Mie

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Mie prefecture is located in the east side of the largest peninsula in Japan, the Kii Peninsula. The capital city of Tsu is located in the center of the prefecture. The prefecture stretches from the north to the south and its climate differs depending on the area as it has a coastal region that faces the Ise Bay, a mountainous area, as well as a basin. Espec

ially, the southern part called Higashi Kishu is often directly struck by typhoons and is even called "Taifu Ginza" (typhoon Mecca). Mie prefecture is most famous for the Ise Grand Shrine commonly called "Oise-san," which has been attracting pilgrims from all over Japan since the Edo period. In the proximity of the shrine, there is Okage Yokocho village and the main shop of akafuku, a Japanese pastry known as Ise’s local specialty. Since Toba station is located in southern Ise area, like Ise city, there are many marine related facilities around the station such as the Toba Aquarium and the Dolphin Island Marine Amusement Park. This area is a rich source of seafood and cultured pearls. Shima Peninsula is a very scenic place contoured by beautiful Rias coastline with many bays and coves including the Matoya Bay that is known for fresh oysters. Iga region that has been known as the home base of the ninja since old times is also known as a birthplace of the haiku master, Matsuo Basho. There are many sake breweries in this area, and sake produced here has become a local specialty. In the city of Nabari, visitors can enjoy beautiful natural landscapes including the Akame 48 Waterfalls with a total length of four kilometers. During the colorful fall season, this area becomes bustling with many tourists. The Hokusei area that faces the Aichi and Shiga prefectures includes Nagashima-cho that is known as a hot spring resort, Yokkaichi city that has one of the largest industrial areas in Japan, and Suzuka city that is known as a venue for the F1 Japan Grand Prix. Local specialties of Mie prefecture include Ise lobsters and clams that have been dedicated to the Ise Grand Shrine since long ago. Production of ingredients to make soup stock such as dried young sardine, dried mackerel, and dried bonito is also thriving, and Ise udon sold in the vicinity of the Ise Grand Shrine has become a local specialty dish. Mie is also the production site of the world-renowned beef, Matsusaka beef.

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