1. About Mie
Mie Prefecture is situated close to the center of Japan, along the pacific Ocean. The Prefecture has a long, thin shape, being longer in the north-south direction (approx.170km) than in the east-west direction (approx. 80 km), and covers an area of 5,777 ㎢. It takes approximately 3 hours to reach Tsu City (the Prefectural capital of Mie) from Tokyo, 90 minutes from Osaka and 50 minutes from Nagoya.
Mie Prefecture has plains, basin areas and mountainous regions. Due to the diverse geographical nature of the area, the prefecture’s climate has a variety of characteristics. The annual average temperature for the Ise Plain is 15℃ which is relatively warm for Japan. The Iga Basin has a typical climate for an inland basin area with large variations in temperature throughout the year. The coast of Kumano, from Owase to Mount Odaigahara, experiences one of the highest levels of rainfall in the country.
Since Ise and Kumano, two major spiritual sites from which Japanese spiritual culture has originated, are situated in Mie Prefecture
Among the Prefecture’s agricultural, forestry and fishery products, Matsusaka beef, Ise lobster, abalones, oysters, and pearls are particularly famous. In addition, the manufacturing industries, such as the transport equipment, electric equipment and petrochemical industries which have been the major driving force of the Japanese economy, have been developed in the northern area of Mie Prefecture.
You can get to Mie Prefecture by flying to Chubu (Centrair) International Airport or Kansai International Airport (KIX). From Centrair, you can reach Mie’s prefectural capital, Tsu, in roughly 45 minutes, by high-speed boat. From KIX, a combination of highway bus and train is useful.
Airlines (Centrair): Air Canada Rouge, Air China, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Ethihad Airways, Finnair, HK Express, JAL, Jeju Air, Jetstar Japan, Juneyao Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Philippine Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Spring Airlines, Thai Airways, Tigerair Taiwan, United Airlines, Vietnam Airlines.
By public transportation
Mie Center for the Arts, Tsu City, Mie Prefecture, Japan