Travel / Tourism 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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    39 Reviews
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    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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    93 Reviews
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    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

  • Kazahayanosato Kappa no Furusato
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    17 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Tsushi Hekichou 4096
    This flower garden is located in the Ise Onsen Golf Club which is a five-minutedrive from HisaiInterchange on the Ise Expressway. As the first flower garden in Japan to incorporate horticultural welfare, it combines aspects of environment and welfare. From early February to late March, 500 plum trees of 45 types carpet the lawn with their red and white petals, and around Golden Week, the 1800 trellises of nine different types of wisteria tree blossom with their large clusters of flowers. The low rolling hills of the garden make it the largest in Japan, and in June, visitors can take a stroll through the soothing flowery lanscape, which with its 56 different types of 75,000 hydrangea flowers, entertains the eye with endlessly delightful changes of colors.

    老人ホームがあることは知ってましたが、こんなにきれいに整備されている梅林があるんですね。驚きました。また、ゴルフ場内?クラブを持った人たちも手押しキャリーでプレー中でした。結構広いです。コスプレの皆さんも写真撮り合ってました。 天気が良くて、春が近いいい日和でした。

  • Senjuji Temple
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    59 Reviews
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    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...

  • Mie Prefectural Museum (MieMu)
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    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...

  • Louvre Sculpture Museum
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    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

  • Matsusaka City Tourist Information Center
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    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...

  • Former Ozu Seizaemon Residence
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    41 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Matsusaka-shi Honmachi 2195
    Counted among the many wealthy merchants in Matsusaka with stores in Edo, along with Mitsui, Hasegawa and Nagai the high-ranking Ozu family served the Kishu clan as financiers in 1755. Inside the Matsusaka Merchant Museum which opened up as a museum in the former residence of Seizaemon Ozu, there is a man-ryo-bako (literally, a box to store 10,000 ryo) rather than the sen-ryo-bako (literally, a box to store 1,000 ryo) and gives one a sense of the influence of the wealthy Ise merchants who had a shop in Edo.

    This grand merchant house was the home of Ozu family, one of richest merchants in Edo period. You could feel it too small and humble for a richest man though, that is a beautiful traditional style...

  • Saiku Historical Museum
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    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...

  • Suzunoya
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    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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    28 Reviews
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    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...

  • Tsu Kannon (Enichizan Kannonji Temple)
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    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.
  • Roadside Station Chakuraeki
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    3 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Matsusakashi Inanchoukayumi 452-1
    This roadside station is located in Iinan-cho, Matsusaka City, Mie Prefecture. You can feel the warmth of the wood from the log cabin-style walls inside, and it is packed with fresh vegetables, select locally produced green tea, and Ise-cha Iri Udon Chakura Monogatari kneaded with the Iinan-cho specialty, deep-steamed green tea. In addition to stores, there is also a meal space on the first floor where you can have the highly recommended Chakura set and ocha udon (noodles kneaded with green tea). In the cafe space on the second floor, you can relax with a cup of coffee while enjoying the Kushida River below.

    地元のとりたて野菜の品ぞろえっが充実していました。鮮度もよく価格も安い。とくにおいしかったのが「とまと」みずみずしくて味も濃厚。

  • Kitabatake Shrine
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    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Tsushi Misugichoukamitage 1148
    This shrine is located in Kamitage, Misugi-cho, Tsu City, Mie Prefecture. The shrine is located inside the TageKitabatake Castle Ruins. The principle deity of the shrine is KitabatakeAkiyoshi of Ise Province, which prospered as Okuichishi'sTagegosho. It is also a Taiheiki Yukari shrine, and as such, many famous people have visited this shrine over the years. The Kitabatake Castle Ruins Garden inside the shrine is a famous garden of the Muromachi period which combines the traditional Kare Sansui style with the style of having a path around a pond. It is also famous as a spot for viewing the red Autumn leaves. It features illuminations for only a few days each November.

    日本史にはあまり詳しくないのですが、北畠氏とは、このあたりを治めていた戦国大名だそうで、その旧宅近くにある神社です。特に観光スポットというわけではないですが、コンパクトできれいなつくりでした。

  • Kokekokko Republic Mountain Station Yottetei
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    6 Reviews
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    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。

  • Niu Daishi Jinguji Temple
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    8 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Takiguntakichou Nyu 3997
    Nyu Daishi Shinguji Temple is a five-minute drive from the Seiwa-Taki Interchange on the Kisei Expressway. It was founded in 774, and its formal name is said to have been much longer. The main hall, protected by a Niomon gate, where guardian kings Jikokuten and Tamonten stand at the left and right and are venerated, contains a statue of the temple's founder, Kobo Daishi, who is the principal object of worship. Sugatami Pond, located on the temple grounds, is a favorite spot for amateur photographers, who visit to capture images of the carp that swim around in the pond or the pygmy water lilies that cover the water's surface from late June to early July.

    Niu area of the Taki-cho has a long history. This tiny community had provided marcury when the great buddha statue in Nara was constructed in 8th century. This temple has been here even before.

  • Matsusaka Koryu Bussankan
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    16 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Matsusakashi Kyoumachi 301
    This store is adjacent to JR Matsusaka Station. It is known for its wide range of products ranging from food to accessories. They sell Matsusaka beef that they'll ship regionally, famous Matsusaka sweets, local cotton, marine products, and merchandise featuring a local character known as Chachamo. For a shop of its size, it has plenty to choose from and is perfect for your Mie and Matsusaka souvenir shopping. Lots of visitors stop by while waiting for the train, and the parking lot in front of the station makes it easy if you're coming by car.

    This shop is next to Matsusaka station and very close to information center. I stopped by here to buy local specialties like Matsusaka beef. I was told only Singaporean can get and bring back 5 kg...

  • Itsukinomiya Hall for Historical Experience
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    9 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Takigunmeiwachou Saiku 3046-25
    This facility a one-minute walk from Kintetsu Yamada Line's Saiku Station lets visitors experience the various aspects of Japan's Heian Period, including its culture, technologies, games, and more. You can take commemorative photographs wearing an authentic Heian Period ceremonial kimono, and they have plenty of settings for great shots. One of these is a palanquin you can get in like the ones that used to be reserved for the Emperor, Empress, and the shrine maidens of Ise Jingu Shrine. You can also get a feel for the Heian period with games that were popular back then like sugoroku board games, kemari (a sort of kick ball), and kaiawase (a shell matching game). Their exhibitions and activities change throughout the year according to the season, so there are lots of experiences you can only get there.

    いつきのみや歴史体験館を訪れました。入場無料の施設でした。綺麗な建物で、興しに乗ったり、色鮮やかな着物を羽織って記念撮影させてもらえます。貝合わせや昔の双六など、古代の遊びもできたり、無料で楽しめるので、有り難く、楽しいです。

  • Roadside Station Tsu Kawage
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    Mie Pref. Tsushi Kawagechoumiyuki 255-4
    Roadside Station Tsu Kawage opened in 2016 in the town of Kawage, which is considered the gateway to the city of Tsu in Mie Prefecture. It sells a wide variety of carefully selected items, including a section that sells freshly caught fish from Kawage Harbor, Shiratsuka Harbor and Karasu Harbor, and vegetables grown by local farmers, and a section that sells souvenirs of Tsu and locally produced sake. The onsite restaurant, Tsu-no-mono Kitchen serves such specialties such as shirasu (whitefish) Toast, hampen (fish sausage loaf)set meal, and the Tsu-no-mono prix fixe meal, which gives customers a chance to enjoy the day's catch from Ise Bay. On weekdays, customers are offered all the freshly baked bread they can eat.

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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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