Between Ise and Toba cities in Mie you will find the Ise Skyline road (1250 yen for cars; note that it isn't open 24 hours). It is a scenic route that will take you through an area dotted with oyster farms and dozens of restaurants offering up grilled oysters; some of which are "all you can eat" and at least one which I saw where you grilled your own outside on BBQs. I don't do oysters, so didn't partake, mind you. About 7km from the Toba end of the skyline is the observatory. The view over the ocean is gorgeous on a clear day.
On top of the building, you can enjoy the hot foot bath while enjoying the view. There is an honor box which asks for a 100-yen donation to use it. In winter and early spring, be sure to bring a towel to dry your feet.
Near the observatory is a temple, Kongoushou-ji. It isn't particularly amazing. Inside are three large golden holy items, but you can barely see them through the lattice work. At the top of the hill, however, is an interesting grave yard with 'fences' where each 2x4 is someone's tomb 'stone'.
Once you get to Toba, if driving from Ise, you could then drive along the "Pearl Road", another scenic drive that is free. We actually drove from Shima, up the Pearl Road, and then along the Skyline on our way back to Nagoya as it was overcast the day before.
There were signs for the entrance of the Ise Skyline in Ise, but if using a GPS, just put in the phone number of the observatory.
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