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A First Visit to Mie Prefecture - Top 12 Spots for a Dream Japan Vacation!

Ise, Toba, Shima Historical Places

Mie Prefecture takes up the eastern half of Kii Peninsula, the largest peninsula in Japan. Mie Prefecture stretches long north to south, borders steep mountains to the west and Ise Plain to the east, past which is Ise Bay and Kumano Sea. Abundant with nature and is a wonderful place to enjoy sightseeing and food through every season, Mie Prefecture is a dream spot to add to your Japan bucket list!

Hozugawa Kudari: Scenic Kyoto River Cruise Down One of the Area's Most Picturesque Valleys!

kyoto Suburbs Outdoor Activities

While visiting Kyoto, you can't miss the Arashiyama area, which is home to the bamboo forest and one of the area's most scenic Kyoto river cruises. The Hozugawa River Boat Ride (Hozugawa Kudari) is a popular 2-hour, 16km cruise past cherry blossoms in spring and stunning autumn foliage in fall.

Kyoto Station Guide: Find Trains, Best Shopping, Restaurants, Souvenirs & More!

Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple Other Sightseeing

Kyoto Station sees a fair share of the 50 million local and foreign tourists that visit Kyoto every year. Kyoto Station is not only a major transit hub for Kyoto, but tourists can find many facilities with shops selling food and souvenirs in and around it, making it easy to do all your shopping in one spot! To help you get a head start on your Kyoto trip, we’ve compiled some useful information about shops and services such as transport options, baggage checkrooms, food places, and shopping centers that will no doubt prove handy. One can never have too much knowledge when planning a trip, after all!

Choice Spots

  • Arashiyama, Uzumasa
  • Gion, Kawaramachi, Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano
  • Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple
  • Namba, Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi
  • Nara, Ikoma, Tenri
  • Shinsekai, Tennouji, Tsuruhashi
  • Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi
  • USJ, Nanko Port
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