Completely diverse coastline boasting a variety of landscapes. Renowned for the spectacular Ise-Shima National Park.
The Shima-hanto Peninsula is situated at the eastern edge of the Kii-hanto Peninsula. It juts out straight into the Pacific Ocean from central Mie. It has a complex saw-toothed coastline with a number of bays and inlets, including Matoya Bay, famous for cultured oysters, and Ago Bay, often called the "Aegean Sea of Japan." It is blessed with a great variety of seafood and Ise lobster, abalone and oyster are famous as local special products. The entire peninsula, with its diverse coastline, is designated as Ise-Shima National Park. It is an internationally famous sightseeing spot, along with Ise-jingu Shrine.
Ago Bay, located in the southern Shima-hanto Peninsula, has over 60 islets of various size. It is famous as the first place in the world to have produced cultured pearls. The sight of the pearl rafts floating on the calm sea is truly impressive. It is also called "Bay of Pearls." You can also enjoy the view of Ago Bay from the sea aboard a pleasure boat on the Espana Cruise that starts from the largest islet in the bay, Kashiko-jima Island.
There is a theme park called Shima Spain-mura Village, which reproduces famous places and townscapes of Spain. Visitors can sample the charms of Spain in the buildings, food and parades, and enjoy the rides at the amusement park. It is always packed with people of all ages.
From Tokyo :
[Rail] 1h 45 min to Nagoya Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line, and 2h from Kintetsu Nagoya to Kashikojima Station by Kintetsu Line (limited express).
From Osaka :
[Rail] 2h 19 min from Uehonmachi to Kashikojima Station by Kintetsu Line (limited express Shimakaze)