Earlier this year we took four days off and explored the Atsumi and the Ise peninsulas. We took the ferry from Cape Irago to Toba passing by Toshi Island. We drove south along the peninsula as far as the Daiozaki lighthouse in Shima, staying over night in magnificent Ago bay. We then spent a couple of days exploring the castles and shrines along the coastline between Toba and Tsu, taking in the Grand Ise shrine and the Ise shima skyline, before heading back to Tokyo via the ferry.
Castles visited included Yoshida, Toba, Tamaru, Matsusaka and Tsu.
This is a great way to see this part of the country, the ferry ride across the Ise bay took in some magnificent and rugged scenery. There is so much to see and do from the cultural and historical sites to the magnificent scenery of the Ago bay. We could have easily used a few more days and it is certainly a place I will come back to and highly recommend visiting.
This castle ruin is also know as the hundred poems castle. It sits high on the cliff, and was a large sea castle built around 1460 by Mariya Takeda to oversee and protect the bay from the Satomi clan. The castle fell into the hands of the Satomi clan in 1537 and was renamed the 100 neck elephant castle. The castle changed hands several more times and was eventually abandoned in 1590.
The shrine at the top of the ridge is thought to have been built around 718 and is known as the Three Pillar or Rusty Daimyojin. For those who like to explore this castle ruins has plenty to see and can been done in conjunction with Kururi castle for any easy day trip from Tokyo.