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.
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.
These gooey rice cakes topped with sweet beans are a dessert traditionally enjoyed by worshippers en route to Ise-jin...
One of Japans most prized foods, Ise ebi is the name of a spiny lobster caught in the warm, shallow waters of Ise Bay...
Famous for its fat noodles with their soft, chewy texture, Ise udon is tossed in a mixture of soy sauce, bonito flake...
A large wooden bowl filled with sushi rice and raw tuna marinated in soy sauce, topped with thinly sliced perilla lea...
One of the most sought-after varieties of beef in Japan. This particular breed of cattle is prized for its high fat-t...
Iga Hand-Braided Cords
Through the centuries, patterned silk cords have adorned everything from religious paraphernalia to court formal wear...
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.
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 is a time for fall festivals and the the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
Frozen waterfalls, winter illuminations, plum trees and New Year visits to Ise-jingu Shrine are the major elements of winter in Mie.