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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan. Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan.
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare. An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare.
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife. Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife.
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan. Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan.
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara. The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara.
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower. Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower.
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving. Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving.
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky. The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky.
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

TOKAI Mie Home of the ninja and Japan's most sacred shrine

Mie has religious monuments, ninja-related activities and family-friendly amusements away from the big city

Ise-jingu Shrine, the most sacred shrine in the Shinto religion, is located in Mie Prefecture. However, Mie is much more than a religious retreat. Iga Ueno and its environs has ninja exhibits and shops, while Shichiri Mihama Beach is home to sea turtles and an annual fireworks festival. Family options include Nagashima Spa Land amusement park and Toba Aquarium. Mie is the home of Matsusaka beef, one of the most famous and well-marbled varieties of wagyu.

How to Get There

Access the area by the JR and Kintetsu Railway from Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka. There are many bus and high-speed ferry connections to various points in Mie from Chubu Centrair International airport.

Many of the attractions in and around Ise, Tsu and Matsusaka are within an hour of Nagoya and about 90 minutes from Kyoto or Osaka. If you're coming from Tokyo, you can transfer to a local train or bus at Nagoya Station. Nagoya Station is less than two hours from Tokyo Station on the Tokaido Shinkansen.

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    The atmospheric environment of Ise-jingu Shrine
    Ninja exhibits, shows, workshops and more in and around Iga Ueno
    Sea turtles, power stones and pilgrimage trails along Shichiri Mihama Beach
    The excitement of the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka every October

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  • Spring

    Warm and comfortable weather makes spring an ideal time to visit Mie's theme parks and outdoor attractions. Other highlights include the Iga Ueno Ninja Festa and the cherry blossoms.

  • Summer

    Mie's beaches have more going on that just sea and sand. An annual firework display is held in august and sea turtles lay their eggs there.

  • Autumn

    Autumn is a time for fall festivals and the the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

  • Winter

    Frozen waterfalls, winter illuminations, plum trees and New Year visits to Ise-jingu Shrine are the major elements of winter in Mie.