Kids Terrace Mie
Katte Shrine (5 min drive)
It is said to be built in 1200 years ago. It is a superb view point overlooking the Nabari-city. You also can see the beautiful sunrise from there. There is a stone lantern which is tangible cultural property of Mie Prefecture which is said to have been a work of the Northern and Southern Dynasties era.
Kuroda-Mudo Temple （5 min drive & 5 min walk）
It is located in the back of Katte shrine. This temple is dedicated to Acala, and is one of the most ancient temple of the city. It has three cultural property. The Wooden Acala (designated cultural property of the country), Amitabha Buddhist painting (city designated cultural property) Mandala Buddhist painting (city designated cultural property).
Hase-Temple(40 min drive)
They enrhrine a statue of the eleven-faced Kannon. A covered wooden staircase, 200 metres long, leads to the Hall from the Gate. Visitors are inspired in the spring, when they see the 700 bloomed Chinese peonies that line the staircase, also in the fall, when the leaves of the many maple trees in the temple turned red.
Toudaiji-Temple(1 hour drive)
Japan’s most famous, historically significant temple and a landmark of Nara.
Stories of the area
Nabari City is located in between Kasagi mountain range and Muro volcanic mountainous range, a quiet countryside where Uda river flows in the middle. Close enough to the ancient capital Nara and Kyoto, became the stage of history from early on. Even today, as the transport hub that connects Osaka and Mie area, it has been referred to as the west-entrance of Mie Prefecture. Looking at the map of the left, you know well that there is in almost the border of the neighboring prefecture! Kids Terrace Mie stands in the western part of Nabari called “Kechiba”, and is one of the 7 rural principal district of “Nishikio”
Origin of the name of ”Nishikio”
Yamatohime-god(she) who was looking for the place to sacre Amaterasu-god before she finally found the place in Ise and built Ise Shrine, over 2000 years ago. On the way, she enshrined Amaterasu-god in Nabari-ciry. At that time Japanese brocade was woven for the god in the village and so was origin the name of “Nishiki-o”(generate the woven).
Origin of the name of ”Kechiba”
One says a famous person in the history once connected his horse in the land that activity is called (kechi(tie) ma(hourse)), in Japanese, and ma(hourse) was transformed to “BA.” Another says, it was close to the place where “Kechigan field” (or “tie a link with the Gods” field) becomes Kechi(link) ba(place) in Chinese character.