If you’re planning to go to Japan, where would you like to visit?
A megacity Tokyo? A cultural delight Osaka? Or a centre of history Kyoto?
But your final destination might be none of them. That is Mie Prefecture.
Mie may not be well known among foreign tourists. However, it is best place to discover Japan’s deep culture.
This article will introduce you five attractions of Mie Prefecture.
Where is Mie？
Mie Prefecture (三重県, Mie-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region of Honshu. The Eastern and Southern parts of Mie face the Pacific Ocean. And the North-west of Mie consists of the Suzuka Mountains.
Since it is geographically close to Nara and Kyoto, Mie also has its long history and still remains the image of ancient days.
Since it’s next to Aichi Prefecture, Mie sticks to Nagoya rather than Osaka on the economic front.
【1】Ise-Jingu: Soul of Japan
If you visit Mie, Ise-Jingu is the must.
It was already popular travel destination for pilgrimage in Edo Period. Since there were lots of people visiting Ise-Jingu from all around Japan, the town developed well.
It enshrines Amaterasu, the goddess of sun, who is also known as the ancestral god of the Imperial family, and Toyouke, the goddess of agriculture and industry. And it used to be the supreme shrine of all shinto shrines in Japan.
Therefore, Ise-Jingu is recognized as the home of the Japanese spirit.
【2】IGA: The Origin of Ninja
What do you know about Ninja?
Iga-ryu is the most famous ninja clans of all ninja. It is said that Iga Region in Mie is the root of ninja.
Due to its mountainous landform and deep forests, ninjas in Iga were good at hit-and-run tactics. Especially Tokugawa shogunate gave them an important position through the Edo period.
Iga-ryu Ninja Museum in Iga City offers authentic ninja experience.
【3】SUZUKA: The Sanctuary of Motor Sports in Japan
Mie Prefecture reminds the Japanese motor fans of Suzuka Circuit.
It is famous for the circuit where Formula 1 Japan Grand Prix is held every year in October. Most big races are held in Suzuka. This is the sanctuary of motor sports in Japan.
It is said Suzuka Circuit is made by God’s hands, so it’s known as the world’s best motor circuit. It also has an amusement park, hotels, and restaurants. Suzuka entertains not only motor fans but also family customers.
【4】The Border of East and West Japan
Since Mie Prefecture is located the center of the Japanese archipelago, you can call it the border of east and west of Japan.
Hokusei Area, northern part of Mie, and Ise Area are especially known as the cultural crossroads of Eastern and Western Japan. It is characterized by its dialect and customs. You can find Western style historical cultures and traditions, and at the same time, Eastern style cutting-edge cultures.
Would you also like to see the cultural fusion of East and West?
【5】The World Heritage: Kumano Kodo
The Kumamo Kodo is a series of ancient pilgrimage routes that crisscross the Kii Peninsula. These sacred trails have been used for the pilgrimage to the sacred site “Kumano Sanzan“.
The “Iseji”, one of the Kumano Kodo routes, links Ise-Jingu with Kumano Shrines. This route had been used when people went to Kumano after visiting Ise-Jingu.
A moss-covered old stone path still exists. You can find the original landscape of Japan along side the street.
We have introduced five appeal of Mie Prefecture so far.
But these examples are just icebergs.
Yes, Mie has much more to offer.
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