Trip with a Rent a Car in Mie pref: A refreshing journey on a drive course in Ise-Shima
What we'll do
This driving tour of Ise-Shima is great not just for people who like to drive, but also for families traveling together.
The Meoto Iwa Rock symbolizes the love between couples, and it has become a famous sightseeing spot as a symbol of marriage. At the Ninja Kingdom Ise, families can try a ninja experience that is sure to be fun for kids and adults alike.
When moving between Ise and Toba, we recommend taking the Pearl Road, which is a popular driving course among car and motorcycle enthusiasts. The Toba Sea-Folk Museum is a great spot for foodies to indulge and try cuisine that was made using local ingredients.
Lastly, head to a refreshing, spacious area to relax. From the Toba Observation Deck in Ise-Shima National Park, you can gaze out at Toba's outlying islands and the Atsumi Hanto Peninsula on the opposite shore.
We can meet here, at the TOYOTA Rent a Car Ise Uji Yamada Station Shop.
Go out of Kintetsu Ujiyamada Sta., turn right, and go 20 meters. This shop is the most convenient one for Ise Grand Shrine. It is about a 15-minute walk/5-minute drive to the Ise Grand Shrine Outer Shrine, and about a 15-minute drive to the Inner Shrine.
The type of car we rent and the rental fee will depend on the number of people participating in the tour.
*One-way: Available inside / outside the prefecture
- Price per person
- 6,325 JPY ~ / person
- Max participants
- Up to 4 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
Things you'll need:
-Money to buy lunch
-Transportation fees to get you to the meeting place
1Meoto Iwa Rock
Meoto Iwa, is a spot located in the ocean just off of Saruta Hiko Jinja Shrine in Mie prefecture. It's name literally meaning "Husband and Wife Rocks", refers to the two large rocks that look like a married couple snuggled together, and their 9 meter (30 ft) distance is connected by a thick rope measuring 35m (115 feet), that wraps around both rocks, giving for an almost romantic atmosphere. The Husband rock is 9 meters (30 ft) tall and the wife is a cute 4 meters (13.1 feet) tall. This spot is famous for being able to see the sun rise between the two rocks from May~July, and if the weather is good enough you can see the sun rise up from behind Mt. Fuji in the distance. During the Autumn/Winter period you can see the full moon arranged between the two rocks too.
2Ninja Kingdom Ise
The Ninja Kingdom Ise is a theme park in Mie Prefecture where you can dress up as a ninja (Japanese spies or mercenaries) and participate in various fun activities. This includes Japanese gambling, throwing ninja stars (shuriken), trying ninja weapons and martial arts, and much more. There are also performances that show you some of the ninjas' skills in motion. It is also an interesting place if you are interested in Japanese history. There is a reconstruction of Azuchi castle, a Japanese garden and other historical Japanese buildings. To top things off, there are multiple natural hot springs (onsen) and Japanese restaurants for you and your family to enjoy.
3Toba Sea Folk Museum
At the Toba Sea-Folk Museum, visitors can learn about the history, current lifestyle, and future of people living in fishing villages, such as fishermen, ama divers (female fishers who collect shells and seaweed), and sailors. Of the approximately 60,000 documents and archives related to the sea at Mie Prefecture, 6,879 have been designated as Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. The museum is also tailored to inspire the curiosity of children with its hands-on nature experiences, such as animal observation and seaweed cutting. Throughout the year, adults can enjoy cooking classes in which seasonal seafood is used as well as making crafts with seashells and seaweed. Amamon seafood, which is caught by the ama divers of the area, is sold at the museum's shop and is great for souvenirs.
4Ise Shima National Park Toba Observation Deck
Ise-Shima National Park is located in and around the Shima Peninsula in central Mie Prefecture. The Toba Observation Deck stands midway along the Pearl Road, which runs from Toba to Shima and is a perfect spot for those who enjoy a good drive. The observation deck overlooks the horizon and the jagged coastline, and both the sea and the mountains can be enjoyed at once. There are also restaurants and shops nearby, making it a great place for a rest.