Mie Prefecture is situated close to the center of Japan, along the pacific Ocean. The Prefecture has a long, thin shape, being longer in the north-south direction(approx.170km) than in the east-west direction(approx. 80 km), and covers an area of 5,777ｋ㎡.
It takes approximately 3 hours to reach Tsu City(the Prefectural capital of Mie) from Tokyo, 90 minutes from Osaka and 50 minutes from Nagoya.
The coastal Ise-Shima region, where the Summit was held, is famous for its deeply indented beautiful and complex coastline, the so-called Rias, or sawtooth, coastline, including Ago Bay.
In 2004, the Kumano-Kodo, an ancient route of Kumano, was registered as a World Heritage Site as the spiritual site and pilgrimage route of the Kii Mountains.
Among the Prefecture’s agricultural, forestry and fishery products, Iga rice, Ise tea, Matsusaka beef, Ise lobster, abalones, oysters, pearls, and Owase hinoki cypress are particularly famous, and greatly contribute to the attractions of Mie Prefecture, along with its long history and rich culture cultivated from ancient times.
In addition, the manufacturing industries, such as the transport equipment, electric equipment and petrochemical industries which have been the major driving force of the Japanese economy, have been developed in the northern area of Mie Prefecture. Many corporations offering advanced technologies to support these industries are also concentrated in this area.
Mie is the top prefecture in Japan in terms of the value of manufactured goods shipped per capita in the estimated prefectural economic growth up to 2025 and in the value of manufactured goods shipped in the electronics industry.
Furthermore, thanks to its rich natural environment, Mie Prefecture is also famous for its tourist industry, which offers many popular tourist destinations, including the Ise Shrine, Kumano-Kodo, various theme parks, ninja, and ama (female divers).