Spots in Ise / Shima / Toba Area

  • Toba Aquarium
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    4.5
    807 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Tobashi Toba 3-3-6
    Located in Toba City, this is Japan’s largest aquarium. Appropriate of its catch phrase “Japan’s largest number of species bred” the aquarium is home to approximately 1,200 species of animals. The aquarium has 12 zones that come close to natural environments, and one characteristic is that there is no prescribed viewing route. The aquarium has Japan’s only dugong, a sea creature which served as a model for the mermaid legends, and along with the manatees is a popular animal to see. Moreover, the museum not only features aquatic animals but also displays animals that live close to water such as capybara. The humorous show featuring sea lions and walruses is a must-see.

    Toba aquarium is a nice attraction with the animals generally seeming well looked after. Visiting on a rainy day it was quite busy inside, but the spaces inside were large enough that it did not feel...

  • Ise Jingu Naiku
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Futami Okitama-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    373 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    Several shrines along the walkway that clings to the cliff side. Dedicated to Mikestu the Shinto goddess of marriage harmony. Many statue frogs to pat for a wish. And the fascinating folklore story...

  • Sarutahiko Shrine
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    4.0
    413 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Ise Sea Paradise
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    4.5
    213 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Iseshi Futamichoue 580
    This aquarium was designed around the concepts of creating a sense of zero distance between visitors and animals, and making contact through handshakes. The aquarium holds a diverse array of events which allow visitors to play with seals lions, spotted seals, and other marine animals. During walrus walk time, visitors can also take a commemorative photo up close with a walrus. The aquarium is divided into different themed areas, including a fish hall, marine mammal square, and sea lion hall. In July 2020, a new dedicated seahorse exhibit and cafe-themed UOASIS exhibited were added.

    The aquarium is nothing special, but you have the chance to touch walruses, play ball with dolphins, shake hands with the otter and watch some shows. It is a nice place to get close to the animals.

  • Pearl Road Toba Observatory
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    4.0
    157 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Ise Jingu Geku
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Akafuku Main Shop
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    4.5
    956 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujinakanokirichou 26
    With a long history since its founding in 1707, it has an Ise-like gabled roof and a large signboard with gold lettering as its marker, and is open from 5:00 a.m. in accordance with the start of shrine visits. You can enjoy a set with akafuku mochi (pounded rice cake coated with red bean paste) and Japanese green tea, and akafuku zenzai (sweet bean soup with toasted mochi rice cake) at the main branch’s cafe. They also add “akafuku-gori” shaved ice to the menu during the summer. It is located approximately six minutes by car from the Ise Expressway Ise Interchange.

    This shop is a very old shop in the shopping street. It has lots of customers so you might have to queue to get a space. Price is really reasonable to get two pieces of akafuku mochi which is mochi...

  • Shikinen Sengu Memorial Sengu Museum
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    4.5
    202 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Ninja Kingdom Ise
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    3.0
    130 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Ise-shi Futamicho Mitsu 1201-1
    This historical theme park features a full-scale reproduction of Azuchi Castle. Make sure to try the popular Ninja Forest Adventure, a 1000 meter-long tree trekking course that participants can tackle while wearing a ninja outfit! Passports include access to a variety of attractions including intense ninja shows, oiran theater performances, and great hot springs to relax at. Don’t forget to take photos with the ninjas and Nyan-mage!

    We had a lot of fun here. Not as good as Nikko Edo Wonderland but still really fun. We highly recommend the Role Play. You sign up fro this when you get your ticket. This was fun for the kids and the...

  • Satoumi An (Ama Hut Experience)
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    5.0
    127 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Shimashi Shimachoukoshika 2279
    This sightseeing facility located in Shima Town, Shima City, Mie Prefecture allows visitors to experience a moment inside an ama hut, a place where the ama (female divers) would warm up for diving or relax after their dives. You can sit around the hearth and enjoy local seafood while listening to tales of the sea shared by current working divers and former divers. In addition to seafood harvested in the nearby ocean such as Ise-ebi spiny lobster, abalone, and turban shellfish, visitors can also try Tekone Sushi which is a local specialty of the Shima region. Advance reservation is required and applications are accepted for three or more adults.

    Besides the delicious fresh seafood you will have a wonderful time hearing about the life of the Ama. We truly had the best afternoon here asking questions and hearing stories of the Ama. I highly...

  • Tsukiyomi-no-miya
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    4.0
    86 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Okage Yokocho
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Goza-shirahama Beach
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    4.5
    50 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Shimashi Shimachougoza
    A shallow and calm white sand beach. In summer, the beach area is dotted with lovely parasols. The beach is located inside Ise-Shima National Park. Goza-shirahama Beach has been as one of the 100 most enjoyable beaches in the country, as well as one of Japan’s top 88 beaches. Each of the clubhouses operating at the beach has shower and changing facilities. There is also a motor home camp ground and clubhouse nearby.

    Marvellous and quiet beach, surrounded by a nice environment, white and bland sand and not so could water, even though I had a bath on november...

  • Hinjitsukan
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    4.5
    64 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Tomoyama Park
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Shimashi Daiouchounakiri 2199
    This park is located in the Mt. Tomoyama of Daio Town, Shima City, Mie Prefecture. You can enjoy a wonderful view of the Ago Bay here. There’s a visitors’ center, an open lawn, three observatories, a camping area, and a lodging facility that can accommodate up to 100 people. You’ll also find a multi-purpose gym, a tennis court, and other such amenities. You can go for a stroll along the approximately 2.5-kilometer walkway and gaze at the coastline and scenery, too. Summer brings with it pool activities and swimming at Jiro Rokuro Beach.

    was last here in 2014. Panoramic view of the south Ago bay. lucky to have blue sky and blue sea with floating pearl farms here and there. quite some photographers came here to take sunset views.

  • Shima Spain Village
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Shimashi Isobechousakazaki
    This is a mixed-use resort facility in Shima City, comprised of three facilities including the main Parque Espana theme park, Hotel Shima Spain Mura and the natural onsen Himawari-no-Yu. Parque Espana features a beautiful Spanish village, and includes not only a flamenco show and a Spanish restaurant, but also many different attractions. Himawari-no-Yu is known for its rotemburo (open-air bath) overlooking the ocean and is a popular spot to ease the day’s fatigue while gazing out at the setting sun.
  • Roadside Station Okuise O-dai
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    3.5
    34 Reviews
    Transportation
    Mie Taki-gun Odaicho Sawara 663-1
    Located approximately a three-minute drive from the Ise Expressway Omiyaodai Interchange, this roadside station sells specialty products unique to Oku Ise centered on seasonal vegetables. The cafeteria has many kinds of noodles and set meal items, and the daily lunch item filled with handmade side dishes using seasonal vegetables is especially popular. There are many recommended items, four kinds of local burger using plenty of specialty products, such as venison, sweetfish, green tea, wasabi and shiitake mushrooms harvested in Odai-cho, Uchiyama Ranch soft-serve ice cream, and old-fashioned handmade mochi rice cakes including naisho-mochi and pocchari-mochi.

    For those who dont know what a michi no eki (道の駅) is, its just a place that sells local produce and products and well as attempts to give information about the area. They run the gamut from tiny...

  • Jingu Museum & Agriculture Museum
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    4.0
    60 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Roadside Station Okuise Kitsutsukikan
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    3.5
    34 Reviews
    Transportation
    Mie Pref. Wataraiguntaikichou Takihara 870-37
    This roadside station is located approximately a five-minute drive from the Kisei Expressway Omiyaodai Interchange. It holds exhibition sales of woodcrafts and creative classes. In the woodworking corner filled with many products, there are wooden toys and household items people of all ages can enjoy, and among them are unusual carved wooden owls with small owls inside, and other old-fashioned goods and novelties. You can eat Matsusakaju (Matsusaka beef rice bowl) and Momijidon (rice bowl topped with venison hunted locally) at the eatery Kitsutsuki Chaya, and local vegetables such as takihara-imo (mountain yams), Ouchiyama dairy products and low-calorie lavender ice cream are popular with women.

    滝原宮という大きな神社のすぐ近くの道の駅。木つつきという名前のごとく、木製の商品を多く取り揃えているようです。野菜や地の名産品も多く売っていますがお酒類は見つかりませんでした。ちなみにゴートゥートラベルクーポンに対応しているようでした。

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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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