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Unforgettable moments in Mie & Yamanashi!
I’ll never forget my trip to Ise Jingu by taking The Sightseeing Limited Express “Shimakaze” from Nagoya to Mie! The Shimakaze aims to provide a new rail travel experience where passengers get to enjoy comfortable journey with extensive food menu, Wi-Fi and video service! It was a fabulous experience to enjoy a cup of coffee while looking out at the beautiful scenery from the café car!
Upon arrival at Ise Jingu, I was shocked at the large area it stands! More than 1,500 rituals are conducted here yearly to pray for the peace of the world, prosperity of the Imperial family and the huge harvest!
Also, I travelled to Okage Yokocho in front of Ise Jingu. In Japanese, the word Okage simply means thankfulness and Yokocho means a kind of side street. You can feel the gratitude for the beautiful surroundings and appreciation for all living things in the small town of Oharai.
After shopping, it’s time to hunt for delicious Matsusaka beef which is known for its frosty appearance and soft texture. I can still remember that the meat instantly melts in my mouth and its natural flavour was so nice! Moreover, I also get to taste the wonderful Ise Ebi (Japanese spiny lobster) too! With its bright red body, splendid beard, and appetizing white flesh, ise-ebi lobster definitely tastes good!
Since I had been eating a lot, I decided to travel to Yamanashi to take a walk at Oishi Park located on the north shore of Lake Kawaguchi. The park features a 350m walking path with different flowers planted along side. The contrast between the flowers and Mt. Fuji is spectacular!
I heard from some locals that fruit picking in Yamanashi is also famous among Japanese people, so I went to a fruit garden nearby after leaving Oishi Park. It was the peach and cherry season, and I was so excited to see big and round fruits hanging on the tree! The fresh picked fruits were so sweet and juicy, and I am drooling again.