Knowing Mie Prefecture

三重を知ろう ようこそ、三重へ

2013/07/24 Wednesday Exploring Mie

turismo mieken

Located in the center of Japan, Mie has prospered as a corridor between eastern and western Japan since ancient times. Blessed with a mild climate and spectacular setting between mountains and the sea, Mie features many sites that reflect the rich historical legacy of the region.

Are you ready for a tour through Mie?

Here is an introduction to some of the highlights of Mie Prefecture.

Please check this out before starting your trip!

Location of Mie


Mie is located roughly in center of Japan, in the Tokai region.

Access is easy from Tokyo, Osaka, or Nagoya, and we are located close to Kyoto and Nara.

Many tourists visit Mie every year.

If you are planning to visit to Kyoto or Nara, why not Mie also?

Please include Mie in your tour plans and visit us.

Climate of Mie:

Mie is on Japan’s Pacific coast and enjoys four distinct seasons. Beaches are popular during the summer days. The rainy season lasts through June and early July. In winter, snow sometimes falls in low-lying areas. Spring and autumn are the best times of the year for travel and tend to be the busiest times for sightseeing.


Mie Tourism Guide, a website for tourism information within Mie Prefecture

You can access the latest tourism information on a website before you depart for Mie.

With the Mie Tourism Guide, you can easily receive necessary tourism information, event schedules, and model sightseeing courses.

We suggest that you open the complete Access Guide and Map of Mie Prefecture located in the back of this brochure as you browse through the tourism information.  The numbers referencing information in the brochure are on the map to assist you in finding the location.


Primavera em Mie

Spring in Mie

Verão em Mie

Summer in Mie

Outono em Mie

Autumn Mie

Inverno em Mie

Winter in Mie




Exploring Mie: Iga Region

2013/07/24 Wednesday Exploring Mie

三重を知ろう: 伊賀

regiao iga de Mie

Birthplace of the Ninja

Surrounded by mountains, Iga formerly prospered as a castle town and is famous as the home of ninja spies. It is also the birthplace of the famous haiku poet Matsuo Basho. There are several historical places and vestiges of the past around the area, some of which still have the mystery and grandeur of bygone days. The mountainous areas in the southern and eastern parts of Iga are set aside as national parks and offer several opportunties to enjoy nature during all four seasons.


1- Ueno Castle (Iga City)
2- Iga-ryu Ninja Museum (Iga City)

Ueno Castle

This castle has the highest stone walls in Japan, approximately 30 meters.  This is a landmark of Ueno City, the central city of the Iga area.  You will command a panoramic view of Ueno City from the third floor of the castle tower.  Ueno Castle and the surrounding area are well known as major cherry blossom viewing spots.

  • 5-minute walk from Ueno-shi Station on the Iga Line

Iga-ryu Ninja Museum

The ninja were spies who worked their trade 400 years ago during Japan’s many years of civil war. Shrouded in mystery and surrounded by legend, the ninja were reputed to be masters of disguise and sundry other skills, including the ability to walk on water and to disappear in the blink of an eye.

Inside the museum ninja residence a female ninja guide provides an introduction to the ninja dwelling and its special features. In the “Ninja Experience” Museum and “Ninja Legend” Museum, visitors can try their hands at using various ninja weapons and learn the truth about ninja and ninjutsu.

  • 5-minute walk from Ueno-shi Station on the Iga Line
3- Iga-ryu Ninja Show (Iga City)
4- Haiseiden – Basho Museum (Haiku Sanctuary) (Iga City)

Iga-ryu Ninja Show

The popular Iga ninja show offers visitors a display of Iga ninja unique skills and techniques. In this show, a ninja group Ashura will perform exciting ninja movements using authentic ninja weapons.

  • 5-minute walk from Ueno-shi Station on the Iga Line

Haiseiden - Basho Museum

Ueno is the birthplace of Japan’s most famous haiku poet, Matsuo Basho (1644-1694). Haiseiden, a memorial to Basho, is an elegant building built in the shape of the poets’ travelling attire in which a statue of the poet is enshrined.

  • 5-minute walk from Ueno-shi Station on the Iga Line
5- Menard Aoyama Resort (Iga City) 6- The Forty-eight Falls of Akame (Nabari City)

Menard Aoyama Resort

Located in the beautiful Aoyama Plateau, this resort offers lodging and sports facilities including a golf course and tennis courts. It also features aromatherapy sessions for relaxation, which incorporate natural fragrances from flowers, trees, and a lavender and herb garden.

  • 30-minute ride on a courtesy bus from Iga-Kambe Station on the Kintetsu Line (reservations necessary)

The Forty-eight Falls of Akame

A series of waterfalls, both graceful and spectacular, cascade through this narrow four-kilometer valley. The area was chosen as one of the best 100 forests in Japan and includes what is considered one of the best 100 water falls in the country. The valley is also home to the Japanese Salamander Center, which has a collection of giant salamanders from around the world.

  • 10-minute ride to the Akamedaki bus stop from Akame-Guchi Station on the Kintetsu Line

7- Shorenji Lake (Nabari City) 8- Old Nabari Town (Nabari City)

Shorenji Lake

Created by a dam in 1970, this lake is surrounded by deep green mountains and features beautiful scenery throughout the year. Along the lakeside are farms and vineyards where visitors can pick strawberries (March 1 to May 30) or harvest grapes (July 20 to October 31).

  • 10-minute ride to the Shorenjiko-mae bus stop from Nabari station on the Kintetsu Line

Old Nabari Town

Nabari is located on the other side the mountain from Yamato, which was the location of the imperial court of ancient Japan.  Influenced by the culture of Yamato, Nabari has prospered as a key junction between east and west in Japan.  As a result, Nabari has many key historical sites; the Mihata Burial Grounds are an especially important cultural asset, of which Nabari is deservedly proud.

  • para chegar ao local, basta uma curta caminhada a partir da estação de Nabari da linha Kintetsu.
9- Cânion de Kaochi-dani / Kaochi-dani Canyon (Cidade de Nabari) 10- Iga-no-Sato Moku-Moku Tezukuri Farm (Iga City)

Kaochi-dani Canyon

This steep valley is famous for its kerrias and azaleas in the spring and crimson leaves in the fall. A river cuts through steep rock cliffs for eight kilometers, creating a spectacular gorge.

  •  25-minute ride to the Momiji-dani bus stop from Nabari Station on the Kintetsu Line

Iga-no-Sato Moku-Moku

Moku Moku is a group of private farms open to public viewing. The produce, beer, and ham made by the farms are regarded highly world-wide. Visitors can enjoy the Barbecue Beer House and mini pig show as well as the wiener and pasta-making workshops.

  • 15-minutes by car from Tsuge Station on the JR Line -25-minutes by car from Ueno-shi Station on the Iga Line

Iga Area Map

mapa - regiao Iga de mie