Mie

Complex geographical feature that cultures pearls. Harmony of the tradition and the modernity.

Mie is situated in the center of the Honshu Island (the mainland of Japan), in the eastern part of the Kii-hanto Peninsula that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. It is narrow and spreads north to south. Its complex geographical features create a variety of climates.

The southern coastline is an irregular and rugged saw-toothed coast. The eastern coastline is designated as the Ise-Shima National Park, and is famous for cultured pearls, oysters and Ise lobsters made possible by the complex geographical features. The area where designated as the Natural Park is more than one-third of the area of the entire prefecture, and is the second largest park area. There are Uga Valley in the Suzuka Quasi-National Park, Doro Valley, Akame Shiju-hattaki (forty-eight) Falls and many other scenic spots.

The Ise-jingu Shrine, which has been cherished with a nickname “Oise-san” is also called simply “Jungu (the Shrine)”. It enshrines the sun goddess Amaterasu O-mikami. Over 6 million worshippers visit here each year. There are also Iga Ninja Museum that exhibits the articles of the Iga Ninja spies who transformed the mountaineering asceticism into developed Ninjutsu and handed it down to generations, Shima Spain Mura, a theme park dedicated to Spain, and the Suzuka Circuit famous for F1 Grand Prix races. Mie is a home for the tradition and the modernity, and welcomes a ceaseless flow of visitors.

Getting to Mie

Take JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line for 1 hour and 40 minutes from Tokyo Station or 55 minutes from Osaka Station to Nagoya Station, then take JR Kansai Main Line or Ise Tetsudo for 58 minutes to Tsu Station.