Owase city is located at the center of Higashikishu area, south part of Mie prefecture. Owase is on the south of Kihoku Town, on the north of Kumano City, on the east of Nara prefecture over Odai mountain range, and on west of the Pacific Ocean (Kumano Sea).
Blessed with nature of the Black current (Kuroshio) and warm-and-rainy climate, fishery and forestry have been flourished in Owase. In particular, a cypress grown by rich rain in this area is named “Owase hinoki” and is famed nationally for its durability and vivid red color.
On the other hand, geogprahic features of Owase give the city nine fishing ports including Owase Fishing Port. Each port has been developed by both inshore and offshore fisheries.
Additionally, Owase holds parts of Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes, a countless of travelers have passed through for pilgrimages to Kumano Great Shrines or Ise Great Shrine, was registered as UNESCO World Heritage on July 7, 2004 as the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range".
See English city guide (open PDF).
You should stop by Owase visitor center when you visit Owase. Staffs shall tell you useful tips that you can enjoy the trip in Owase more. There are staffs who can speak English.
Owase visitor center
12-14, Nakaimachi, Owase-shi, Mie, 519-3605, Japan
8:30-17:15 (Closed on Year-end and New Year holidays)
Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes
Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes was registered as UNESCO World Heritage on July 7, 2004 as the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range". Iseji ties two sacred places of Ise-jingu Shrine and Kumano Sanzan.
Ancient pilgrims made a pilgrimage to the Kumano Sanzan from Ise Shrine over numbers of passes and stone pavements. Its history, scenery, and culture are still alive.
More details can be found here. (Japanese Only)
Owase has many visiting spots including fishing village that was chosen for "100 best village in Japan". Machi no Eki (tourist-friendly spot) are also located in various spot in the city, so you shall find your own favorite spot by asking people at Machi no Eki for traveling tips.
There are many restaurants which serve fresh seafood caught at local fishing port. People in Owase are all friendly (even staffs in the restaurants!), so you should try making friends with them and ask them for a seasonal best.
From fresh seafood to branded timber "Owase-hinoki", there are many souvenirs in Owase. You should find your favorite gift.
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[Event Title] Owase Itadaki Ichi
[Date] Every first Saturdays *First and third Saturday on December. *Event not held in January.
[Place] Owase fishing port
Fresh seafood, dried-fish, vegetables, fruits, sweets, sozai, etc…
You can buy only in Owase! You can buy only in Owase! Owase's specialities meet together at Owase Itadaki Ichi and are sold at the special price. Owase Itadaki Ichi also offers concerts, kids' bazaar, and many other events every month. Additionally, you can ship what you buy instantly, so visitors from a distant area can enjoy shopping seafood and other items. Please come visit us at every first Saturdays!