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Japanese Grand Prix

Mie Prefecture’s Suzuka Circuit is the home of the Japanese Grand Prix. Historically, Japan has been one of the last races of the F1 season, and as such the Japanese Grand Prix has been the venue for many title-deciding races, with 13 World Champions being crowned over the 30 World Championship Japanese Grands Prix that…

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Kuwana is a smallish city located in northern Mie Prefecture, facing the Pacific Ocean. It is located at the mouth of the Kiso Three Rivers dividing Mie and Aichi Prefectures. Although the city doesn’t offer a lot of interest for foreign visitors, the nearby Nagashima Spaland is well worth a visit and if in the…

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Mie Prefecture is in the Tokai region in central Japan. It is the home of the most sacred shrines in Japan at Ise. Other places of interest in Mie include Nagashima Spaland, the Mikimoto Pearl Island, Toba Aquarium, the Meoto Iwa ‘married rocks’ (shown above) and Amanemu Resort.

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Mikimoto Pearl Island

Mikimoto Pearl Island is a small island located in Ise Bay, Mie Prefecture, which is known as the birthplace of cultured pearls. The island is run as a tourist attraction, with an excellent museum about pearls, pearl cultivation and Mikimoto Kokichi, the pioneer who first succeeded in cultivating pearls as well as holding shows featuring…

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Nagashima Spaland

Nagashima Spa Land is a large amusement park in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, Japan. It has several roller coasters, thrill rides, and rides for smaller children, as well as a giant Ferris wheel, and a water park. The park is the among the most visited amusement parks in the world. Nagashima’s White Cyclone rollercoaster, at 1,700…

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Tado Festival

The Tado Festival takes place every year during Golden Week on May 4th and 5th at Tado Shrine in the city of Kuwana, Mie Prefecture. The main event of the festival is a horse jumping event which features young horseback riders in samurai armor who must jump a horse up and over a three-meter hill….

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Toba Aquarium

Toba Aquarium is located on the waterfront of Toba Bay, close to the Mikimoto Pearl Island. The aquarium holds one of the largest collections of aquatic life in the country, spread out over twelve separate zones. There is no specific route to follow in the aquarium, and visitors can navigate the twelve zones freely. Animal…

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