Photo: James Sharpe

Akame 48 Waterfalls: Find yourself on a tranquil hike or go full-on ninja in Mie


The Akame 48 Waterfalls is a valley of numerous falls with a relatively-easy hiking trail running alongside them in Nabari City, Mie. There’s a giant salamander museum at the head of the trail, and a “ninja forest” nearby where you can rent a costume and practice the stealthy art.

Whether you’re looking for some koyo (autumn leaves) action, an unassuming cherry blossom viewing spot, or winter trekking, the area is peaceful in any season.

The falls have an evening light-up during autumn. Photo: JAMES SHARPE

Mie Prefecture, in south-central Japan, has long been a hub for enlightenment and self-reflection. It’s home to Ise Jingu, Japan’s most revered shrine, and part of the sacred Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail. Undeniably, Mie is the place to visit if you need a quiet space to “find yourself,” and the Akame 48 Waterfalls is one of many spots within the prefecture to do so.

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