• The scheduled site of the Summit is Kashikojima Island (Copyright)The Association of the Ise-Shima National Park

  • Ise Grand Shrine (Copyright)Jingu Shicho

  • Kumano Kodo (Copyright)Mie Prefecture

  • Matsusaka Beef (Copyright)Mie Prefecture

  • Suzuka Sports Garden (Copyright)Mie Amateur Sports Association

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Mie Prefecture, situated near the center of Japan, is an ideal location for business and tourism due to its convenient location between the east and west of Japan.

On May 26-27, 2016, Mie Prefecture will hold the Ise-Shima summit, a meeting of the G7. The site is scheduled to be Kashikojima in Ago Bay with its gorgeous saw-tooth coastline and impressive pearl farming rafts. Ise Grand Shrine and Ama are the other well-known tourism resources in the Ise-Shima region.

Ise Grand Shrine consists of 125 shrines. Two main shrines are “Naiku” and “Geku”. The origin of “Naiku” is said to date back to 2,000 years ago. And the “Shikinen Sengu” ceremonies have been continued for over 1,300 years. Every 20 years, the buildings are rebuilt and offerings dedicated to the deity are renewed.

“Ama” are traditional free-divers, who are often women. They dive to catch fish and shellfish by hand, and some of these sea products are offered to the Ise Grand Shrine. Mie Prefecture is rich in things to eat, with delicious food included Ise tea leaves, Matsusaka beef, and Nanki mandarin oranges.

Sightseeing places also include Kumano Kodo, the Suzuka Circuit, and the Ninja MUSEUM of Igaryu. Kumano Kodo has been pilgrimage routes for more than 1,000 years. This “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range” is the only pilgrimage route in the East that was included on UNESCO's World Heritage list. The Suzuka Circuit is a F1 Grand Prix race course with an amusement park along with a hotel where visitors can enjoy all day long. In the Ninja MUSEUM of Igaryu, visitors can learn the history of “Ninja” and see an amusing Ninja show.

Lastly, sports are also worth sharing with you in Mie Prefecture. Mie Prefecture is promoting “the plan of vigorous Mie” through sports. In 2021, The 76th National Sports Festival and the 21st National Sports Festival for People with Disabilities will be held. The sports facilities of “Mie Prefectural Suzuka Sports Garden” and several other sports facilities are suitable for athletes’ training before the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, and more facilities are expected to be organized. In this way, Mie Prefecture is active in sports. We are confident that we can welcome athletes from all over the world and to provide an environment that fully meets your needs to prepare for the final adjustments before the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Camp grounds in this area