Matsusaka City, based in central Mie prefecture, is located just a few hours south of Nagoya and Kyoto, on the Kii peninsula. For those looking to escape the well-trodden tourist trail, a detour down to Matsusaka can take you on a mini adventure across mountaintop temples, unforgettable hikes, local..
Although not the capital of Mie Prefecture, Yokkaichi City is the most populous city, boasting some 314,393 (2010 census figures). The city of Yokkaichi in Mie Prefecture received it’s name from having been a market town, developed during the Azuchi- Momoyama Period (circa 1568-1603). In those..
If you are interested in Japanese history, live performances, old-style confectionery or contemporary cuisine, Oisesan Confectionary Expo 2017 being held in Ise City of Mie Prefecture is the one-stop shop to satisfy all your Japan-related cravings. W..
Ise-Shima National Park, located on the coast area of Mie Prefecture, is well known for its fresh and tasty seafood cuisine. But, it apparently has some strange elements, too, as I soon found out. This area is blessed with abundant nutrition that fl..
Hachmankamado is a wonderful seaside experience, in which you can eat seafood cooked over an open fire in little huts, as was done in the olden days by ama, or lady pearl divers. Lunch is served by elderly woman dressed like the famous divers. The f..
Ise-Shima is an area already on the itinerary for most visitors to Japan, but it is still surprising how few visitors make it far beyond the prominent Ise Jingu to explore the truly vast number of islands big and small, as well as the coastline bedec..
By Ignatius Koh
Winter season is here and one of Japan's best winter illuminations is Nabana No Sato, in Mie prefecture. Even though the annual illuminations have been ongoing annually for more than ten years, visitors are still mainly from within Japan, and is ..
By Amanda Ho
Illumination events become one of the main attractions in Japan during winter. The sparkling lights decorate the dark sky that comes earlier than other seasons. However, you will get an unusual illumination display in Nabana No Sato Flower Park,..