Exploring MieMu – Mie Prefectural Museum


2014/08/11 Monday Culture and Leisure., Exploring Mie

Image6In Mie, there is a special place that brings together the history, characteristics, culture, traditions and lots of interesting information about Mie Prefecture. You will meet a magical place called MieMu – Mie Prefectural Museum.

The site impresses visitors by the beauty of its modern and striking structure. Let’s get to know the main sections of MieMu.

[Interview with Mrs. Nakamura – MieMu – Mie Prefectural Museum]

This here is the Miezou elephant. Since the first fossil was found in Mie, it was named Miezou. In its scientific name, Stegodon Miensis, it is also included the name of Mie.

It measured 4 meters high to the shoulders and 8 meters long from jawbone to the tail. It was the largest species of elephant that lived in Japan.

In Miemu, it is the first time that this fossil is being exhibited in Japan. Enjoy the opportunity to see it!

Hands-on Chidren’s ExhibitImage3

This is the area of hands-on children’s exhibit. In the section here behind, you can play around looking for various animals and things related to Mie’s culture.

We also offer costumes like this butterfly, for you to use. Come and explore the nature of Mie having fun.
Main Exhibit

This is the area of main exhibit. The theme of this area is the potential of Mie diversity. Thus, Mie owns a cultural diversity and diverse natural areas.

In this section, there are models that visitors can touch, and that were made with wood produced right here in Mie.

Image4Here you can experience the high mountains and deep seas of Mie.

And here pictures and videos from the fascinating diversity of Mie are being presented. So, let’s go to the back side.

As you go in, the first section shows how Mie looked like in the early days of Japanese archipelago.

Here you can observe the exhibits of the dinosaur found in Toba, the Tobaryu, and Miezou Elephant.

Going to the back side, the whole culture and natural diversity is concentrated in this room. Surrounded by nature around, there is a culture and surrounded by this culture, there is a whole history that you can explore.

In this section, the Isemairi is on display, the visit to the temple Isejingu. The Isemairi became famous in the Edo period, and here a reproduction of the season is on display.

In Mie there is the Isejingu temple that received many visitors from all over Japan in Edo period.Image8

Now, watch here. This is a giant model of Onshi Yashiki. The Onshi Yashiki was the dwelling of the priests who worked for the Isejingu temple, who had the function of distributing amulets through Japan or host visitors of the temple.

In this model, you can observe the movement of people on the site. This model reproduces people dancing the Kagura dance, performing matsuris and eating banquets.

The performances were reproduced in detail, and you can observe the joy of Edo period times.

We provide multiple touch panels in the area of ​​main exhibit. There, you can get more information and learn more about each exhibit.

For example, in this section called “Geological birth of Mie”, you can learn more about each type of soil. For example, pressing here, you can see more detail about the Tobaryu dinosaur femur. You can also enlarge the image and view more details.
With this portable handset, you can hear the explanations, which are provided in 5 languages. Inside the showroom, there are places with this brand, where, by approaching the handset, it will begin playing audio explanations.

Special Exhibit

Here is the special exhibit room. The special exhibit room changes exhibits almost monthly. This summer, we will have the Miezou Elephant exhibit.
You may also see other exhibits such as historical or nature related exhibits. Come and visit each time the exhibit changes.

Image7Giant Japanese Salamander Aquarium

This is the giant Japanese salamander aquarium. Through it, you can see a specimen of the giant Japanese salamander, and more detailed explanations. The salamander raised here was nicknamed by all as San-chan. It is a large salamander with 114 cm long. 

Come all to know personally the San-chan.

Museum FieldImage5

Here is the Museum Field. A location with a wonderful view and a beautiful green area. Especially this time of year, in which insects and plants gain more life. 

In this area, you can observe various kinds of living beings. That bank you are seeing, was made ​​with stones from Mie. Within these green forests, you can capture a wide variety of insects.

Come to explore the forest in search for insects.

Visitors who come to Mie Prefectural Museum are impressed by the amount of exposed items and excellent structure available. This museum really worth a visit.

[Interview with teacher from Escola Alegria de Saber]

We were very happy to bring the kids here. It is very good for us to take them out from the school environment, take them out from the books, so, they can actually see, not touch, but they can see up close, see the whole structure here that Mie Museum offers.

It’s cool because it also gives structure for foreigners, the pamphlets are in Portuguese, they provide smartphones for us to listen to the information in Portuguese, so, the students are excited about this visit to the museum, it is very cool.

[Interview with 3 students from school]

The part that, so far, I enjoyed most was the one we had to take off the shoes to go in, where there was a labyrinth we had passed under the water, through paths of ants, for example, I found it pretty cool. The part of the elephant was also pretty cool.

The phone there is there in the labyrinth, under the water, I liked it because it speaks.

I liked this part here that has many cool stuff, and the phone that we put in a place, this right here, it starts speaking about the culture.

Come with your family to visit this museum and have a special day, full of knowledge and culture. Miemu offers an excellent infrastructure to cater foreign residents through pamphlets in five languages ​​and devices that were presented in the video. Let’s visit it?

Museum Guide


Interactive Areas : every day from 9:00 to 19:00
Exhibit area : Weekdays from 9:00 to 17:00. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9:00 to 19:00. Entry allowed until 30 minutes before the closure.
Museum Shop: Same as exhibit area.

Mondays (if  Monday is a holiday, the museum will close on the next day) and the end of year (Dec/29 to Jan/3)

Main exhibit: General 510 yen (400 yen), Students 300 yen (240 yen),
High- school age and below: free
( ) Indicates price for groups

Special exhibit: The price varies depending on the exhibit.
Annual Passport: General 1640 yen, students 1020 yen
* In case of visits from people with special needs, please contact us. You can also consult us in advance.
* In the exhibit area on the 2nd floor you can pay for the special exhibits.


For guests arriving by train

Tsu Station (Kintetsu Nagoya Line, JR Kisei Line, Ise Railway), west exit

Approx. 1 hr from Nagoya via JR or Kintetsu Railway

Approx. 1 hr 30 min from Osaka via Kintetsu Railways

From Tsu Station (west exit)

(Bus) 5 mins via Mie Kotsu Bus Get on a bus bound for the Mie Center for the Arts or Yumegaoka Danchi and get off at “Sogo Bunka Centa Mae” (The Mie Center of Arts)

(Walk) 25 min walk

 For guests arriving by car

10 minutes from the Tsu IC on the Ise Highway

15 minutes from the Geino IC on the Ise Highway



Regarding performed activities on visa facilitation for Brazilians

2014/08/11 Monday Culture and Leisure., Exploring Mie


1. Mie Prefecture Mission visit to São Paulo

Mie Prefecture mission, formed by representatives from industry, education, politics and residents, visited São Paulo in August. During the visit, they received, mainly from local Nikkeis, a strong demand for exemption of Japanese visa for Brazilians.

(Period of visit 16 to August 21, 2013)

2. Activities for the exemption and facilitation for visa conditions

Activities in the prefecture

After this visit, with the relevant authorities’ cooperation, we conducted the proposal to the Japanese government in several ways.

    August 28: Delivery of the proposal letter from the governor of Mie to the Prime Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kishida.

②    October 18: Proposal adopted in the Chubu Region’s Governors Meeting.

    November 8: The governor of Mie, along with mayors of 22 municipalities  which have deep relationships with Brazil, submitted the joint proposal to the authorities: the Minister of Justice Sadakazu Tanigaki, the Committee Chairman of the National Public Safety Commission Keiji Furuya and the Senior Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nobuo Kishi, accompanied by the Governor Kamon Iizumi from Tokushima Prefecture and Governor Keizou Hamada, from Kagawa Prefecture.

    November 8: Proposal adopted at the national conference of governors.

    November 14: The governor of Mie submitted the joint proposal of the 22 municipalities and the joint proposal of Association of Prefectural Governors to Mr. Asou, President of Japan-Brazil Parliamentary League.

Written Opinion presented to the Prefectural Assembly

The suggestion was also accepted during the Prefectural Assembly’s September monthly conference, and Mr. Yamamoto, Chairman of the Prefectural Assembly, and Mr. Nakajima, Chairman of the Brazil-Japan Sub-Commitee of the Mie Prefectural Assembly Comitee for the Promotion of International Exchange, submitted the written opinion to Mr. Mitsuya, Senior Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs. (October 30)