Walk along the street, feel the spirit of Edo period
With Ise Honkaido or the old pilgrim’s road to Ise running through the village, Mitsue used to be frequented by the people who were heading to and back from Ise, where the sacred Grand Shrine is. Why not spend a day walking along the old road and discover preserved historical sites.
Mitsue is full of legend and tradition
The village’s kanji, 御杖, is made of 杖 for cane and 御, a kind of prefix indicating respect. The name comes from a legend where the Empress, on her way to the Ise Grand Shrine, stopped at this village to rest and, before leaving, paid her respects at the village shrine. On her way out, she forgot her cane. Legend states the cane is still enshrined there, but is not viewable to the general public.
Legends such as this suggest there’s more than meets the eye at Mitsue, making it a good choice for those with an interest in Japanese history and folklore. The village also has some history related to Shingon Buddhism, as well as an experience hall where you can schedule classes such as tea ceremony.
Places to visit
- Mt. Miune
- Mt. Miune, 1,235m above sea level, is one of the 300 great mountains of Japan. Although the mountain shows different colors and a character in each season, frost-covered trees in winter are the most spectacular.
Take the bus bound for 曽爾村役場 (Soni-mura-yakuba) from Kintetsu Haibara Station to 掛西口(Kake-nishiguchi) bus stop. Transfer to the “Mitsue-fureai bus” and get off at 神末上村 (Kozue-Kamimura) bus stop. 2-hour walk from the bus stop to the top of the mountain.Address
Kozue, Mitsue Village, Uda-gun, Nara