Other Sightseeing Spots in Mie Area

  • 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!

  • Pearl Road Toba Observatory
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    Mie Pref. Tobashi Kuzakichou Otake 3-3
    An observatory located midway along the Pearl Road following the coastline. Located on top of 162 meter tall Mt. Hakoda, visitors can enjoy an impressive panorama encompassing the Chita Peninsula and Cape Daio. On clear days Mt. Fuji is also visible. The observatory also has a café and restaurant selected as offering one of the 30 best views in all Japan. There’s also a shop selling local specialty products and a light meal corner where visitors can enjoy popular Ouchiyama soft serve ice cream.

    When we told the staff at our hotel that we were going to be driving along the Pearl Road, they mentioned stopping here. Im glad they did as otherwise, since its a bit of a turnoff from the main...

  • Suzuka Forest Garden
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    Mie Pref. Suzukashi Yamamotochou 151-2
    A research garden operated by Akatsuka Botanical Garden located in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture. The garden was created with the purpose of preserving for future generations Japan's traditional techniques for growing weeping plums. Managed by skilled professionals, some 200 plum trees are grown on the grounds with a focus on the double blossomed Kureha weeping plum. The garden also contains some of the largest weeping plum trees in Japan. The garden is open to the public from February through March, and, depending on the date, the trees are lit up at night. Entrance fees change depending on the date, so be sure to check the garden's official Twitter feed before going.

    Absolutely amazing to say the least ... this somewhat secret garden is going to become VERY, VERY popular, over the next few years. One man has collected over 200 of the finest Kureha Shidare Ume...

  • 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.
  • Iseshima Skyline
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    Ise city Mie prefecture/Toba city
    A road known as the “Driveway of the Heavens” extending 16.3 kilometers from Ise to Toba. From the observatory of 550 meter tall Mt. Asama midway along the road, you can see Ise-Shima and Ise Bay. On clear days, you can even see Mt. Fuji and the Japanese Alps. The observatory also has a footbath where you can soothe tired feet while enjoying the scenery. There’s a drive-in and shop where you can buy local specialties.
  • Suzuka Skyline
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    Mie Prefecture Mie-gun Konno-machi
    This is part of National Route 477, a driveway is 11.9 kilometers in length that connects Mie Prefecture's Komono Town to Siga Prefecture's Koka City. You can get panoramic views of Komono Town throughout. Also, you can see the resort town of Yunoyama Onsen, Aotaki-ohashi Bridge, and the gondola that connects Mt. Gozaisho and the hot spring town from the Skyline. From the Buhei Pass rest area, you can enjoy views of Ise Plain, Ise Bay and the Chita Peninsula in the day, and also the night sky. The toll became free from 1997, and it is closed during the winter (December to April).
  • 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.
  • Kitabatake Samurai Gardens
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    Mie Pref. Tsushi Misugichoukamitage 1148
    This ornamental pond style Buke-Shoin garden is located in a corner of Kitabatake Shrine, in Misugi-cho, Tsu City, Mie Prefecture. It is one of the three great Samurai gardens of Japan and was created by Hosokawa Takakuni, the grandfather of Harutomo Kitabatake, who was the governor of Ise in the Muromachi Period. This garden is reminiscent of Kitabatake's splendor in the way it embodies the aesthetics of the local prominent families of the time. Its charming beauty is simple and openhearted. As a garden representative of the Nanboku-cho period, it has been designated as a national place of scenic beauty and as a historical site. It is also very well known as a place to view the green leaves of spring and the red leaves of fall.

    続日本百名城巡りの一環として初めて行きました。北畠神社をお参りし、御朱印とスタンプをいただきました。せっかくなので300円払って庭園を鑑賞しました。巨木が木陰を作り、苔がきれいな緑のじゅうたんのように一面を覆っていました。

  • Asamayama Observatory
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Asamachou Ancient times
    This view point is located at the summit of Mt. Asama, partway along the Ise-Shima Skyline, at an altitude of 500 meters. The famous panoramic view extends to the Pacific Ocean with a spectacular view of the sunrise, skyline and mountain ranges, and on a clear day, Mt. Fuji is also viewable. There is also an official postbox located at Ise-Shima's highest point, which serves as a gathering place for lovers. At the summit, there is also a footbath, where visitors can enjoy the incredible views while resting from the tiring climb.
  • Anorisaki Lighthouse
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    Mie Pref. Shimashi Agochouanori 794-1
    A lighthouse was first erected here in 1681 by the Edo shogunate government to guide ships. Most Japanese lighthouses are round, but the Anorisaki Lighthouse is square, the 20th such constructed in Japan. The lovely white structure has been selected as one of the top 50 lighthouses in Japan and in 2013 it was designated a Tangible Cultural Property.
  • Ugura Park
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    Mie Pref. Wataraigunminamisechou Michiyukugama
    This park is 25 minutes by car from the Kisei Expressway's Kisei-Ouchiyama Interchange. It has four observatories that look out over Ise-Shima National Park's rias coastline: Akebono Observatory, Mieshima Observatory, Kasaragi Observatory, and Tachibana Observatory. All of them have spectacular views that change with the seasons. The Mieshima Observatory is great if you're going as a couple. The bay appears heart shaped from it, and in 2015 it was designated a Lover's Sanctuary.
  • Ujibashi Bridge
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujitachichou
    This bridge near the entrance of Ise Jingu’s Naiku (Kotaijingu) in Ise City spans across the Isuzugawa River. It has been selected as one of Japan’s 100 most famous bridges, and is a popular place to take commemorative photos as it is a symbol of the Naiku. There are torii gates on both sides of the bridge, and the outer torii is made from the old pillars of the Geku-seiden (outer shrine main hall) and the inner torii is made from the old pillars of the Naiku-seiden (inner shrine main hall). When the bridge is rebuilt every twenty years as a part of Shikinen Sengu (a periodic transfer of the divine symbol to a divine palace which is newly constructed every twenty years), these are dismantled and reconstructed, and the outer torii becomes the torii of the Shichiri-no-Watashi in Kuwana City and the outer torii becomes the torii of the Seki-no-higashi Oiwake in Kameyama City. For several days before and after the winter solstice the morning sun rises directly above the torii, and this area is bustling with many visitors during that time.
  • Matoyawan-ohashi Bridge
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    Mie Pref. Shimashi Isobechoumatoya
    This 237.6-meter-long bridge spans Matoya Bay in Isobecho, Shima City, Mie Prefecture. The red bridge creates a beautiful contrast with the blue of Matoya Bay and the surrounding greenery. The bridge is situated on the Pearl Road, a popular scenic driving course. The calm blue ocean and bright red bridge are a beautiful sight. The bridge is also a place from which visitors can enjoy the majestic scenery of the area's variegated ria coast. There's an observatory with parking on the north side where you can take a break in between scenic driving. A monument to Seishi Yamaguchi stands on a hill on the south side.
  • Asoura Ohashi Bridge
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    Minami Ise-cho, Mie Prefecture
    "Asoura Bridge is a so-called ""parent-child bridge,"" consisting of a long section and short section, with an island in between, that links Tashikaraura and Asoura in Watarai County, Mie Prefecture. The red framework of the bridge looks beautiful against the mountain greenery and the deep blue water. Cultured pearls are grown in the area, and from the top of the bridge, drivers can see the lovely wakes of fishing boats in Nie bay. The Kinki Nature Road is a famous sightseeing route in the Ise area, and visitors can walk around the island that lies between the two bridges and stop off at the Naka-no-Iso Observation Point for an overview of the impressive ria (submerged river valley) coastline of the Ise area."
  • Daiosaki Lighthouse
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    Mie Shima-shi Daiocho Nakiri Shiroyama 54
  • Bindama Road
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    Mie Pref. Shimashi Hamajimachouhamajima
    “Bindama” are glass floats which were once commonly used for fishing. This one kilometer long walkway along the seashore is lined with lovely glass floats. After sunset, the floats are lit up, and the path is illuminated by the gentle lights of the floats. Bindama Road is located near the Hamajima ryokan inn district, and at night many visitors come to walk the path carrying paper lanterns borrowed from the ryokan they are staying at.
  • Mugisaki Lighthouse
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    Mie Pref. Shimashi Shimachoukatada
    With its white-walled exterior, Mugisaki Lighthouse watches over the boats navigating the Fuseda waterway, and is well known as a place where one can hear the sound of the ama (female diver) sea whistles during the dive season, having been selected as one of Japan’s 100 Scenic Sound Spots. Located on the very southern tip of Shima Town, Shima City, to the east is Nakiri Lighthouse, while to the west one can see Fuseda Kojima Island and Wagu Oshima Island.
  • Cape Isobue Observatory
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    Mie Pref. Shimashi Hamajimachounambari
    This observatory on the Cape Isobue in Hamashima Town, Shima City, Mie Prefecture is the perfect spot to take in an unbroken view of the majestic Pacific Ocean. There is tragic love story about this spot that tells how an ama (female diver) went into the sea and never returned, and when her lover who was a fisherman came to this area he could hear the sound of her sea whistle. During the ama fishing season, one can hear the sound of the real sea whistles reverberating in the air. It is believed that ringing the “Tsubasu Bell” placed on top of the observatory will bring in success and fortune just like Tsubasu (the young Japanese amberjack) that grow larger.
  • Magatama Pond
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Toyokawachou 279 within the territory
    A garden the belongs to Outer Ise Shrine. The name comes from the magatama (comma-shaped jewels) shape of the pond. Flowers that bloom throughout all four seasons area planted but the Japanese iris that blooms in June are particularly popular. Alongside the pond is a stage that has plays, music, dancing, and other folk entertainment throughout the year, (several times a year). In 2012 the Sengu Museum was opened. Here you can find explanations about the process of dismantling Ise Shrine and rebuilding it which happens every 20 years and is Ise Shrine’s largest event.
  • Yoroizaki Lighthouse
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    Mie Pref. Tobashi Kuzakichou 254-2
    This limestone lighthouse was built on the edge of Kuzaki. The “oyashio” and “kuroshio” currents meet in the surrounding area, making for treacherous waters, so this lighthouse was built to protect fishing vessels. The interior is not accessible, but visitors can view the sea from the structure. Right nearby is a rocky stretch called “Yoroizaki,” from which it gets its name. Legend has it that the name “Yoroizaki” was chosen when Yamahito no Mikoto, seeking the place where Amaterasu was enshrined, visited Kuzaki and removed his yoroi (meaning armor) on the promontory.

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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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