Mie 三重

Uji Bridge leading to Ise Grand Shrine in Mie Prefecture

Mie Prefecture is located in the eastern part of the Kansai Region on Japan's main island Honshu. The prefectural capital is Tsu City with a population of about 279,000 people. Japan's most sacred Shinto shrines, the Ise Shrines are found in the prefecture. In 2016, the 42nd G7 summit was held at Kashiko Island in Mie Prefecture.

Things to see in Mie

Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Mie.

  1. Ise Grand Shrine

    Shinto shrine at Ise in the Mie Prefecture

    The Shima Peninsula is located in the southern Mie Prefecture and is the home of the Ise Shrines, the most sacred Shinto shrines in Japan. The Ise Grand Shrine complex is made up of a large number of Shinto shrines centered on two main shrines, the Inner Shrine (Naiku) and Outer Shrine (Geku). The Inner Shrine is said to have first been established over 2000 years ago. And its simple architectural style show almost no influence from the Asian mainland since it predates the introduction of Buddhism in Japan. In accordance to Shinto tradition both the Inner and Outer Shrines are rebuilt every 20 years. The Shrines were latest rebuilt in 2013, with the next planned rebuilding taking place in 2033.

    Inner Shrine at Ise Grand Shrine in Mie Prefecture

    How to get there

    The Inner Shrine
    The Inner Shrine is located outside of Ise and can easiest be reached by riding a bus from either Iseshi or Ujiyamada Station. It is also possible to walk the two kilometers to the Shrine from Isuzugawa Station, taking about 30 minutes.

    The Outer Shrine
    The Outer Shrine is a ten minute walk from the Iseshi or Ujiyamada Stations. Buses also connect the Outer Shrine with the Inner Shrine. The bus ride takes about 15 minutes.

  2. Iga Ninja Museum

    hidden compartment shown at Iga Ninja Museum

    Iga was home to one of Japan's leading ninja schools in the feudal ages, and the small Iga Ninja Museum gives a glimpse in how Iga ninja operated as spies and saboteurs in those times. The museum offers guided tours of a ninja residence and shows how revolving walls hidden doors and compartments were used by ninjas to keep hidden during their espionage missions. The museum also have a large variety of authentic ninja gear and weaponry such as throwing stars. There is also a ninja show where ninja skills and weapons are demonstrated.

    throwing stars on display at Iga Ninja Museum

    How to get there

    The Iga Ninja Museum is located in Ueno Park. Just a short 10 minute walk away from Uenoshi Station.