Shima Marine Land

Unlike most aquariums, Shima Marineland offers an interesting angle by showcasing the evolution of living sea creatures. In line with its archaic theme, the aquarium is designed like ammonites, an extinct group of marine mollusks that are closely related to the living Nautilus. There are a total of six core attraction areas, including the unique ancient aquarium where visitors can learn the history of life through marine fossils and touch them. Highlights include the heavy-weight ocean sunfish that can weigh up to a tonne and a rare specimen of a giant octopus with 96 tentacles! Look out for feeding demonstrations by Ama, traditional native female divers, in the largest tank of

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Shima Spain Village

Known officially as Parque Espana, which means “Park of Spain” in Spanish, this amusement park transports you the country of sun and passion instantly with its faithful reproduction of Spanish streetscapes. Challenge yourself to the Pyrenees, the world’s fastest suspended roller coaster, or dance together in colorful boisterous parade. Alternatively, take a brief walk through history as you enter the Museo Castillo de Xavier, a replica of the birthplace of Francis Xavier, the man who introduced Christianity to Japan. Besides restaurants and cafes that offer authentic Spanish cuisine like the hearty paella, there is also a shopping area where visitors can buy goods imported from Spain or create their personalized

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Futami Sea Paradise

Shake your hands with a beloved walrus that is good at blowing kisses at this interactive aquarium. Visitors can enjoy intimate encounters with animals such as dolphins by touching them at close distance. Right near the entrance, one can catch a husband and wife sea lion duo diving into the waters like pro or wagging their tails at visitors. They may move about clumsily but are capable of some gymnastic feats. Exciting shows featuring the multi-talented seals performing various stunts and fish feeding by professional divers are held at regular times of the day.

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Okage Yokocho – Oharai Machi

Be transported back to the Edo period as you walked through Okage Yokocho, a bustling shopping street of the Oharai town located right in front of the Naiku sanctuary of Jingu. One can spend hours browsing through the unique handicrafts and snacks at the shops and restaurants housed within the old-style wooden buildings. Besides shopping, one can enjoy kamishibai, a traditional form of storytelling using picture scrolls. Don’t miss the signature red bean treats from Akafuku, a traditional Japanese sweets house that has been serving generations of locals and foreigners alike for more than 300 hundred years. In fact, Okage Yokocho is built by Akafuku in a bid to express

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Ise Azuchi Momoyama Bunka Mura

Relive the old charm of Azuchi-Momoyama period at this theme park that is filled with endless surprises. It features five different experience halls, five theatres and a gorgeous recreation of Azuchi castle, a famous castle founded by Oda Nobunaga, a hero of the warring period in Japan. Ascend to the Hakkakudo lookout located at level 6 to catch the breathtaking scenery of Ise Bay and continue to the top of the tower where a sparkling golden room lined with real gold is found. There is more than just seeing, as one can dress up in 16th century costumes as samurai, ninja or geisha, and strut proudly around the park. For

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Meotoiwa

As the name literally translates into the rocks of husband and wife, Meoto Iwa is two sacred rocks that represent a married couple in the waters off the coast of Futami that leads from the central of Ise City. The couple rocks are linked by shimenawa, a rice straw rope typically hung below the entrance to shrines. The rope is changed during Shinto events on May 5, Sept 5 and December when the tides are calm. Young newly-weds visit the rocks to offer prayers as they symbolize conjugal bliss and fertility. One can even catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji when the weather is good.

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Toba Aquarium

Discover the amazing variety of sea creatures as you step into the mysterious underwater world awash with thrills and excitement. This largest aquarium of Japan boasts the most diverse collection of aquatic life with more than 30,000 aquatic animals from 1200 species. It features several spectacular themed zones, including Ancient Sea, Jungle World, Waterside in the Forest and Polar Sea. One of the areas is dedicated to the sea life in the waters around Ise Bay and the Kumano-Nada Sea. Take a trip to the Marine Mammal kingdom to view fun-loving sea lions and seals. Get up close to the dugong at the Mermaid Sea as this is the only

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Mikimoto Pearl Island

Learn everything you need to know about pearls at this museum island that is connected to the main island via a pedestrian bridge. The Kokichi Mikimoto Memorial Hall was built in 1993 to remember the success of Koichi Mikimoto, a Toba native who devoted more than 5 years into the research and cultivation of his first pearl on Mikimoto Pearl Island. Discover the creation of pearls and admire the intricate craftsmanship of some of the world’s most magnificent pearl exhibits including Mikimoto’s Five-storied Pagoda which is produced with 12,760 pearls. One can also catch Ama, traditional women divers in white outfits, in live action as they demonstrate how they dive

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Sengu Museum

Constructed in April 2012, Sengu museum was built in conjunction with the 62nd rebuilding of the shrine, when the shrine sanctuary, religious attire and the divine treasures are given a renewal. The gods are moved into the reconstructed shrines and the old buildings are deconstructed. The timber remains and materials from the old shrine are redistributed to shrines in other parts of Japan and reused in regions that are stricken by earthquakes or other disasters. Originated more than 1300 years ago, this ceremony, also known as Shikinen Sengu, is held every 20 years and is the largest and most significant event held in Ise Jingu. Situated right at the outer

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