Home to the heart of the Japanese people
Ise Jingu Shrine

A shrine with 2000 years of a history, wrapped in cool air. A pilgrimage to Ise Jingu Shrine, something which in the early modern era all Japanese people hoped to
make "at least once in their lifetime," should consist of a visit to both the inner Naiku, which is dedicated to the ancestral deities of the Japanese Imperial Family, and to the outer Geku, which is dedicated to the god of food and cereals. The designs and techniques of the unique Japanese shrine architecture in the Naiku, such as Ujibashi Bridge across the Isuzu River, the great torii gates, the main sanctuary enclosed within a fourfold fence and Kaguraden with its half-hipped roof, are all superb, and these structures are all rebuilt once every twenty years, a custom called Shikinen Sengu.

Naiku: Ujitachi-Town, Ise-City, Mie; Geku: Toyokawa-Town, Ise-City, Mie
Naiku: Approximately 15 minutes by bus from JR / Kintetsu Iseshi Station or Kintetsu Ujiyamada Station.
Geku: Approximately 5 minutes on foot from JR / Kintetsu Iseshi Station.

Introduction to Mie Prefecture

"Kumano Kodo," the cobbled pilgrimage routes leading to the sacred place that is Kumano Sanzan, were registered as a World Heritage site along with Ise Jingu Shrine in 2004. The routes are popular as original landscapes of Japan. Mie Prefecture is also the home of the Iga-school ninjas.

It is also a famously abundant source of seafood such as Ise spiny lobsters, abalones, oysters, and puffer fish, and is the place where Matsusaka beef, a well-known premium marbled Japanese beef, is produced.

In addition, there are lots of leisure spots, such as Suzuka Circuit, where Formula One races are held, Shima Spain Village, a complex of resort facilities, and Nagashima Spa Land.






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