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The nostalgic Okage-yokocho is a recreation of Edo and Meiji era commercial quarters. Lining the streets are branches of long-established local shops and restaurants serving local cuisine. The Okage-za Museum, which displays exhibits about ancient Japanese mythology, is also a recommended attraction.
Web https://www.okageyokocho.co.jp/english/englishA.html Access From UJIYAMADA Sta., take the Mie Kotsu Bus to Jingu-kaikan-mae bus stop, then an approx. 1-min walk.
Streets and buildings that used to be located in this region have been replicated. This shopping street is home to stores selling food from the sea and mountains, well-established food products and specialties of the Ise-Shima area; just viewing the colorful streets is enough to pick up your mood.
Ise Jingu(Naiku) (Inner Shrine)
Crossing the Ujibashi Bridge, you hear the sound of gravel under your shoes echoing through the Japanese cedar trees, creating a sacred atmosphere. Naiku, one of the two main shrines of Ise Jingu, which was founded approximately 2,000 years ago at the side of the Isuzu River flowing through the primeval forest, is located amidst the solemn atmosphere. It is dedicated to Amaterasu-Omikami. The Sengu Ceremony held every 20 years, in which buildings are rebuilt and the deity transferred, has been carried out for more than 1,300 years, up until the present day.
Web http://www.isejingu.or.jp/en/about/index.html Access From UJIYAMADA Sta., take the Mie Kotsu Bus to Naiku bus stop.
Ise Jingu(Geku) (Outer Shrine)
Ise Jingu(Geku) is dedicated to Toyouke-Omikami, who is the guardian of clothing, food, housing and all other industries. Approximately 1,500 years ago, the deity was enshrined here in the shadow of Mt. Takakura in Ise by being transferred from Tamba. Beside Magatamaike Pond, located across the approach to Geku and where Japanese irises bloom, is "Sengu Hall," built to commemorate the 62nd Jingu Shikinen Sengu. Here visitors can learn about its history through various exhibitions, including models and videos on the construction of the main shrine buildings and transfer of the goshintai.
Web http://www.isejingu.or.jp/en/about/index.html Access Approx. 10-min walk from ISESHI Sta.
Shima Spain Village/Parque España
A theme park featuring Spain, the country of passion. Visitors can savor various entertainments, attractions, restaurants and souvenir shops in the park. Popular attractions include the Pyrenees, one of the largest suspended roller coasters in the world, authentic flamenco shows, and parades. Also, a hotel and a natural hot spring facility are adjacent to the park.
Web http://www.parque-net.com/foreign/english/index.html Access From UGATA Sta., take the Mie Kotsu Bus to Shima Spain-mura bus stop (approx. 13-min by direct bus).
Ise-Shima Natural Hot Spring "Himawari-no-yu"
"Himawari-no-yu" is a hot spring spa adjacent to the Shima Spain Village (Parque España) theme park. Facilities include spacious, glass-fronted communal bathing areas, and open-air baths overlooking the ocean, which are especially renowned for their beautiful sunset views. There are also whirlpool baths, salt saunas (for women only) and a relaxation room to refresh oneself and relieve any travel fatigue.
Web http://www.parque-net.com/himawari/index.html Access Take the Mie Kotsu Bus from UGATA Sta. (direct line, approximately 13 minutes)
Approx. 3 min. walk from Shima Spain Mura bus stop
Kashikojima España Cruise
(Ago Bay Cruise)
A 50-min cruise around Ago Bay on the Esperança, a ship modeled on a real sailing vessel. Passengers can see Pearl rafts floating in the bay used for culturing pearls. The indented coastline and the unique island scenery are the best photo spots.
Web http://shima-marineleisure.com/manage/wp-content/themes/shima-marine/images/side/eng_ago.pdf Access Approx. 2-min walk from KASHIKOJIMA Sta. (Cruises depart from Kashikojima Port)
Iga-Ryu Ninja Museum
This reconstructed ninja residence has numerous built-in contraptions for repelling potential enemies. Staff dressed as ninja or kunoichi give guided tours of the house, demonstrating the various secret doors and hidden compartments. The museum also stages “Ninja Action Shows” (ninjutsu demonstrations), and visitors can try their hands at shuriken throwing.
Web http://www.iganinja.jp/?page_id=837 Access From IGA-KAMBE Sta., take the Iga Railway train to Uenoshi Sta., then a walk of approx. 7-min.
Iga Ueno-jo Castle
The incomplete, well-fortified Iga Ueno-jo Castle, also known as Hakuho-jo (White Phoenix Castle), has an elegant appearance. The original castle tower of Iga Ueno-jo had five stories. Just before its completion, it was destroyed by a storm and was never reconstructed. Today's castle tower is a three-story wooden building, constructed in 1935. It's a tower complex with a two-story small tower. The stone walls surrounding the castle are said to be some of the highest stone walls in Japan, and were chosen as scenery for the film "Kagemusha."
Web http://igaueno-castle.jp/?page_id=196 Access From IGA-KAMBE Sta., take the Iga Railway train to Uenoshi Sta., then approx. 5-min walk.
The aquarium is home to 30,000 marine animals comprising 1,200 species, the largest in Japan in terms of the number of species. The aquarium is divided into 12 zones, which include the Marine Mammal Kingdom, Living Fossils, and the Mermaid Sea, where dugongs can be seen. Sea otters, finless porpoises, and Commerson's dolphins are also exhibited here. The sea lion and walrus shows are very popular attractions.
Web http://www.aquarium.co.jp/foreign_language/english/english-pdf.pdf Access Approx. 10-min walk from TOBA Sta.
Toba Bay and Irukajima Island
(Dolphin Island) Cruise
This cruise will take you on a 50-minute excursion around Toba Bay. (Excluding the time for visiting Dolphin Island). Visitors will be captivated by the blue ocean and the intricate coastline, which have been designated as a national park. The cruise will leave from the Toba Marine Terminal and stop at the Dolphin Island where shows with dolphins and sea lions are performed, and the Shinju-to/Suizokukan-mae landing (near Mikimoto Pearl Island and the aquarium). The cruise features ships of unique design, such as one modeled on the "ryugu-jo," an underwater castle from the Japanese folktale "Urashima Taro."
Web http://shima-marineleisure.com/manage/wp-content/themes/shima-marine/images/side/eng_toba.pdf Access Approx. 10-min walk from TOBA Sta. (Cruises depart from Toba Marine Terminal)
Mikimoto Pearl Island
The island where Kokichi Mikimoto succeeded in culturing pearls for the first time in the world. On this island of approx. 24,000 ㎡, are the Pearl Museum, exhibiting decorative arts and a pearl jewelry collection, Kokichi Mikimoto Memorial Hall, the Pearl Shop and Ama Stand, where visitors can enjoy watching fishing demonstrations by ama, female divers, up close.
Web http://www.mikimoto-pearl-museum.co.jp/eng/index.html Access Approx. 5-min walk from TOBA Sta.