Mie is home to the world’s first pearl. The center of culture, industry and commerce. There are also Hinotani Mineral and Sakakibara Onsen natural mineral springs, a short distance from the town. There is a Mochi snack filled with strawberries (Ichigo Daifuku) and stuffed with other fruits as souvenirs. It is famous for being the base for Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrines. One of these is the Ise Grand Shrine – a Shinto shrine dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu. This sacred place is widely known as the most significant Shinto shrine in Japan.
Mie City History
Since Ise and Kumano, two major spiritual sites from which Japanese spiritual culture has originated, are situated in Mie Prefecture, Mie has always been closely connected to the central government, and has flourished as a key land and water transportation hub, having a number of main roads and one of the three major ancient ports (known as Nihon Sanshin) of Japan, Anotsu. Consequently, through interactions among different people, goods and ideas, the region has nurtured a rich cultural heritage, which has led to the Prefecture producing many cultural figures, such as Motoori Norinaga, who explored the world view of the Japanese people, and the famous haiku poet Matsuo Basho.
How to get there:
Mie Prefecture by flying to Chubu (Centrair) International Airport or Kansai International Airport. You can reach Mie’s prefectural capital, Tsu, in roughly 45 minutes, or Matsuzaka, famous for Matsusaka beef, in roughly 75 minutes by high-speed boat from Chubu (Centrair) Airport.