Mie Center for the Arts
From Mie Guidebook
The Mie Center for the Arts (三重県総合文化センター mie-ken sōgō bunka sentā) is large complex in Tsu supported by the prefectural government. It houses the Mie Prefectural Library, a concert and rehearsal hall, a women's center, an art gallery, and more. It also puts up a nice light display around Christmas time.
It is significant to the Mie JET community as it is the location of the ALT Mid-Year Seminar, a two-day event held in mid-January each year that is mandatory for all ALTs in Mie. Though the official "venue" of the seminar may be the Gender Equality Center or some other name, in reality they are all part of the Mie Center for the Arts complex.
Note: This facility is sometimes referred to as the 文化会館 (bunka kaikan). There are two facilities in Tsu that could be termed "bunka kaikan". Be sure to use its official name (sōgō bunka center), especially when searching for its location on services like Google maps.
- 〒514-0061 三重県津市一身田上津部田1234
- 1234 Kōzubeta, Isshinden, Tsu-shi, Mie-ken, 514-0061
- Official map
- Google map (with route highlighted) : If navigating to this location on your phone, be sure to point Google maps to the 三重県総合文化センター (mie-ken sōgō bunka sentā)
- MieJETs map:
- Go out the station's west exit (on the Kintetsu side).
- There is a car pick up/drop off area just outside the west exit. Head along the road on the far side of this area -- along the road that heads away from the train tracks, not parallel to them.
- You will soon come to a 4-way intersection with a stop light. There is a dance studio on your right, and a small park on your left across the road.
- Keep heading straight in the direction your were going from the station. You will be going uphill for awhile. Head in this direction for approximately 30 minutes.
- You will pass the Mie Prefectural Education Center where the November planning meeting was held. The Mid-Year Seminar is not held here, keep going straight.
- About 30 minutes out from Tsu Station you should see a large complex on your right, with a pond in front of it and a large parking lot adjacent -- you have arrived.
Lunch is easily available in the area.
There is a MaxValu as well as a number of restaurants nearby including a ramen shop, an organic buffet place, a FamilyMart, a Bamiyan, and Okonomiyaki place, and a McDonald's. All are within a short walk of the complex. The ramen shop is next door (across the parking lot), and everything else is behind the complex in the direction of Route 10.
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