Boasting a 1,000-kilometre-long stretch of Pacific coastline and home to some of Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrines, Mie Prefecture lies within the Kansai region of Honshu. It has been inhabited for at least 10,000 years, with the historic city of Tsu now serving as its capital.
Things to do in Mie Prefecture
Whether you want to experience the natural beauty of Ise-Shima National Park or learn about the lives of ninjas, Mie Prefecture feels well off-the-beaten-track.
Visit the Ise Grand Shrine. Dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu, this magnificent Shinto complex was established in the 4th century BC and lies within Ise-Shima National Park. It comprises the Inner Shrine and Outer Shrine, which are around an hour’s walk from one another and are rebuilt every 20 years as part of an ancient Shinto tradition. Be sure to step across the Uji-bashi Bridge, which connects heaven and earth before washing your hands in the Isuzu River.
Explore the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum. Nestled in a forested setting in the city of Iga is a famous ninja school where you can learn about the daily life of its students and the history of ninjas. The museum’s collection includes ancient weapons and manuscripts, as well as displays illustrating the techniques used. A highlight of any visit is attending one of the ninja shows and learning to throw ninja weapons.
Experience the floral displays of Nabana no Sato. Nabana no Sato is Japan's largest floral theme park and features beautifully landscaped beds that change with the seasons. It’s particularly famed for its illuminations during the winter months, as well as igniting with cherry and plum blossoms during the spring. Admire the colourful begonias on display in the glasshouse before soaking up the views from the Island Fuji observation deck.
Getting around Mie Prefecture
Chubu Centrair International Airport is the main aviation gateway to Mie Prefecture, with ferries connecting from the airport to Tsu-Nagisamachi port. Shinkansen bullet trains travel from destinations across Japan to the Nagoya railway station, from where regional services continue to towns and cities across Mie Prefecture.