The park, one of the most popular cherry viewing sites in Mie, started as the garden and villa of Takayki Todo, 11th lord of Tsu castle around 1855-60. After the Meiji Restoration the area became a public park. When I visited there about 20 years ago there used to have a small prefectrural museum but it was closed in 2007 and will be reopened in...more
Originally built in 1571 this castle is best known as one of the major renovation works by Takatora Todo in early 17th century. Donjon of the castle was burned down in 1662 and never have been rebuilt since then. Stone wall structure and three-storied tower rebuilt in 1958 are the main features of the castle ruins. It's entirely free of charge to...more
374 Hadokocho, Tsu, Mie Prefecture, 514-0009, Japan
Good for: Couples
700 Hadokoro-cho, Tsu, Mie Prefecture, 514-0009, Japan
Good for: Couples
345-4 Komei-cho, Tsu, Mie Prefecture, 514-0006, Japan
Good for: Families
On first glance it seemed like an ordinary small restaurant that had already seen its best times.But when we found out that the owner is a poet and even won a price recently, it suddenly came to live. We even got the chance to talk to Takasaki Ichirou in person and he presented us some of his interviews that were published recently in 2008 in local...more
After entering the restaurant we were welcomed in Japanese AND English !! The atmosphere is friendly as the owner likes to have a chat with the customers.Hours of Business: 11:00～18:30, it only closes on New Year's Day. As always Unagi-don (Eel on top of a bowl of rice). As soon as we had ordered we were invited to select the eel from a...more
Nice, Japanesey restaurant filled with tatami mats, colorful paper lanterns, huge kissing paper-mache fish, and an all you can drink coffee bar that comes with every meal. Dinner can be pricey, but the lunch sets are great! Rice, miso soup, Japanese pickles, and your choice of two or three sides for the price of 890 or 1050 yen respectively. Quick...more
This place has awesome combination plates. For 1000 yen you can get an all inclusive platter that includes a burrito, chicken soft taco, taquito, and spicy, baked potatoes. During lunch time, the platter includes a drink and a dessert at no extra cost. It pretty much rocks. Despite the inclusion of very Japanese white rice in its very Mexican...more
This is a very cute, very quaint Italian restaurant with authentic and delicious cuisine made by the hands of an even cuter Italian chef and his wife. Nice atmosphere, excellent dining. Ideal for a date. Also, the lunch menu is uber-delicious and totally reasonably priced. Bread, salad, your choice of pasta, and a drink (including beer or wine) for...more
Er... well... not many choices, I admit it. We used to go to the Kamayan bar for a couple of drinks once in a while.
It was a nice bar... and the only one near the university. But we took the party with us!
By train, 1 hour from Nagoya (Y980), 2 1/2 hs from Osaka (Y1640), 3 hs from Kyoto (Y1860). Nearest airport is in Nagoya.
Tsu is stretched along the 23rd prefectural road and the Kintetsu railway, by the seashore. Seven stations of this line are inside the city, and a few others of the JR (Japan Railways) as well. As everywhere in Japan there's a good public bus service, but the best way to get around is by bicycle.
May 5th is 'Children's Day' in Japan; on this day Japanese families celebrate Tango-no-Sekku, the Boys' Festival. From the latter half of April to early May, one sees nearly everywhere huge, gay-colored Koi-Nobori, carp-like streamers made of paper or cloth, which fill with wind and seem to swim in the air. Together with long red and white ribbons, the carp are hoisted on a bamboo pole, mounted by a pair of gilded pinwheels, high above the rooftops. A carp is flown for each son in the family, a very large one for the eldest, the others ranging down in size.
This picture was taken in Gokoku-jinja shrine, near Tsu station.
Ishinden is the oldest neighborhood in Tsu, and its narrow passages and canals make a very pleasant bicycle ride.
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