HDE Advent Calendar Day 20: Introduction of my hometown

Hi, I'm Tommy, I work in sales div.

Let me introduce Mie prefecture, a secret sightseeing spot.

Mie prefecture belongs to Tokai region, and it is located in the south of Nagoya.

On the map, Mie prefecture looks like the katakana letter "ト".

Its population is 1.8 million. Since Tokyo Dome can accommodate 55,000 people,

it only takes about 32 Tokyo Domes to hold every resident of Mie prefecture.

Mie has many popular spots, but it is not well known that they are located in Mie.

This time, I will introduce seven Japanese No.1 titles of Mie, so I hope you will be a fan of Mie.



1. Iga Ninja


photo by Simon Starr


Iga-ryū (伊賀流, "the Iga School") is a most famous school of ninjutsu in Japan.

Hattori Hanzo, the most famous Ninja, was also Iga-ryū.

In Iga, there is still a real Ninja Yashiki and there is a real ninja.

If you go to Iga, you can see a powerful ninja show.



2. Yokkaichi Industrial complex


photo by ot0rip 604

It is one of the leading industrial regions in Japan.

It was famous for the pollution-caused disease "Yokkaichi asthma", but recently it is famous for its beautiful view at night.

People often say it is the most beautiful view in all industrial complex at night.



3. Suzuka Circuit


photo by Michael Elleray

The Suzuka Circuit is the most famous motorsport race track in Japan.

People often say that it is the best race track in the world.

At this place, Formula One's Japan Grand Prix is held.


4. Matsusaka beef


photo by tc_manasan

It is one of the most famous beef in Japan and it is most high-grade beef in Japan.

When you came to Matsusaka, please drop by Wadakin(和田金), the most famous Matsusaka beef restaurant.

By the way, Matsusaka is my birthplace and the birthplace of the Mitsui conglomerate(Zaibatsu).



5. Ise Jinguu (Ise Grand Shrine)


photo by Kentaro Ohno

Ise Jinguu is Japan’s most sacred shrine.

And it is not a single shrine.

A complex of 125 shrines is collectively called Ise Jinguu.

Its area is roughly the same size as Paris.

It is said that it is the best spiritual site in Japan.

Amaterasu-ōmikami, the origin of the imperial family, is enshrined.



6. Ise-Shima (伊勢志摩)


photo by sawa

Ise-Shima is known as a city that has a lot of "Ama".

"Ama" is a professional woman diver who dives without breathing/diving equipment.

They dive to collect kinds of seafood, pearls or etc.

In 2016, the 42nd G7 summit was held there.

7. Owase (尾鷲市)


photo by asa82 

It is the rainiest town in Japan.

The average annual amount of rainfall of Tokyo is 1528.8 mm,

but Owase has a record of 806 mm rainfall in one day.



Finally, I introduce the world heritage in Mie.

Kumano Kodō (熊野古道)


photo by rurinoshima

Kumano Kodō is a pilgrimage road leading to Kumano Sanzan.

Kumano Sanzan has been worshiped since about 2000 years ago.


Onigajyō (鬼ヶ城)


photo by Photocon Japan

Onigajyō is a scenic spot, it is made by land uplift and angry waves of Kumano Sea.




How did you like it?

Have you become interested in Mie?

When you come to Nagoya or Osaka, please extend your visit to Mie.

Thank you.