Spots in Tsu / Matsusaka Area

  • Shitennoji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Tsushi Sakaemachi 1-892
    The oldest temple in Tsu City, it is located in Sakae-machi, Tsu City, Mie Prefecture and said to have been built by Prince Shotoku at the imperial request of Empress Suiko. It originally had larger premises, but the majority of it was burned down during WWII. It includes the grave of Kaokujuei Zenni, Oda Nobunaga's biological mother, the statue of Prince Shotoku, an important cultural property, and the statue of Bhaisajyaguru. There are many valuable cultural properties that remain such as the mountain gate that is a tangible cultural property of the city. In addition, the temple also conducts a Zen experience course where you can get an easy taste of the atmosphere of a Zen temple, and sutra copying.
  • Roadside Station Iitaka-eki
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Transportation
    Mie Pref. Matsusakashi Itakachoumiyamae 177
    A roadside station located in Iitaka-cho, Matsusaka City, Mie Prefecture opened as a local specialty products market in 1990. Facilities include a tourist information center, shop selling local farm-fresh produce and specialty products, cafe only open in the morning, and a restaurant which serves Matsusaka beef. Visitors can also ease away the fatigue of their journey using the station's massage service or the Iitaka no Yu natural hot spring bath house, which has 11 bath varieties, including an outdoor bath and steam bath. Also offering short soba noodle making classes, the station is a destination where families can relax and have fun.

    一つ山向こうの大台-宮川の大杉谷よりはずっとましではあるが、 こちらもここより奈良県側はお店が少ない。 コンビニなどもってのほか。 こちらは重要な拠点となる。 駐車場、お店、温泉一通り揃う。 こちらより20キロ先に姉妹店の波瀬のお店があるが こちらよりはだいぶ小さいね。

  • Gojoban Yashiki
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    4.0
    93 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Matsusakashi Tonomachi 1385
    Gojoban Yashiki is a samurai residence in which the 20 Kishu top-ranking samurai who guarded Matsusaka Castle at the end of the Edo period lived along with their families. An unusual kumiyashiki (residence for low class samurai enrolled in one of the police forces) even across all of Japan, it still remains inhabited by the samurai descendants, and only one part of the residence on the north side of the west building is open to the public. It is located approximately 15 minutes on foot from JR Matsusaka Station.

    A short street with some historical house. Worth to stop by if u stay in the city and you love Japanese stuff. Also, no good for parking

  • Matsusaka Agricultural Park Bell Farm
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    4.0
    60 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Matsusakashi Isederachou 551-3
    You can enjoy the various appearances of flowering trees throughout the year, and purchase fruits and vegetables grown through the hard work of local producers in Matsusaka. The five restaurants each have their own specialties, so you can choose according to the purpose and your mood. In addition, you can also participate in various experiential classes. (advance reservation required) It is located two minutes by car from the Isewangan Expressway Matsusaka Interchange.

    Bell Farm consists of a beautiful rose-garden, several public greenhouses, a farmers market, both indoor and out (the outdoor one is on weekends and holidays, and is weather-dependent), a restaurant...

  • Mie Prefectural Museum (MieMu)
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    4.0
    49 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Tsushi Isshindenkoudubeta 3060
    This museum opened in 2014. To reach it, take a bus for five minutes from the west entrance of Kintetsu, JR, and Ise Railway's Tsu Station and get off at the Sogo Bunka Center Mae stop. It's right there. The museum is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the prefecture. Its main exhibition room depicts Mie's characteristic natural environment around the perimeter of the room, and in the middle presents a comprehensive overview of its people, physical items, and history of cultural exchange. You can also see a fully reconstructed ancient elephant known as the Mie Elephant, consisting of the oldest fossils to be discovered in Mie prefecture. In the back yard there's a reproduction of the Torii Kofun burial mound's stone hut.

    Interesting exhibits from Mie Prefecture. Nice informative exhibits on the geography, culture and history of Mie prefecture. Most of the information is presented in Japanese. They do have a free...

  • Senjuji Temple
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    4.0
    59 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Tsushi Isshindenchou 2819
    Located a five-minute walk from JR Ishinden Station, this is the head temple of the Shinshu Takada sect, one of 10 sects of Pure Land Buddhism, with over 600 temples throughout Japan. On November 28, 2017, Mieido (hall housing sacred images of the sect founder) and Nyoraido (main hall) were designated as Mie Prefecture's first National Treasure buildings. The grounds are twice the size of Tokyo Dome, and it is a huge temple with 11 nationally-designated Important Cultural Properties besides the two National Treasures. There is no admission free, and you can go inside the temple from 6:00 to 15:30. Also famous for its lotuses, you can enjoy the various kinds of lotus flowers that bloom all over the temple grounds and the stunning lotus pond in the summer.

    If you like temples this is one of the best in Japan to visit. It is very large, not crowded and surrounded by a lovely old town. It has many of the old features restored to its original condition...

  • Louvre Sculpture Museum
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Tsushi Hakusanchousada Higashitani 1957
    This sculpture museum is located a five-minute walk from Kintetsu Sakakibara-Onsenguchi Station. It was opened by Takegawa Yujiro in December 1987. The 1,300 sculptures on display are from ancient to modern times, and all of them were brought to Japan from the Louvre Museum in Paris. You can enjoy sculptures from the Louvre while still in Japan. The exhibited works are molded directly from the actual sculptures, so everything from their size to every scar is exactly the same. You can fully appreciate the many famous pieces that line the museum and appear in textbooks.

    The louver museum is an artistic place full of history, it’s the biggest and the most important museum in France, it’s for free on Friday after 6 Pm

  • Saiku Historical Museum
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    4.5
    26 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Takigunmeiwachou Takegawa 503
    This historical museum run by Mie Prefecture is located about a 15-minute walk from Kintetsu Railway's Saiku Station. The place where the museum is built is the site of the palace for the ancient imperial princesses serving at the Ise shrine from ancient times until the period of the northern and southern dynasties (1336-1392). The exhibits are centered on Shinto rituals, history and culture related to the princesses serving at Ise Jingu Shrine. The research results of the townscape at the time based on over 30-year excavation survey of the site are also on display. Special exhibitions and lectures are also held, and among them is a unique one where you can tour an actual site currently being excavated.

    Also very peaceful area to take a walk. People work in the museum are all very friend and eager to share what they got gor visitors. There are several places to go in this area, please dont miss...

  • Tsu Kairaku Park
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    3.5
    43 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Tsushi Koumeichou 147-1
    Tsukairaku Park is just a three-minute walk from Tsu Station on the Kinki Nippon Railway. The second home that Todo Takayukiko, the 11th daimyo of Tsu Clan, built during the late 1850s has been turned into a park that makes use of the effects of the surrounding hills and valleys. The park is a favorite spot for viewing the blossoms of the 1000 or so Yoshino cherry trees that have been planted there, and during the blossom season, from late March to early April, the grounds are lit up with 250 or more standing and hanging paper lanterns, attracting large numbers of visitors. They can also see the purple Korean rhododendrons planted near Mt. Suzuka Ino and Mt. Shibumi.

    I was to take the high speed boat to go to the airport and I had a couple of hours to kill. During the cherry blossom season, this would be a good place to spend an hour just strolling around and...

  • Isshobin (Miyamachi Shop)
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    4.0
    65 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Mie Pref. Matsusakashi Miyamachi 144-5
    This conveyor belt yakiniku barbecue shop is in Miyamachi, Matsusaka City. They purchase whole cows to provide guests with the highest A5 grade Matsusaka beef at reasonable prices, delivered to the table conveyor belt sushi style. Their variety-packed menu has more than 40 kinds of grilled meat, and together with vegetables and desserts, there are over 60 items to choose from. The conveyor belt has a clear cover that always keeps the meat coming down the line cool and outstandingly fresh (you grill it at your table). They cater to families and couples, and provide private booths and counter seating as well, making it a good yakiniku shop if you're traveling alone.

    It was about 10 minutes walk from Matsusaka station. A pity that the famous beef train wasnt operating during lunch time. Casual atmosphere and most diners were locals. Staff however were...

  • Mie Kodomo no Shiro
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Mie Pref. Matsusakashi Tachinochou 1291 Inside Chubu-kai Sports Park
    A large children's play facility located in Chubudai Park, Matsusaka City, Mie Prefecture. Facilities include a play land with a climbing wall and slides; art and science space where children can make crafts and conduct science experiments; hall for events and theater productions; stage space; and planetarium. The facility also holds events like lectures by scientists and Bon festival dances, and there's a light meal corner, making it easy for visitors to enjoy a whole, fun-filled day here.

    プラネタリウムや夜のコンサートなどもあり、季節ごとの催しなども魅力的。 子供と一緒に楽しめます。ボルダリングも」楽しい

  • Wadakin
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    4.0
    173 Reviews
    Shopping
    Mie Matsusaka-shi Nakamachi 1878
    This meat cuisine restaurant, standing on Prefectural Route 60, is located in Naka-machi, Matsusaka City. The longstanding establishment opened in the Meiji period and serves sukiyaki, steaks, and amiyaki grilled foods using Matsusaka beef raised on company-owned farms. The restaurant's sukiyaki, sauteed on an iron skillet over a charcoal fire, has been a signature dish since it first opened its doors, and those who order it can savor the delicious flavor and aroma of Matsusaka beef laced with smooth, high quality fat.

    Booked on their web site and got a confirmation within 1 hour. It is convenient for foreigners. Their staff speak little English. Yet the quality of steaks does the talking. Sukiyaki is also...

  • Suzunoya
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Matsusakashi Tonomachi 1536-7
    Suzunoya is a memorial museum devoted to the great Edo period scholar Motoori Norinaga. It displays handwritten manuscripts, personal items, self-portraits, and other mementos. Motoori was a physician back in the Edo period, as well as a student of Japanese history and a philologist. He is famous for having researched the eighth-century mythological and historical compilation Kojiki and writing a commentary on it, which is known as Kojikiden. He also studied the eleventh-century The Tale of Genji intently and coined the term mono-no-aware, a melancholy awareness of the transience of life. Even the house where Motoori Norinaga lived has been moved and rebuilt inside the memorial museum. This house was called Suzunoya (Bell House), due to the fact that he hung bells in an alcove of his study on the second floor and enjoyed listening to them. Visitors can hear detailed explanations of the exhibits from the guides who are on duty during the day.
  • Motoori Norinaga Museum
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Matsusakashi Tonomachi 1536-7
    The Motoori Norinaga Museum is the former residence (Suzuya) of Motoori Norinaga, a scholar of ancient Japanese literature and culture who lived in the Edo period, and has a collection of approximately 16,000 items that include displays of his Commentary on the Kojiki, handwritten manuscripts, articles that belonged to him, and a self-portrait. Of the entire collection, 467 types and 1,949 items are National Important Properties, and 20 types of 31 items are Prefectural Tangible Cultural Properties. There are many displays and special events, and one can learn about Motoori Norinaga as well as Japanese culture after the latter half of the 18th century. It is approximately 15 minutes on foot from JR Matsusaka Station.

    Motoori Norinaga was a medical doctor in Edo era. He was interested in Japanese old documents and books, especially in Kojiki - Japanese old myth. As Kojiki was written in different way than as...

  • Matsusaka City Tourist Information Center
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    3.5
    29 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Matsusakashi Kyoumachi 507-2
    This pilot site delivers tourism information for Matsusaka City. The landmark for the center is the cylindrical building lined with blue glass windows. The signboard also includes the mascot for Matsusaka City, Chachamo. Many different pamphlets are placed on the counter, and they show attractions in the city. With a luggage storage facility, you can temporarily store large travel bags to freely enjoy sightseeing. They also conduct bicycle rentals for tourists, and have several bicycles with electric power assist.

    The first time I went to Matsusaka by train, I was relieved to see the Matsusaka City Tourist Information Center to my right. Though I had a map, I asked them for directions just to be sure. The...

  • Kahadakyo Onsen Iitaka no Yu
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Mie Pref. Matsusakashi Itakachoumiyamae 177
    This natural day-use hot spring is on the premises of the Roadside Station Iitaka-eki. It's a warm and open facility where the scent of wood follows you wherever you go. Both the outdoor and indoor baths look out on the Kushida River and Iitaka's natural surroundings. While it's a Roadside Station, it has an impressive 11 baths and a soothing atmosphere that both children and adults can relax and enjoy. Their Akayuwa-no-Yu is a wood heated bath that's open to men on odd numbered days and women on even numbered days. Tsubone-no-Yu has a reclining bath and runs on a schedule opposite to Akayuwa-no-Yu. They're closed on Wednesdays.

    露天風呂が綺麗に見える。 底に敷き詰められた白石が映える 水色のお湯。 打たせ湯のお湯はぬるくて良かった。 夏は暑くなる地方だから、冷え湯もあった。 冷え性の自分は遠慮したけどね。 人は多くもなく少なくもなくちょうどいい感じ。 中には大きい湯舟、変わり湯、サウナ、壺湯。 ちょっと多いけど綺麗で良い。

  • Gokatsuraike Furusato Village
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    4.5
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Takiguntakichou Gokatsura 956
    This leisure complex five minutes by car from Seiwataki Interchange makes good use of Mie's rich natural environment. They have a family lodge that's perfect for enjoying the great outdoors. You can stay over, and if you want to have a barbecue, they'll provide all the gear you'll need. It's fun for everyone from kids to adults with fruit picking, a petting zoo, rental canoes, swan boats, and more. Dine on cuisine dished up by future chefs at Mago-no-Mise, the inspiration for the TV drama Kokosei Restaurant, run by students from Oka High School's cooking department.

    Looking for something to do to escape the heat of the lowlands, we decided to revisit the Gokatsura Zoo. We arrived to find the place completely empty. (Friday morning - August 4 2018) There are...

  • Tsu Kannon (Enichizan Kannonji Temple)
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Tsushi Daimon 32-19
    This Shingon Buddhist temple is located approximately a three-minute walk after getting off the Mie Kotsu bus at the Kyoguchitatemachi bus stop from the JR and Kintetsu Railway Tsu Station. Officially named Enichizan Kannonji Temple is one of the three major Kannon temples in Japan, along with theAsakusaKannon inTokyoand Osu-Kannon inNagoya. Having continued to protect the city of Tsu for over 1,300 years since the Nara period (710-794), it was repaired in 1580 by the lord of Tsu Castle, Oda Nobukane. In the adjacent museum, many treasures passed down with a long history are on display, including portraits of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu, Buddhist paintings, crafts and old documents.
  • Kokekokko Republic Mountain Station Yottetei
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Takiguntakichou Nyu 4409
    Located approximately a five-minute drive from the Ise Expressway Seiwataki Interchange, this is the antenna shop of Kokekokko Republic, which has a large chicken signboard as its marker. Reasonably priced because it is a direct sales store, you can purchase and eat safe and fresh cage-free fertilized eggs and chicken meat. In addition to their famous tamago-kake gohan (raw egg over rice bowl) with all-you-can-eat eggs, their set with locally-raised chicken also gets good reviews. They also sell handmade cream puffs, pudding and castella sponge cake using plenty of cage-free fertilized eggs.

    卵食べ放題の卵がけご飯だけなら行かなかったのですが、平日限定の鳥焼肉¥550につられてやってきました。高速道路を見下ろす丘の上、中は煙でもうもうと。「とても硬い」と書かれた親鳥の焼肉はやはり硬く、噛みしめると味があります。味噌だれは好みとは違うので、次回は雛鳥を塩胡椒で食べて見たいです。もちろん、生卵を追加で卵かけご飯にしましたよ。こちらは絶品でした。

  • Shintamatei
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    4.0
    62 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Mie Pref. Tsushi Marunouchiyouseichou 5-1
    Shintamatei is a long-standing restaurant, founded in 1890, that specializes in charcoal-broiled eel. It is located about an 11-minute walk from Tsu-Shinmachi Station on the Kintetsu Nagoya Line. The eel is basted with a traditional sauce made of boiled soy sauce, mirin, and rock sugar that is allowed to sit for a wake before being used. Customers can enjoy broiled eel that is crispy on the outside and soft and light on the inside. The live eels are kept in natural well water, which reduces any stress that might have a negative influence on their flavor. The rice is locally sourced, and the restaurant takes great care to ensure that customers can feel that their food is safe and of high quality. Customers can become members of the Unachan program, which entitles them to occasional e-mail announcements from Shintamatei and hidden menu items that are available to members only.

    平日でもお昼はしばらく待ち時間があるのは、いいことだと思います。 席につき注文いてから30分ほど待ちましたが、本来鰻は注文受けて、さばき焼くのが理想ですから短いほうだと思います。 その時期の鰻にもよりますが、今回はすこし身の薄い鰻でした。津のうなぎ屋さんはちょくちょくお邪魔しますので(月2-3回)、その時のよって鰻が変ります。それ自体は仕入れもあり仕方ないことですが、たれの味と焼き加減はお店の特徴...

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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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