Ise-Shima National Park was dedicated in 1946 and became the first post-war national park in Japan. Located in the center of Mie Prefecture, Ise-Shima National Park includes several cities – Ise City, Toba City, Shima City and Minami Ise Town. The theme of this park is the harmony between human and nature, best understood by the roles of “satoyama” (the natural environment between mountain hills and arable land) and “satoumi” (the coastal area where biological productivity and biodiversity has increased through human interaction). Ise-Shima National Park is widely known for its dramatic scenery featuring beautiful scattered islands and the unique coastal topography of Ago and Gokasho Bays. It is also popular as the birthplace of pearl cultivation, and the culture of traditional Japanese women divers (ama) is a highlight of the region. For rich seafood and fascinating cultural history, there’s no better destination than Ise Shima.