Last Updated: Jul 28, 2023
For the longest time, I have actively asserted that Kanagawa is the most well-rounded of all the prefectures. Between the history of Kamakura, the hot springs and nature of Hakone, and the urban landscape of Yokohama, there’s little that this remarkable region cannot offer. Alas, after spending the better part of three days traversing the lion’s share of Mie Prefecture, I’m obliged to admit that there might be another contender for this title after all. From antediluvian shrines to vistas that seem to be pulled straight from the scenes of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, there’s a shocking amount of variety to sample in Mie. While you’re almost guaranteed to be kept alarmingly busy during your stay, a visit to this prefecture is undoubtedly nothing short of a once in a lifetime experience.
Now, as hard as this may be to believe for some of you, until recently I had never set foot in Mie. While the prefecture has long been on my bucket list the whimsical fates just haven’t allowed for it. For one reason or another, things just haven’t worked out. Case in point, though I was selected to be a #VisitMie supporter back in 2018, I embarrassingly had to cancel my trip at the last minute following my grievous injury in Okayama. Thankfully though, the prefectural powers that be did not hold a grudge and were more than happy to assist in rescheduling my visit. Honestly, were it not for their very helpful logistical support, I don’t think that I could have managed to cram this much into a mere few days.
Anyway, even by my travel guide standards, this post is going to be very, very long. Before reading on, I suggest that you find a nice comfy chair and brew yourself a hot cup of coffee or tea. Given the sheer breadth of topics that I need to cover, I’ll be documenting my adventures across Mie in the first person. This travel log style is a major break from how I usually write but here I believe it’s warranted. In doing so, I hope yo give you, the reader, a glimpse of what you can expect during your time in Mie. While you need not go to the maniacal lengths that I did to see it all, this should be more than enough to pique your interest in the prefecture.