The birthplace of national poet Basho Matsuo, home of one of Japan’s oldest and most sacred shrines, and part of the ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, Mie is Japan’s secret storybook.
Mie is situated in the center of Japan’s main island Honshu, on the Kii-hanto peninsula facing the Pacific Ocean. More than one third of the prefecture is made up of national parks; its craggy mountains, misty forests, and waterfalls were ideal for ninja training which you can still experience today in Akame and nearby Iga.
Iga (commonly referred to as Iga Ueno) also has a number of memorials dedicated to the poet Basho, including a museum and his birth house maintained in its original state.
Ise Jingu (Ise Grand Shrine) is by far Mie’s most famous attraction, encompassing nearly one-fifth of the picturesque coastal city of Ise. It’s an important temple complex to see and experience, dating back to the 3rd century.
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