The Government of Mie set up a booth at Brazil Festival 2014 that was held in Nagoya city, in order to share the fascinating attractions and regional products of Mie. Iga ninjyutsu attracts much interest from foreigners, and, in order to experience that martial art, a person with ninja clothes taught the attendees how to throw the shurikien ninja and who were able to hit the target could win prizes.
Besides having a lot of famous attractions in Japan,the culture and traditions of Mie Prefecture are very interesting. We asked the representative of the department of international tourism Mie about some of the interesting places to visit in the prefecture.
[Interview: Oohira Kazuki – Department of Employment, Economy and Tourism – International Sector]
“The first spot is the “Ise Jingu”. Last year, it was finished the Shikinen Sengu, where they move to a new temple,it is a good opportunity to make wishes so they can be granted. They are Ise Jingu and “Mikimoto Shinju Jima”. When there are distinguished visitors, visit Ise Jingu, go along “Okage Yoko-cho” and get to know Mikimoto Shinju Jima are classic routes, besides being the main sights of Mie.
Coming from the north of the prefecture, you can find the “Jazz Dream Nagashima”, nearby there is the “Nabana no Sato”, where the flowers are gorgeous, beyond the Begonia Garden, they are places we recommend by the lush beauty.
There are other places too, as you can see, today I’m draped in ninja costume, in Iga there is the “Iga-ryu Ninja Hakubutsukan” lately there are many tourists from Southeast Asia as it is something that attracts foreign tourists. In the same city of Iga there is the Iga “Moku Moku Farm” it is a place that we also recommend visiting.
“Magose Touge” is located in the Kumano Kodo, which is right on the border between Kihoku-cho and Owase-shi. This year marks 10 years of Kumano Kodo record as a World Heritage Site, with anticipation to celebrate these 10 years, the emperor of Japan has been here and visited the region along with the governor of Mie Mr Suzuki. The emperor was very pleased with the beauty of the place. This is the place that we most recommend visiting.
There are many other places we’d like to recommend, such as the beautiful view “Ago-wan”. In Mie Prefecture, seafood and products from the mountains are plentiful, so how about spending a quiet day, to take the burden of the day-to-day, taking advantage of the thermal waters, tasting a delicious dinner and having fun?”
Where foreigners can acquire information in other languages?
“At Mie’s torism website there is the place called” Kanko Mie “. In this site, for foreign visitors, there is the “Mie Tourism Guide”, a page in a foreign language. Here we provide information in 14 languages in addition to Japanese, we recommend you to see this website.”
Just to finish, could you leave a message to foreigners?
“As I presented now, in Mie Prefecture there are several interesting places, so come visit the place one or several times with family, with friends, so everyone can increasingly promote our prefecture also abroad.”
Mie Prefecture invites all foreign nationals residing in Japan to know its culture and traditions, and visit the many attractions available. On this site you will also find information about Mie Prefecture, in “Exploring Mie ” section.