Main City: Tsu
Population: 1,816,000 people, ranking 22/47 prefecture (2015) 
Area: 5,777 km2 
Geographical / Landscape description
Mie Prefecture forms the eastern part of the Kii Peninsula, and borders on Aichi, Gifu, Shiga, Kyoto, Nara, and Wakayama. It is well located between Nagoya, Osaka and Kyoto making the three cities in easy reach. It has a varied landscape that includes mountains, plains and coastline. Nearly one third of the total area of the prefecture is designated as nature reserves and parks, one of the highest rates in Japan. 
The climate is warm with an average annual temperature of 14 to 15 °C. The north features snow falls, while the southern region is known as one of the rainiest areas in Japan. 
Time zone: GMT +7 in summer (+8 in winter)
International dialling code: 0081
Recent history, culture
The prefecture is home of the Ise Jingu shrine. It is the supreme shrine where Amaterasu Omikami, the ancestral goddess of the Imperial Family and the overall patron goddess of Japan, worshipped nearly 2000 years ago. One of the peculiarities of Ise Jingu is the renewal ceremony that takes place every 20 years during which the old shrine is demolished and rebuilt nearby using the same construction techniques used in past centuries. 
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