Nature Abounds (And Ninjas Just Bound) in Japan’s Spiritual Heartland
A cultural wonderland nestled in central Japan, Mie Prefecture with its medley of enchanting historical landmarks and stunning natural vistas is, bar none, the only place for those hard-struck by wanderlust.
With its lofty peaks and stunning coastline, Mie serves up an incomparable offering of walks and hikes for outdoorsy types, like the ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes, and treks through giant salamander territory to the cascading splendor of the Akame 48 Waterfalls. Culture vultures can devour the Ise Jingu complex, where Japan’s sun goddess and most important deity in the Shinto religion is housed, and, also waiting to be devoured are delectable lobster and Mie’s prized melt-in-the-mouth Matsusaka Beef.
Ravishing flora and fauna are transformed with each season in the grounds of the Nagashima Resort, while at night millions of LEDs paint iridescent scenic views. Oh, and Mie is the birthplace of ninjas, fully tooled-up ninjas.
Ise Jingu Shrine (Naiku)
Ise Jingu, consisting of Naiku (inner shrine) and Geku (outer shrine), is one of Shinto's holiest and most important sites in Japan.
Nabana no Sato
Located on the island of Nagashima, the Nabana no Sato theme park features beautiful flower gardens. Winter illuminations, especially the "Tunnel of Light", are also very popular. Admission prices vary.
Akafuku mochi is a traditional Japanese sweet or wagashi that is synonymous with the Ise-Shima area in Mie Prefecture. The delicacy is made from mochi or ground rice combined with fine-textured red bean paste, and its shape features undulating curves which are
Akafuku (Main Store)
Made from Japanese rice and azuki beans cultivated in Hokkaido, the sweets sold here are a regional specialty. Akafuku mochi consists of pounded rice cakes topped with red bean paste and is only sold in Ise City, Mie Prefecture.
Akame 48 Falls
The Akame 48 Falls are a famous, scenic area flowing through Akame-cho in Mie prefecture.
Built in 1962, race track and motorsports venue Suzuka Circuit hosts the annual F1 Grand Prix and other motorsport races.
Okage Yokocho is a small traditional village with replicas of old townhouses now used as shops offering local Ise specialities.
Seaside Hotel Geibousou
Boasting natural hot spring baths with a panoramic Pacific Ocean view, Seaside Hotel Geibousou features Japanese-style rooms, an outdoor swimming pool and a karaoke room. Free Wi-Fi is available in the public area.
Hotel Altia Toba
Featuring a balcony and beautiful ocean views in every room, Hotel Altia Toba provides luxurious accommodations with a European-themed exterior.
Resort Kumano Club
Resort Kumano Club offers indoor/outdoor hot-spring bath, a traditional garden and Japanese-style accommodations. Guests can rent out an entire Japanese-style house or stay in rooms with tatami (woven-straw) seating areas.
Toba Grand Hotel
Boasting open-air hot spring baths and ocean views from all rooms, Toba Grand hotel is located a 5-minue drive from JR/Kintetsu Toba Train Station. Free pick-up shuttles are offered between the station and the hotel.
Just 300 metres from Toba Station, Japanese-style inn Kaigetsu features comfortable rooms and home-made sake wine. The hotel offers public baths, a restaurant and free wi-fi in public areas.
Kashikojima Pearl House
Situated in Shima, 6 km from Shima Spain Village, Kashikojima Pearl House features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Each room includes a flat-screen TV. You will find a kett
Offering an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Todaya is located in Toba. The property is a 3-minute walk from JR Toba station and is a convenient location from where to tour Ise-Shima. Free WiFi access is available.