Hatsuuma Festival is held at Matsuokannon-ji on March 7 (Tus) and 8 (Wed). From ancient times, it does not matter unlucky year, there is a custom to visit Kannon on the day of ...
Mie prefecture roughly locate center of Japan and close to Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya.
From the ancient era, Mie was called "Umashikuni (means beautiful country)" since there is rich nature,
historic culture and products from mountains and sea.
There are a lot of spots we proud such as hometown of Japanese's mind, Ise Jingu, top of all 80,000 shrines in Japan. Origin land of Iga Ninja also birthplace of Basho Mtasuo, Iga Ueno. Suzuka Racing circuit where Formula 1 Japan GP is held．World heritage KumanoKodo, Aoyama Kogen resort with panoramic view of Ise Bay. Mecca of mountain worship Forty-Eight Waterfalls of Akame, Ago bay with Rias coastline, Meoto Iwa in Futamiura, Tokaido Sekijuku where townscape of Edo era preserved.
There are also many leisure spots. Nagashima Spa Land is the biggest leisure land in western Japan, Nabana no sato, Shima Spanish Village, Toba aquarium, Mikimoto Pearl Island with performance of Ama, fisherwoman.
Not only famous Matsuzaka beef, pearl and Ise shrimp, also Ise tea, Ise hijiki seaweed, Matoya oyster, Iga-yaki and Iga beef are special products of Mie brand.
Recommended place to satisfy foreigner especially who are interested in history, folklore and Japanese culture with historic sites from Jomon era, historic town and festivals from both ancient and middle age or mysteric locations.