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【Mie Prefecture】From Snowscapes to Plum Orchards in Full Bloom! Five Select Views That Are Too Beautiful

Animals that are too cute, videos that are too funny and tricks that are too amazing... There are many things that are "too xxx", but you don't want to miss "scenery that is too beautiful". This time, we focus on Mie Prefecture from among the 47 prefectures in Japan to introduce five such sceneries.

Winter Trees with Blooms of Magnificent Ice Flower

Gozaisho Ropeway (Komono-cho, Mie Prefecture)

This is one of Japan's longest aerial lift lines on the 1,212m-high Mt. Gozaisho. It travels a total distance of 2,161m in about 15 minutes with fantastic views throughout the year of the Ise Plain, Ise Bay, and Chita Peninsula. The view of frost-covered trees and frozen waterfalls that can only be seen in the winter is outstanding.

【Where to Take Photos】The frost-covered trees can often be seen in January and February. Trees with large protrusions of frost can be photographed around Sanjo-koen Station, especially on the slopes on the Shiga Prefecture side.
【View Data】Best time of year: December - January / Best time of day: Around 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

■Gozaisho Ropeway
Address: Yunoyama Onsen, Komono-cho, Mie-gun, Mie
Phone: 059-392-2261
Access: A 1 hour drive from Nagoya Interchange

Gozaisho Ropeway

Yunoyama Onsen, Komono-cho, Mie-gun, Mie

Enjoy the Beauty of the Valley on a Ferry Gliding over the Lake

Miyagawa Dam Lake Ferry (Odai Town, Mie Prefecture)

Take a 60-minute circular ferry ride on Miyagawa Dam Lake, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Osugidani Gorge, one of the three most famous valleys of Japan together with Kurobe Gorge and Kiyotsu Gorge. Experience the exhilaration of traveling over a lake the color of jade while enjoying the seasonal beauty.

【Where to Take Photos】Photographs of the red bridge on the lake in the middle with the mountains on either side can be powerful. The ferry passes the bridge in both directions, so there are two opportunities to take photographs.
【View Data】Best time of year: All year / Best time of day: Around 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

■Miyagawa Dam Lake
Address: Osugi, Odai-cho, Taki-gun, Mie
Phone: 0598-31-3661
Access: Approximately a 50-minute drive to Osugi from Omiya Odai Interchange

Miyagawa Dam Lake

Osugi, Odai-cho, Taki-gun, Mie

Huge and Strange Rock Formations Created by Kumano Sea at the Entrance of Nigishima Bay

Tategasaki (Kumano City, Mie Prefecture)

This is a steep cliff that is about 70m high with a circumference of 600m. It is characterized by a geological structure called "columnar jointing" that looks as if numerous pillars are joined together. The 170m-high cliff called Umikongo and blue caves at the back that can only be seen from a ferry (reservations required) are also well worth seeing.

【Where to Take Photos】There is a photo spot about 40 minutes on a walking path from the parking lot on National Route 311. The ferry is recommended if you want to take powerful photographs up close.
【View Data】Best time of year: All year / Best time of day: Around 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

■Tategasaki
Address: Hobo-cho, Kumano-shi, Mie
Phone: 0597-89-2229 (Kumano City Tourism Corporation)
Access: Approximately a 3-hour drive from Nagoya Interchange

Tategasaki

Hobo-cho, Kumano-shi, Mie

Natural Sculptures Chiseled by the Rough Waves of Kumano Sea

Onigajo (Kumano City, Mie Prefecture)

This is a large cliff wall of approximately 1.2km of sea caves created by the rough waves of Kumano Sea at the southern end of the rias coastline that starts in Iseshima. It is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a part of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range. Enjoy Senjojiki and other sculptures created by nature.

【Where to Take Photos】The best spot to take photographs is Senjojiki at the east entrance. The large two-tiered rock cave looks like the beak of a bird. If you're facing the sea, include the island, Mamirugashima, for a beautiful photograph.
【View Data】Best time of year: All year / Best time of day: Around 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

■Onigajo
Address: 1835-7 Kinomoto-cho, Kumano-shi, Mie
Phone: 0597-89-1502 (Onigajo Center)
Access: About a 2-and-a-half-hour drive from Nagoya Interchange

Onigajo

1835-7 Kinomoto-cho, Kumano-shi, Mie

The Tokai Area's Largest Plum Orchard Blooming with Multi-colored Flowers

Inabe City Plum Festival (Inabe City, Mie Prefecture)

This is an event held from late February to late March in the plum orchard park in Inabe City Nogyokoen , which is the Tokai Region's premier site for plum blossoms. Here, you can see approximately 4,000 plum trees of 100 varieties blooming with a view of the Suzuka Mountain Range. There are sales of plum tree saplings as well as food stalls during the event.

【Where to Take Photos】Take photographs from high places, such as the viewpoint in the park. On a sunny day, you may be able to see the plum blossoms together with the snow-capped Suzuka Mountain Range.
【View Data】Best time of year: February - March / Best time of day: Around 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

■Inabe City Plum Festival
Address: 3071 Kanae, Fujiwara-cho, Inabe-shi, Mie
Phone: 0594-46-8377 (Inabe City Agricultural Park)
Access: Approximately a 1-hour drive from Nagoya Interchange

Inabe City Agricultural Park

3071 Kanae, Fujiwara-cho, Inabe-shi, Mie

Some of these places are best seen from winter to spring, and some are recommended all year round. Go see the seasonal beauty of Mie Prefecture that awaits your visit.

【Reprinted from Walkerplus, January 31, 2018】

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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