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ShimaIse-Shima National Park

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A diverse landscape sculpted by the natural environment
Ise-Shima is one of the national parks that stretches out over a sea area. In Ise-Shima’s Ago Bay, you can enjoy views of magnificent landscapes formed by a beautiful ria coastline with numerous inlets, roughly 60 small and large islands, and an intertwining network of pearl culturing rafts. The coastal area faces the Pacific Ocean and its key attractions include rugged cliffs carved by the waves, sandy beaches where sea turtles come ashore to lay eggs, and fishing villages rich in history and culture rooted in the fishery. It features spectacular sunset spots, which are also ideal to observe seasonal and time-related changes in the landscape, offering views that never bored.
A diverse landscape sculpted by the natural environment
A land of historic importance that is said to be inhabited by deities
Ise-Shima is steeped in ancient history and mythology. The area is home to the Izawa-no-miya Shrine, which is affiliated with Ise Jingu Shrine, and famous spots with ties to mythology such as Ama-no-iwato Rock, giving rise to a mystic atmosphere that takes you out of the world of the ordinary. It has also been a beneficiary of the blessings of the sea, and features a large number of shrines and temples worshipped by local residents who make their living from the sea. Small shrines and Jizo (guardian deity of children) statues can be found scattered across the villages and in this way, the local deities (who protect the land) are kept close to the people.
A land of historic importance that is said to be inhabited by deities
Harmonious living with nature
When following the nature trails or cycling courses along the coastline, you can observe various scenes demonstrating the close connection between the lifestyles of the local residents and the abundant nature that surrounds the area. This can offer you a glimpse of certain lifestyle and cultural practices that reflect a reverence for and gratitude to the natural environment. Some examples of this include: thriving fishing villages; the ama (female divers) who dive in local waters; pearl, oyster, and sea lettuce farming activity, and villages surrounded by hedging fences consisting of trees that protect against sand. The warm-heartedness of the local residents will be immediately apparent when you exchange greetings with them.
Harmonious living with nature
* Kashikojima Island, which is located in the Shima area of Ise-Shima National Park, had hosted the 42nd G7 summit (the “Ise-Shima Summit”) in May 2016. We have therefore prepared a list of recommended courses for Ise-Shima National Park that center on the Shima area.