 23,000 square meters in size, you'll find the Mikimoto Pearl Museum with everything about pearls as well as the Mikimoto Kokichi Memorial Hall which will introduce you to the life of Mikimoto Kokichi, the Pearl King. With these and demonstrations of traditional white clad Ama pearl diver techniques you can immerse yourself in the wonder of pearls, making this almost a Pearl Theme Park.
  • Kaochidani Valley
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    Mie Pref. Nabarishi Shourenji
    "This famous flower-viewing spot is located near Ochiai bus stop, 30 minutes by bus from the Kintetsu Nabari Station. Situated on the up river on the Shorenji River, a tributary of the Nabari River, this valley is also known as Kansai's Yabakei. The columnar joint of the stone cliff looks as if it was split by an ax-blow. The valley follows the river for approximately eight kilometers. Having passed through the Kaochi Tunnel, after approximately two kilometers, visitors can see the majestic natural beauty of the Byobuiwa Sheer Cliffs which dominate this landscape. The leaves in fall are especially beautiful, and this ""Valley of Autumn Leaves"" with the rock face in the background is an excellent place for photography. In the spring, there are Japanese rose and azalea flowers, and in the winter, visitors can see the frost covering the trees."
  • Ama-no-iwado
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    Mie Pref. Shimashi Isobechouerihara
    A cave where according to legend the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami hid herself. Surrounded by trees, it is also a naturally beautiful location. The water welling forth from six holes in Erihara has been selected as one of the 100 most renowned spring waters in Japan. Many ascetic practitioners come to train in the waters of the nearby Misogi Falls.
  • Lake Shorenji
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    Mie Pref. Nabarishi Shourenji
    This lake is located an approximately 10-minute walk from the Shorenjiko-mae bus stop. The Mie Kotsu bus service runs from the Kintetsu Nabari Station. It is a man-made lake, created thanks to the ShorenjiDam. It is a well-known bass fishing spot, and the surrounding mountains are reflected in the water, displaying the beauty of the four seasons with the cherry blossoms in spring and the red leaves in fall. Due to the nearby environmental facilities, there is also a park and tennis court, making it a popular place for rest and recreation. It is also famous as a perfect spot for bird watching and bass fishing.
  • Dolphin Island
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    Mie Pref. Tobashi Ohamachou Hyuga Island 628
    Dolphin Island is a leisure facility based on a remote island full of nature in Ohama Town, Toba City, Mie Prefecture. Visitors can enjoy the amazing dolphin shows and unique sea lion shows as well as actually touching the dolphins and feeding them. Views overlooking the Toba Bay, Chita Peninsula, and Atsumi Peninsula can be had from the observation deck accessed by lift. The Heart Lock Bell, a monument for bringing people together, is a popular power spot. There is also a restaurant and a beach for water fun, making it a place for the whole family to enjoy all day long.
  • Shichiri Mihama Beach
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    Kumano City, Mie Prefecture-Nanjo County Kihocho
    "This is the longest sandy beach in Japan, extending 22 kilometers from Kumano City to Kiho City. It was chosen as one of the Japan's 100 Best Beaches and also one of the ""top 100 places of nature we want to protect in the 21st century"". The pebbles polished by the turbulent waves of the Kumano Sea are called Mihama Pebbles and are used as accessories and the like. The beach is also well-known as a place where Loggerhead sea turtles come up onto land. The beautiful landscape lends itself to photography, with the scenery in the daytime having an incredible contrast between the blue of the sea and the white clouds, and the orange of the sunrise."
  • Miyanotani Gorge
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    Mie Pref. Matsusakashi Itakachouhachisu
    Miyanodani Gorge is located in Muro-Akame-Aoyama Quasi-National Park in the city of Matsuzaka, Mie Prefecture. It is located on the upper reaches of the Hasu River, which flows through a nearly untouched natural area. Because the volume of water is small in proportion to the drop, Kazaore Falls is bent in the middle, and there is also a 60-meter Takadaki waterfall. Rock formations, such as Inutobi-iwa Rock and Rokkaku Byobu Rock, have given the gorge a reputation for its scenery. In addition, a four-kilometer path has been laid out in an old-growth forest, and the area is especially attractive in the fall, when the leaves change color.
  • Rokujuppiro Falls
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    Mie Pref. Takigunodaichou Osugi
    Rokujuppiro Falls is located in the park of the same name in Taki County, Mie Prefecture. This waterfall, which falls into Minogatani Valley along the shore of the lake formed by the Miyakawa Dam, was discovered during the Muromachi Period (1334-1615). When the drop of the falls was measured by dropping a rope in 1541, it was discovered to be 60 hiro (a hiro was a measurement of length equivalent to two outstretched hands), so it was named Rokujuppiro. The natural environment surrounding the falls is beautiful in every season, and scenic trails have been laid out so that visitors can easily walk around in the lovely scenery. On clear days, one can sometimes see rainbows in the falls.
  • Koushirahama Beach
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    Mie Pref. Shimashi Agochoukou
    This beach in Shima City, Mie Prefecture is marked by its wide, shallow shoal and gentle curve. The south side has the Ago Matsubara Beach, which is packed with swimmers all summer long. The beach is also a year-round surfing spot, and famous even in the surfing hot spots of the Chugoku region. They even hold surfing competitions here.
  • Toshijima Island
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    Mie Prefecture Toba City
    This is the largest of the outlying islands of Toba City, and a popular activity is walking tours that take visitors around historic sites such as the kubizuka (a burial mound for a severed head) and dozuka (a mound for the severed torso) of Yoshitaka Kuki, the lord of Toba Castle who committed seppuku (suicide by ritual disembowelment to avoid a disgraceful execution) after suffering defeat in the Battle of Sekigahara, as well as offering a view of the work in the fishing port. There are also many other sites to see such as the original tree cultivar for Yamato Tachibana (a type of citrus tachibana), which is a prefectural Natural Monument, and a beech tree that looks just like a dragon. Every year on the old calendar the Hachiman Festival is held from January 17-19, and the Oiyare-fune at the end of August is also interesting to see.
  • Sugashima Island
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    Mie Pref. Tobashi Sugashimachou
    Of the four inhabited islands in Toba City, Sugashima Island is the second largest with Mt. Oyama in the center with an altitude of 236.6 meters, as well as a series of other 200-meter-level mountains such as Mt. Sakaden and Mt. Boshi. From around January to February one can see beautiful scenery with the crimson leaves of Japanese box trees near the summit of Mt. Oyama. Sugashima is a simple, beautiful island that is blessed with fishing grounds and is referred to as the “Island of Wind” as it has a culture of drying various things there. It is approximately 18 minutes on foot from Toba Marine Terminal of Sadahama Port.
  • Kamishima Island
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    Mie Pref. Tobashi Kamishimachou
    Kamishima, which belongs to Mie Prefecture’s Toba City, is an island where as the name implies people believe that it is overseen by a deity, and is a fishing island that became famous for appearing in the novel The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima. In the island’s Yatsushiro Shrine nearly one hundred sacred treasures are kept that span a period from the Kofun period (of Japanese history, 250-538 CE) to the Muromachi period (1333-1573 CE). It is approximately 40 minutes from the Toba Marine Terminal by the city-run liner.
  • Oumu Seki Rock
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    Mie Pref. Shimashi Isobechouerihara
    Located in Isobe Town, Shima City, Mie Prefecture, this is a large slab of rock with a width of 127 meters and a height of 31 meters towering halfway up Mt. Wago. A voice emitted at the speaking place reaches to a separate listening place that is approximately 50 meters away. It was called Oumu Iwa (or Parrot Rock) because it almost seems like the rock is mimicking people’s words. The observatory at the top is a favorable view spot that looks out over the rural land, people’s homes, and the Pacific Ocean off in the distance. In addition to tourists, is a relaxing place also used by locals who come for picnics and excursions.
  • Shishi Iwa
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    Mie Pref. Kumanoshi Idochou
    Towering over the coast, this rock is shaped like a roaring lion. It is said to serve as the guardian for the nearby Oma Shrine, which is why the shrine contains no guardian dog statues. The whole coastline nearby used to be considered a Natural Monument known as “Onigajo,” but in 1958, it along with Shishi Iwa was designated a place of beauty and rebranded as the Natural Monument “Onigajo and Shishi Iwa.” In July 2004, it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.”
  • Sakate Island
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    Mie Pref. Tobashi Sakatechou
    This small island floats about 600 meters away from Toba City and is about 10 minutes from the Toba marine terminal, making it easy to reach. There’s a beach open during summer, and starting around May, a number of beautiful “rabbit ear irises,” designated as natural treasures, bloom in Ayame pond, making it popular with tourists. It’s also a little-known fishing spot, and there are small hotels and fishing tours available, making it popular with sea anglers.
  • Gotemba Beach
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    Mie Pref. Tsushi Fujikata
    "Located in Fujikata, Tsu City, approximately 17kilometersof this famous coast and beaches with its white sand and green pine trees have been designated as a prefectural national park. The wide beach and calm waves of the sea are ideal for swimming and beach volleyball. It is also a clamming spot, where visitors can gather shellfish such as razor clams and asari clams. Visitors can also experience using a beach seine or the ""set net"", whereby fish are caught in a net set along the mud flats when the tide goes out. There are also several rest areas, so families can enjoy the beach throughout the whole day."

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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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