Is There Anything to Do in Mie? 三重県でやることなんてあるの?

Yes, of course there is. Who wouldn’t want to see the scenery in that photo? In this post, I’ve collected together a bunch of links to English information (some official, some not) about a few of the things you can see and do here in Mie.

MIE (Overview)

(Map of Mie, Mie Guidebook)




EASTERN MIE (Overview)

Eastern Mie: Ise

Eastern Mie: Toba


Didn’t I Just See Mie in the News?

Probably. The region has been a major tourist destination for centuries now (one of the country’s most sacred sites is located here). However, there’s been a particularly large amount of big stuff going on here lately. Last year we had the G7 Summit in Mie and it was the 70th anniversary of the Ise-Shima National Park. This year Ise hosted the 27th National Confectionary Exhibition 第27回全国菓子大博覧会. A lot of effort has been put into making the region even more accessible and welcoming to visitors from other countries, so this would be a great time to come for a visit if you are headed to Japan.

Why This Page?

I’m a historian teaching in Mie at Kōgakkan University 皇学館大学 and, besides being on the board of directors for a center connected with the “Old Road of Kumano” World Heritage Site 熊野古道センター, I’ve recently been involved as an advisor for some activities to help improve the Ise-Shima National Park 伊勢志摩国立公園 — part of Japan’s “Step Up” program that aims to “support the future of Japan through tourism.”

Naturally, the subject of tourism often comes up in discussions about the park, and it occurred to me that there’s a lot of information in English out there these days, but it’s not so easy to wade through, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area. The English isn’t always perfect, and I don’t necessarily agree with all of the content, but there are a lot of different perspectives out there, and I think you can get a sense from it that people here are eager to welcome visitors.

Why Me?

At one of the meetings for the park the other day, I suggested that someone ought to pull together all of the English information into a single location. Though it started out as a quick comment made to a few people (according to faculty and students at school, it was broadcast later that evening on television), I feel like I can’t be all talk, and I need to back up what I said with a little bit of my effort.

Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone with more time and skill does something official later, but maybe this will get the ball rolling — the photo at the top of this post, for example, is from a nice Instagram account started for the Ise-Shima National Park.