Nagoya, Ise-Shima, and the Kii Peninsula

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  • 1. Grand Shrines of Ise

    These shrines are rebuilt every 20 years, in accordance with Shinto tradition. To begin a new generational cycle, exact replicas of the previous halls are...Read More

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  • 2. Meiji-mura Museum

    Considered one of Japan's best museums, Meiji-mura has more than 60 buildings originally constructed during the Meiji era (1868–1912), when Japan ended its policy of...Read More

  • 3. Okuno-in Cemetery

    If time is limited, head for this memorial park first. Many Japanese make pilgrimages to the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi or pay their respects to...Read More

  • 4. Arimatsu-Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum

    Midori-ku

    Traditional shibori (tie-dyed cotton) has been produced in this area for more than 400 years. Here you can learn about the history of the dyeing...Read More

  • 5. Atsuta Shrine

    Atsuta-ku

    A shrine has stood at the site of Atsuta Jingu for 1,700 years. After Ise, this is the country's most important Shinto shrine. The Treasure...Read More

  • 6. Dai-mon Gate

    Every year, a million visitors pass through Koya-san's Great Gate to enter the sprawling complex of 117 temples and monasteries. Traveling to Koya-san takes you...Read More

  • 7. Daio

    Tucked behind a promontory, this fishing village is an interesting stop on the journey around the headland. At a small fish market you can sample...Read More

  • 8. Gifu Castle

    This castle, perched dramatically on top of Mt. Kinka, overlooks the city center and Nagara River. It's most striking when illuminated at night, backdropped by...Read More

  • 9. Gifu City Museum of History

    In Gifu Park, five minutes south of the cable-car station, sits this well-presented hands-on-museum, with exhibits covering Gifu from the prehistoric age through to feudal...Read More

  • 10. Hayatama Shrine

    Although the buildings here are modern re-creations, this great shrine is said to have been located here since at least the 12th century, and is...Read More

  • 11. Hongu Shrine

    Of the three Kumano Sanzan grand shrines, Hongu-taisha is the most revered, being the head shrine of some 3,000 Kumano shrines nationwide. It's also the...Read More

  • 12. Iga Ueno Castle

    This castle stands today because of one man's determination and wealth. The first castle built here was destroyed by a rainstorm in 1612, before it...Read More

  • 13. Iga-Ryu Ninja Museum

    The Iga-Ryu school of ninjutsu was one of the top two training centers for Japan's ancient spies and assassins in the 14th century. At the...Read More

  • 14. Inuyama Castle

    Inuyama's most famous sight is Inuyama Castle, also known as Hakutei-jo (White Emperor Castle). Built in 1537, it is the oldest of the 12 original...Read More

  • 15. Jo-an Teahouse

    In the traditional Uraku-en garden, which reopened in March 2022 after several years of renovations, sits the Jo-an Teahouse. Originally constructed in Kyoto in 1618,...Read More

  • 16. Kawasaki Merchant Warehouses

    Near the Hoshide-kan inn, four blocks of historic buildings alongside the Setagawa River form the Kawasaki area, once a transportation and trade hub that at...Read More

  • 17. Kongobu-ji Temple

    On the southwestern side of Koya-san, Kongobu-ji is the chief temple of Shingon Buddhism. It was first built in 1592 as the family temple of...Read More

  • 18. Legoland Japan Resort

    Minato-ku

    When Legoland Japan opened in the Nagoya port area in 2017 it gave the region something to rival the Universal Studios Japan amusement park in...Read More

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  • 19. Mikimoto Pearl Museum

    This museum on Pearl Island, 500 yards southeast from Toba Station, explores the history of pearl diving in Japan....Read More

  • 20. Nachi Shrine

    The shrine overlooks Nachi-no-taki 那智の滝, the highest waterfall in Japan, which drops 430 feet into a rocky river. At the bus stop near the falls,...Read More

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