[Exploring Mie] Festivals in Northern Area


2014/04/04 Friday Exploring Mie

Festivals in Mie

Within Mie Prefecture remain longstanding traditions and customs,
and glamorous dancing that highlight each season.
Festivals that borrow heavily from local traditions are held in all parts of Mie Prefecture, throughout the year.

Festivals in Mie - Mie MatsuriFestivals in Northern Area

Tado Festival (Kuwana City)
April 4th and 5th

The Tado Festival is held at Tado-Taisha Shrine to perform the most renowned Horseback Climbing Ceremony in order to beseech the gods for a good harvest during the year. Young boys dressed as warriors climb up an extremely steep slope approximately 3 meters high while on horseback.
■ 5-minute bus ride to the Tado-Taisha Mae bus stop from Tado Station on the Yoro Railway.

Inabe Shrine Taisha Festival (Toin Town)
Beginning of April

It is said that this festival was started to raise the morale of young people. Various ceremonies are dedicated to this, including Yabusame (archers clad in the hunting outfit of medieval warriors shoot at three targets as they race by on horseback) and a horseback climbing ceremony.

■ 15-minute walk from Toin Station on the Hokusei Line of Sangi Railway

Sekijuku Summer Festival (Kameyama City)
End of July

During the day, a miniature shrine is drawn through Sekijuku (Seki Town), and four floats are paraded during the night. Seki was a town for travelers on the old Tokaido Road, which once flourished in the Edo Era (1603–1867).

■ 5-minute walk from Seki Station on the JR Line

Grand Yokkaichi Festival (Yokkaichi City)
Beginning of August

Various events and traditional events such as traditional dancing are performed in Yokkaichi City.

■ 10-minute walk from Yokkaichi Station on the JR or Kintetsu lines

Ishitori Festival (Kuwana City)
Beginning of August

This is one of the strangest Japanese festivals, called “the noisiest festival in Japan.” Over thirty floats continue ringing bells and beating drums for three consecutive nights. This is an extremely vigorous and unique festival! It has been designated as a prefectural intangible folk cultural asset.

■ 20-minute walk from Kuwana Station on the JR or Kintetsu lines

Souhei Festival (Komono Town)
Beginning of October

Tado Matsuri - Kuwana

Souhei Matsuri – Kuwana

Souhei Festival is an autumnal festival held among the brilliantly colored leaves of fall in the Yunoyama hot springs area and Gozaisho Ropeway.
■ 20-minute walk from the Yunoyama-onsen bus stop after a 10-minute ride from Yunoyama Onsen Station on the Kintetsu Line

Ise Grand Divine Music Performance (Kuwana City)
End of December

This is a shrine ritual of dancing while wearing lion masks for the purpose of exorcising evil spirits. Professional dancers who perform all over Japan gather in the Masuda Shrine at the end of December to perform these gorgeous dancing rituals.

■ 5-minute walk after a ride to the Tayu bus stop from Kuwana Station on the JR or Kintetsu lines

Suzuka Balloon Festival (Suzuka City)
Middle of September

The festival has more than 20 years of history. Hosting the Hot Air Balloon Honda Grand Prix, it is one of the biggest balloon festivals in Japan and invites top balloon pilots from across Japan.
■ Near Kasado Station on the JR Line

Exploring Mie: Hot springs in Mie

2014/04/04 Friday Exploring Mie


Hot springs in Mie

Please ease your mind in our healing hot springs.

A hot springs village surrounded by mountain scenery…an open-air bath viewing the sea…

Hot springs for healing your soul are everywhere in Mie, blessed by the abundance of nature.


Hot springs in Northern Area

Yunoyama onsen

Yunoyama onsen

Onsen Suzuka Circuit

Suzuka Circuit Onsen

Yunoyama hot springs are located at the foot of Mt. Gozaisho. Please enjoy the hot springs and relax with nature.

At Nagashima hot springs and Suzuka Circuit hot springs, you can enjoy the amusement park first, and then ease your body in the healing waters of the hot springs.

1 –  Nagashima hot springs (Kuwana City)
2 –  Yunoyama hot springs (Komono Town)
3 –  Suzuka Circuit hot springs (Suzuka City)


Hot springs in Central Area

Sakakibara Onsen

Sakakibara Onsen

Hinotani Onsen

Hinotani Onsen

Hot springs in the central area, such as the Sakakibara and Hinotani hot springs, are surrounded by a natural mountain setting. Please relax in these hot springs richly endowed by nature and enjoy each of the four
seasons in Japan.

4 –  Sakakibara hot springs (Tsu City)
5 –  Hinotani hot springs (Tsu City)




Hot springs in Ise-Shima Area

Shima Onsen

Shima Onsen

The most attractive points of hot springs in the Ise-Shima area are open-air baths with a gorgeous view of the sea.

Open-air baths are available at most accommodations in both the Toba and Shima areas.

6 –  Hot spring inns in Toba City (Toba City)
7 –  Shima Hot Spring Village (Shima City)

Hot springs in Iga Area

Akame Onsen

Akame Onsen

Akame hot springs are located nearby a famous waterfall, Akame Shijuhattaki Falls Ravine. Kaochidani hot springs will also provide you with the beautiful scenery of the ravine.
You can enjoy hot springs together with beautiful views of Japan here in Iga.

8 –  Akame hot springs (Nabari City)
8 –  Kaochidani hot springs (Nabari City)



Hot springs in the Higashi-Kishu Area

Yunokuchi Onsen

Yunokuchi Onsen

There are several hot springs in the deep, natural setting of Kumano.

If you would like to soak yourself in hot springs and nurse your soul back to balance, we recommend the hot springs here in Higashi-Kishu.

9 - Arikuji hot springs / Kanoyu hot springs / Furusato hot springs (Kihoku-cho)
10 –  Atashika hot springs / Kumano hot springs (Kumano City)
11 - Yunokuchi hot springs / Iruka hot springs (Kumano City)




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