Mie Prefecture is a rare diamond in the tourist-saturated central region of Japan. If you’re tired of fielding the mob in Kyoto, have had your fair share of waiting in line in Osaka, or don’t want to get bitten on the butt by aggressive deer in Nara, Mie presents the perfect escape from the travel crowds—and a unique opportunity to see a different side of Japan to the one in your guidebook.
With its mysterious misty forests, starry night skies and rolling mountains, the Higashi Kishu area of southern Mie is where you’ll find all of the best parts of the prefecture distilled in one compact and easy-to-visit area. Ever wanted to be “spirited away” or enter "Princess Mononoke’s" world? Mie is your gateway.
- How to get in and around central Japan and Mie Prefecture
- Things to do in Higashi-Kishu, Mie
- Example three-day itinerary for exploring Higashi Kishu, Mie
- What to eat in Mie
- When to go to Mie
- Where to stay in Higashi-Kishu, Mie
- Resources and guides for traveling in Mie
How to get in and around central Japan and Mie Prefecture
One of the quickest and fastest ways to get to central Japan is by air. Flying in, you’ll want to land at the Chubu Centrair International Airport, the aerial transport hub for central Japan which lies just outside of the populous city of Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture.
With 465 flights per week, the airport is home to a bustling network of comings and goings between Asia, Europe, and North America that covers more than 39 cities. There’s a decent amount of shops and restaurants right outside the arrival gate to keep its international passengers satisfied.
If you’re coming from Tokyo, a flight from Haneda Airport to Chubu Centrair International Airport costs ¥7,250 and takes about one hour. International flights direct from Detroit, Helsinki, Frankfurt, and Abu Dhabi mean that you can fly straight into the central region of Japan, too.
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