Information for an itinerary packed full of Tsu City's attractions

Required Time: 12 hours

Information for an itinerary packed full of Tsu City's attractions

An indulgent sample itinerary to fully enjoy visiting the restaurants, hot springs, historical and cultural spots unique to Tsu City, which is located 45 minutes by high-speed boat from Central Japan International Airport.

  • START Tsu Station
  • 15 minutes by train from JR/Kintetsu Tsu Station
    Approx. 10 minutes by car

    Takada Honzan Senjuji

    高田本山専修寺 (Takadahonzansenjuji)
    Arrival Time: 9:15
    Mie Prefecture's largest temple, which takes its doctrine directly from sect founder Shinran Shonin
    Senjuji Temple
    Isshindencho developed as a temple town around Senjuji, the head temple of the Shinshu Takada sect, and many historic streets still remain in Jinaicho. In the temple grounds you can see Mieido and Nyoraido, known as outstanding wooden buildings in Japan, which are both over twenty-five meters tall and were designated as the first national treasure buildings in Mie on November 28, 2017.
    The main buildings, or garan of Senjuji were gradually erected during the reconstruction after the big fire in 1645. Receiving a donation of lands from the Tsu clan, they expanded their temple grounds drastically and their first building Mieido was completed in 1666, followed by Nyoraido completed in 1748.
    Mieido is highly regarded as a magnificent temple building which shows the development of Japanese temple construction. Nyoraido is also highly valued as one of the biggest modern Zen buildings in Japan built with a donation by the followers of the sect.
    There are also many national important cultural properties in the precincts of the temple such as Saiho-shinansyo and Sanjo-wasan, which were written in Saint Shinran’s own hand.
    Why don’t you take a walk around Senjuji to have a close look at the world-renowned historic buildings and enjoy Isshinden Jinaicho?
    Nyoraido (National Treasure)
    Nyoraido is the main hall of the temple built in 1748, where the statue of a standing figure of Amitabha Tathagata is showcased as the principal image.
    Their gorgeous construction built in love of Zen Buddhism, introduced into Japan in the Kamakura period was brought back to life during a big repair between 1983 and 1990. Nyoraido is a smaller-scale building but is as tall as Mieido. They succeeded in making it look as big as Mieido by installing mokoshi, the thick eaves.
    Mieido (National Treasure)
    Mieido was built in 1666. They enshrine the wooden statue of the sect founder Shinran Shonin and the portraits of the successive generations of saints.
    Its original magnificent look came back to life again during the big repair between 2000 and 2008. It is the fifth biggest national treasure temple building in Japan. The quiet outward appearance with a gabled roof based on the traditional Japanese style emphasizes its hugeness.
    Address 2819 Ishindencho, Tsu-shi
    Telephone Number 059-232-4171
    Web Site
    Opening Hours 6:00 - 15:30
    Fee Worshipping is free
    Access5 minutes walk from JR Ishinden Station
    15 minutes walk from Kintetsu Takadahonzan Station
  • Approx. 35 minutes by bus from Takatakoukou-mae Stop

    Tsu Kannon

    津観音 (Tsukannon)
    Arrival Time: 11:00
    One of Japan's three major kannons
    The official name of Tsu Kannonji is Enichizan Kannonji. Situated in the center of Tsu City, the temple has been affectionately called Kannon-san by residents and people from neighboring districts from old times. As a Shingon temple it is counted alongside Asakusa and Osu Kannons as one of the three major kannons in Japan. There are annual events, such as a setsubun ceremony to drive out demons on the last day of winter, a Buddhist memorial service (April 1-3) and Tooka kannon (10 days of worship) (August 9).
    Address 32-19 Daimon, Tsu-shi
    Telephone Number 059-225-4013 (Enichizan Kannonji)
    Web Site
    Fee Admission to the Reference library is 500 yen. (reservation required, closed on Mondays)
    Access10 minutes from Ise Expressway, Tsu IC
    7 minutes by Mie Kotsu bus from the east exit of JR/Kintetsu Tsu Station, 3 minutes walk from Kyoguchitatemachi Stop
  • No additional time required

    Daimon Shotengai

    大門商店街 (Daimonshotengai)
    Arrival Time: 11:30
    Centrally located in Tsu City, Daimon shopping arcade is fascinating for trying out restaurants and paying a visit to Tsu Kannon
    These arcaded shopping streets house the amusement and shopping districts of Tsu, and are lined with many restaurants. There are plenty of stores for Tsu's homegrown tenmusu (rice balls), kanmidokoro (Japanese sweets), and udon noodles. As a regular event, markets are held every month on dates that include a 5 or 10.
    Address 24-12 Daimon, Tsu-shi
    Telephone Number 059-223-0090
    Web Site
    Access15 minutes walk from JR/Kintetsu Tsu Station
    10 minutes from Ise Expressway, Tsu IC
  • 5 minutes walk


    はし家 (Hashiya)
    Arrival Time: 12:00
    Immensely popular eel restaurant in the inner city area
    Hashiya is a Kansai-style eel restaurant. Dishes are created by devoted artisans using high-grade charcoal. Diners can savor the traditional sauce and fragrant aroma as careful attention is given not just to the quality of the eel, but the way it is grilled. Hashiya has many customers from all over Japan.

    Some of our all time favorite restaurants in Tsu have been listed in the Michelin guide for 2019 (Tokai Edition).

    Here is the link to the English website!

    Address 4-10 Daimon, Tsu-shi
    Telephone Number 059-228-4925
    Web Site
    Opening Hours 11:00 - 20:30 (14:30 - 16:30 preparation) last order 20:00
    Holiday Mondays
    Fee Small bowl of rice with two pieces of eel 1,300 yen, Eel set meal 2,850 yen
    Access2 minutes walk from Mie Kotsu Bus, Mie Kaikan-mae Stop
    15 minutes walk from Kintetsu Tsushinmachi Station
  • Approx. 45 minutes by bus from Mie Kaikan-mae Stop

    Kazahaya-no-Sato (fuji, ajisai)

    かざはやの里(藤・あじさい) (Kazahaya-no-sato (fuji, ajisai))
    Arrival Time: 13:30
    Kazahaya-no-Sato, the home of kappas (water imps), is a flower garden that blends well-being and the environment
    The garden lies within the Ise Hot Spring Golf Club on an approximately 70,000 square meter steep range of hills. Gardening work on 650 plum trees, 1,800 wisteria vines and 75,000 hydrangea bushes is carried out daily. As the first flower garden to adopt horticultural well-being, a therapeutic floral landscape that blends well-being and the environment can be seen in winter, spring and summer as beautiful seasonal flowers bloom. Delight in a stroll to the songs of wild pheasants and Japanese bush warblers.
    Address 4096 Hekicho, Tsu-shi
    Telephone Number 059-255-5755 (8:00 - 17:00)
    Web Site
    Opening Hours 8:00 - 17:00
    Holiday Open every day during flower festivals
    Fee Over 18s 300 yen in the flowering season (Admission is free for under 18s and visitors to the welfare facilities outside of the flowering season)
    Access15 minutes walk from Heki Jinja-mae Stop on the bus bound for Sakakibara Hot Spring from Kintetsu Hisai Station
    5 minutes from Ise Expressway, Hisai IC
  • Approx. 1 hour via bus or train from Heki Jinja-mae

    Meishosen (local line)

    名松線(ローカル線) (Meishosen(localline))
    Arrival Time: 16:35
    The miraculous come-back of a local train line that commands a glorious view
    From Matsusaka station to the terminus of Ise Okitsu Station  in Misugicho the train runs along the river taking in the sights. It pushes its way along ravines, mountains and numerous rail bridges, and just being on board is a pleasure. If you hop off along the way, there are also hot springs and bicycle rentals, so you can go sightseeing while experiencing the seasons. Since there are a limited number of trains, be sure to check the timetable. 
    Address 1288-8 Okitsu, Misugicho, Tsu-shi (Ise Okitsu Station terminus, Tourism Exchange Facility-Hidamari)
    Telephone Number 059-272-8080 (Misugi General Branch Office)
  • Rent a bicycle and ride from Ise Okitsu Station to Takehara Station
    Take the Meisho line bound for Matsusaka Station to Matsusaka Station
    Approx. 30 minutes by train to Sakakibara-onsenguchi Station

    Yumoto Sakakibarakan

    湯元榊原舘 (Yumotosakakibarakan)
    Arrival Time: 19:30
    Free-flowing hot spring inn with purifying waters for an Ise Jingu pilgrimage
    Sakakibara Hot Spring, which is also famed as Nanakuri-no-yu  as cited in The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, has prospered through the ages as a therapeutic spa village and one of Japan's best three hot springs. The waters, which are gentle on the skin and moisturizing like serum, are also referred to as a miracle mix as they contain an excellent balance of hot spring elements. Enjoy Sakakibara Hot Spring's onsen energy, which has been widely known since ancient times, at its source.
    Address 5970 Sakakibaracho, Tsu-shi
    Telephone Number 059-252-0206
    Web Site
    Opening Hours 9:00 - 18:00
    Holiday No scheduled holidays
    Fee Adults 1,000 yen, Children 500 yen
    AccessFree shuttle bus from Kintetsu Sakikabara-onsenguchi Station (guests only)
    20 minutes from Ise Expressway, Hisai IC
  • Approx. 30 minutes by Kintetsu Railway from Sakakibara-onsenguchi Station
    GOAL Tsu Station

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