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  • Aoyama Plateau
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • 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.
  • Iga Ueno Castle
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Iga no Sato Mokumoku Tezukuri Farm
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    4.5
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Igashi Nishiyubune 3609
    A farm and tourist-oriented facility which only creates additive-free and low additive products based on the theme of combining healthiness and deliciousness. The farm’s spacious grounds are host to a brewery, café, hot spring bathhouse, and more. At the Ham & Weiner Senmonkan, you can watch ham and sausages being made through a glass window. Visitors can learn about food and farming through a variety of classes on hand making foods. At the educational farm area, children can milk cows and ride ponies. There’s also a restaurant which serves fresh vegetables and pork raised on-site.

    This spot serves local farm to table style buffet. I have to say this has to be one of the best buffet lunches I had in a long long while. Selection includes Japanese and western style of savory...

  • Akame 48 Waterfalls
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Roadside Station Ayama
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    3.5
    30 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Igashi Kawai Yakuo 3370-29
    A roadside station located in Oaza Kawai Yakeo, Iga City. The station's restaurant, Sasayuri, serves Iga beef udon noodles and set meals which include sides made with seasonal local vegetables. The Tortarosso bread shop offers a variety of seasonal breads. The farm fresh shop sells local specialty vegetables and fish, while the Glass Bin Shop sells glass products by NSK. The station offers soba noodle making workshops on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, and during the two hour classes attendees will make their own soba noodles from scratch.

    On our way to Kyoto our tour bus stopped here for our special lunch. There is a restaurant at the top, they had a special typical lunch for us waiting this was a great and different experience...

  • Roadside Station Iga
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    3.5
    35 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Home of Matsuo Basho
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenoakasakachou 304
    This is the childhood home of the great poet Matsuo Basho, who lived here until the age of 29. The grounds contain a stone slab inscribed with the haiku Basho composed when he found the umbilical cord his family had kept in this house – “Old village! / Umbilical’s tail at cry / Year’s end.” A building called the Chogetsuken in the garden behind the house is where The Seashell Game poetry anthology was compiled by Basho. The home provides visitors with a glimpse of the life Basho lived in the place here returned to on many occasions after his travels.
  • Basho Memorial Museum
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    3.0
    16 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenomarunouchi 117-13
    This memorial museum in Ueno Park in Iga City is dedicated to the famous poet, Matsuo Basho. With financial aid from Kanbe Mannosuke the museum was opened in 1959. On display in the museum you'll find writings and poems in Basho's own handwriting including his will as well as source materials relating to Japanese renga and haikai poetry. There is also a light up bulletin board that shows the routes of Basho's five journeys. Special exhibitions are held four times a year.

    We enjoyed our visit here. The curator we met was extremely friendly and eager to share about Basho. He took time to personally show us the period clothes Basho would wear and provided hand outs for...

  • Kyusukodo
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenomarunouchi 78-1
    This local domain school was erected in 1821 to educate the children of feudal retainers living in the Iga, Yamato, and Yamashiro areas. The school was established as a branch of Yuzokan, Tsu Domain. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the dedication feudal retainers of the time had towards learning in the exhibition hall and lecture hall, which is floored with 72 tatami mats just as when the school was first built.

    The conference I attended used the Sukodo for the exhibition space for the conference. Very well preserved old residence building complex with very lovely gardens, nice to see a creative reuse...

  • Tennen Onsen Basho no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Mie Pref. Igashi Saimyouji 2756-104
    This hot spring spa is located within the Hill Hotel Sunpia Iga in Saimyoji, Iga City. The all-natural simple alkaline springs are said to help with conditions such as nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint pain, frozen shoulder, bruises, and hemorrhoids. The spa's western-style baths and Japanese-style baths, which rotate between the genders each day, feature outdoor baths, cascading stream baths, medicated baths, whirlpool baths, saunas, and more. The spa is notable for a barrier-free design with no steps between the entrance and the bath tubs. Open to the public, the spa is open in the morning and even offers a morning buffet.
  • Akame-shijuhattaki Camping Ground
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Nabari-shi Akamecho Nagasaka 941-1
    A campground located south of Kintetsu Railway Akameguchi Station on Prefectural Route 567. A clear river flowing from the Akame 48 Waterfalls area, selected for inclusion in a list of the Heisei period's 100 best water areas, flows nearby the campground's tent sites. Here children can come in contact with pristine nature by playing in the river and taking in the forest atmosphere. Another great thing about the campground is its reasonable tent site fees. The campground also offers bungalow lodging; rents out camping and barbecuing equipment; and, depending on the day, holds camp bonfires. The camp is a great place to interact with other campers and create family memories.

    渓流で遊びたいと思って、赤目渓谷に。四国と東京組が、ちょうど合流するのに中間にある。キャンプ場の前を流れる渓流で、子供たちは、魚を追いかけたり、泳いだり目いっぱい遊ぶ。時間を見て、赤目48滝に行って、忍者体験したりもした。キャンプ場は、トイレ等も綺麗。炊事場もOK。又、道具等のレンタルも、そろっているようです。管理人さんも親切。温泉も車で、10分くらいの所にあります。

  • Noten Mokumoku no Yu
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Mie Pref. Igashi Nishiyubune 3609
    An eight-minute drive from the Mibuno Interchange on the Meihan Expressway. This day trip hot spring bathhouse adjoins Iga no Sato Mokumoku Tezukuri Farm. Built on a nature rich mountain slope with the trees and other growth left in place as much as possible, the bathhouse has a beautifully rustic atmosphere and bathers can enjoy facilities such as a hideaway outdoor bath carved out of a huge natural boulder and surrounded by trees. In another of the bathhouse' outdoor baths, bathers can take in the surrounding wilderness as they are caressed by breezes blowing through the trees and soothed by the song of wild birds. The bathhouse makes use of a sodium chloride spring (isotonic/mildly alkaline/low temperature). A free footbath is located on the outside of the bathhouse.

    露天風呂が工夫されていてとても楽しいです。もくもくの中を散歩してお食事をしてお風呂に入ってと1日楽しめます。

  • Sarubino
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Mie Pref. Igashi Kamiawa 2953
    This hot spring facility is in Iga City, Mie Prefecture. It has a large indoor bath with mist sauna and jet baths, as well as a natural hot spring area with outdoor bath. Divided into two areas, the stone bath Sasayuri-no-Yu, and the aromatic wooden Kesan-no-Yu, these alternate daily between men's and women's baths. The water quality is hydrogen carbonate chloride spring, which is said to help treat cuts and burns, and drinking is supposed to help with chronic constipation and digestive diseases.
  • Restaurant ito
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenokuwamachi 2178
    This steak restaurant is located in Iga City, Mie Prefecture. In addition to the generously portioned teppanyaki course featuring meat from Iga, other popular meals are the steak bowl, tonkatsu, curry and rice, and omelet rice. It has the same great taste since it was opened. Many regular customers come from outside the prefecture for lunch as well as our local residents.

    I am a chef with nearly 30 years experience, have my own successful restaurant in Australia and have a Beautiful Japanese wife who loves food, lucky for me! My father in law took us on an outing...

  • Yabutcha
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Mie Pref. Igashi Shimagahara 13680
    This hot spring facility is in Iga City, Mie Prefecture. The constantly replenished “kakenagashi” style water is 100% mineral-rich natural hot spring. The scenic outdoor bath offers a view of Kizugawa River and Shimagahara you can enjoy while you soak. The facility also has a free rest station and restaurant, as well as a souvenir shop where you can buy Iga specialty sweets and local products to take home.
  • 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.
  • Iga Ware Traditional Craft Center (Iga-yaki Dento Sangyo Kaikan)
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Igashi Marubashira 169-2
    Iga Ware Traditional Craft Center in Iga City, Mie Prefecture is an interactive facility for Iga Ware. It features a beautiful vitreous bidoro (vitrified glass) glaze and has been designated as a traditional artifact. Iga Ware Traditional Craft Center, located in the Marubashira area, where there is a particular concentration of potteries in Iga, promotes Iga Ware and trains successors to the craft, holds exhibitions that include historical documents in addition to selling Iga Ware. You can also enjoy hands-on pottery activities such as pottery making using an electric potter’s wheel, hand forming pottery making as well as ceramic painting.

    信楽の産業会館は公園の中に有り、作品も沢山見る事が出来て良かったので、こちらも期待して伺いましたが、こじんまりした体験施設のようで、見学するような所ではなく残念でした。時間がある時に焼物作りを体験するには良いかも。近くの永谷園は賑わっていました。

  • Kogetsudo
    Shopping
    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenonakamachi 3028
    Kogetsudo, located five minutes’ walk from Uenoshi Station on the Iga Railway Line, is a well-established Japanese sweet shop selling decchiyokan (sweet bean cakes using inexpensive ingredients). In a tiny shop with a traditional and retro exterior, there is a range of nostalgic sweets including Iga local sweets. Decchiyokan, the hallmark product, is like a soft sweet bean jelly, and this famous traditional confectionery has long been loved in the Iga region. Decchiyokan, which is moist and smooth with soft texture, is lightly sweetened as it uses traditional ingredients such as agar strip and honkuzu (100% arrowroot) from the Yoshino region. The owner makes them himself every morning.
  • Iga Ware Pottery Nagatanien
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Igashi Marubashira 569
    Iga Ware Pottery Nagatanien is a well-established pottery which has carried on the culture and techniques of Iga Ware since opening in 1832. A climbing kiln with 16 continuous chambers operated until 1970s has been designated as a National Tangible Cultural Property. Taishokan built in the Taisho period (1912-1926) was actually used as an office until the 2000s. It preserves a phone and a safe from those days, and today opens as a place to rest where you can enjoy Taisho Roman (romantic vintage style).

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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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