Surrounded by the better-known urban centers of Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya, Mie prefecture sometimes gets short shrift, but it has much to offer the intrepid visitor. First of all, there is Ise Shrine which is considered to be the holiest Shinto site in Japan. Then there’s Iga-Ueno, the supposed birthplace of ninjas. The town has embraced its ninja past and very much capitalizes on that for your entertainment. For foodies, Ise lobster and beef from Matsusaka and Iga are deliciously famous. And of course, for motorsport fans, there’s the Suzuka Circuit, home to the Japanese F1 Grand Prix. All that, plus over a 1000 kilometers of picturesque coastline and the World Heritage Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route to explore. Travelers who leave the more crowded tourist routes to experience Mie prefecture are bound to enjoy it!