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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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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
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. 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
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours 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
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders 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
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life 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

Art & Design

Mie Prefectural Art Museum 三重県立美術館

Take a pleasant outing for art away from Japan's big cities

Art connoisseurs who happen to pass through or stay in Tsu will certainly want to pop by the Mie Prefectural Art Museum to appreciate works by local Japanese artists, along with pieces by renowned French and Spanish masters.

Don't Miss

  • Sculptures and other pieces in the Yanagihara Yoshitatsu Memorial Hall
  • Fine works by famed European artists

How to Get There

The museum has a convenient location just 10 minutes on foot west from Tsu Station, which is in the central part of the city.

To reach Tsu Station, travelers coming from central Nagoya can take the Limited Express from Nagoya Kintetsu Station for 50 minutes or the JR Kisei Line from Nagoya Station for 55 minutes. If you're coming from Osaka, you can take the Kintetsu Line from Osaka Namba Station to reach the city in about 90 minutes. The local Ise Railway also serves the city. If you're coming straight from Chubu International Airport outside Nagoya, then the fastest access is a high-speed boat that will get you to the Tsu area in 45 minutes.

A collection offering insights into both Eastern and Western art

There are oil paintings, watercolors, bronze sculptures, and more to be found at the Mie Prefectural Art Museum. You might be surprised to know that pieces by such famous artists as Monet, Renoir, and Dali are also on display out here in Tsu.

Artworks and documents

More specifically, you'll find works from the 17th century onward by artists who were from Mie or had ties to the prefecture. There are also oil paintings from the late-19th century and later by Japanese artists and those who had a significant influence on modern Japanese art. The artworks and documents teach us the manner by which important artists went about their creative enterprises.

A memorial hall

A memorial hall is dedicated to Yanagihara Yoshitatsu, a prominent Japanese sculpter in the years after World War II. This special exhibition features bronze sculptures, plaster casts, and drawings by the artist.

And of course there are pieces by respected masters from Europe. The works by the Spanish artists are here thanks to the sister state relationship Mie formed with the Valencia region of Spain.

A sneak peak before your visit

If you're looking for something in particular, the museum's website has a searchable database where you can find descriptions of the pieces and, in many cases, images.

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