Spots in Ise / Shima / Toba Area

  • Ise Jingu Naiku
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    4.5
    2744 Reviews
    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.

    We visited this shrine while on a cruise ship excursion from Toba. It is not very far from the port, and definitely worth visiting. Our five-hour excursion from Toba included the Grand Shrine and...

  • Toba Aquarium
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    4.5
    797 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.

    We stayed at an Onsen ryokan nearby, decide to explore the area in random. Drove along the main Pearl road and saw this aquarium adjacent to the large multi storey car park. Tickets reasonably...

  • Meoto Iwa (Husband and Wife Rocks)
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    4.0
    651 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Shima Kanko Hotel
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    4.5
    581 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Shimashi Agochoushinmei 731
    This public space in the Shima Kanko Hotel was the site of the Iseshima Summit (42nd G7 Summit). It's located on a hill with a view of Ago Bay, features large beams and an atrium, and you can view the summit table that was actually used for working lunches. The hotel's Cafe & Wine Bar Lien serves desserts made with seasonal fruit and aromatic Ronnefeldt tea that you can enjoy while gazing at their garden. The afternoon tea set comes recommended. In the evening they serve wine and light fare that goes well with it. Their Teppanyaki Restaurant Yamabuki offers Iseshima seafood and Matsusaka beef cooked on a large grill, a feast for the eyes and palate.

    Was taken here for lunch by a good friend. Amazingly good food and wonderful service. We had multiple courses from lobster soup, to abalone to local steak and delicious desserts. Started with a glass...

  • Sarutahiko Shrine
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    4.0
    408 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...

  • Yokoyama Observatory
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    4.5
    363 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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!

  • Futami Okitama-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    367 Reviews
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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.

  • Ise Sea Paradise
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    4.5
    212 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Iseshi Futamichoue 580
    An aquarium built around the idea of “zero” distance and shaking hands with animals. The aquarium holds frequent events where visitors can meet and touch sea animals like sea lions and spotted seals. During “walrus walk time,” you can take a commemorative photo with a walrus up close. The aquarium is divided into categories like a fish hall, marine mammal plaza, and sea lion hall. There’s also a rest area and shop where you can buy original merchandise.

    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.

  • Shima Marineland
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    4.0
    200 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Shimashi Agochoushinmei 723-1 (Kashikojima)
    An aquarium where visitors can watch animals being fed by ama female divers. The aquarium’s most popular exhibit is its ocean sunfish, which are over three meters in length and weigh several tons. The facility’s largest exhibit, a large, curving tank, contains some 2,500 fish consisting of 50 species, including sharks and Japanese amberjack. The aquarium also has freshwater and rare fish exhibits, including designated Natural Monuments like nekogigi catfish and ayumodoki kissing loaches. The facility also holds special, reservation-only events where participants can view the backstage areas of the aquarium. The aquarium shop sells original merchandise. The aquarium’s restaurant serves Ise-Shima specialties.

    Hidden aquarium in Shima, worth the visit as you cannot see the special fish they have elsewhere ! (and I did Tokyo, brisbane, sydney, creta in greece, sapporo aquariums). So I have many...

  • Akafuku Main Shop
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    4.5
    948 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.

    Oh I miss the red bean soup in Japan. Comforting hot red bean soup with cooling autumn weather is a prefect match. They provide some sour plum to counter the sweetness of the red bean soup. But truly...

  • Shikinen Sengu Memorial Sengu Museum
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    4.5
    200 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...

  • Tsukiyomi-no-miya
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    4.0
    82 Reviews
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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.
  • Satoumi An (Ama Hut Experience)
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    5.0
    77 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.

    On pictures looks better.xa0The food was unfortunately just ok. Staff amazing and welcoming. Very for tourist.

  • Jingu Museum & Agriculture Museum
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    4.0
    58 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...

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hinjitsukan
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    4.5
    61 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...

  • Roadside Station Okuise Odai
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    3.5
    32 Reviews
    Transportation
    Mie Pref. Takigunodaichou 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...

  • Okage-za Shinwa no Yakata
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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。

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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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