No guarantor required! Weekly and monthly rates available. Good for short and long-term stay.
Ise Grand Shrine
Ise Grand Shrine is one of the most sacred places in Japan, and is known worldwide. It has a history of over 2,000 years. The deity of this shrine is the sun goddess, and the goddess of food, clothing, and shelter. The sun goddess is known as Amaterasu Omikami, and she reigns over the many gods of Japan. This why visiting Ise Grand Shrine at least once in their lifetime has been among the hopes of many people in Japan from long ago. It is known as a one of Japan’s top power spots today, and is always bustling with the many visitors.
- 1 Ujitachi-cho, Ise-shi, Mie
- Contact No.
- 15 minutes by Mie Kotsu Geku-Naiku Loop Bus from Kintetsu Iseshi Station
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 2.5 hours
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.
Amaterasu Omikami, enshrined at Ise Grand Shrine, is the female god that rules over all the gods of Japan. The Imperial family of Japan is said to be descendants of Amaterasu Omikami, and a member makes regular visits to this shrine. She is the goddess with the power to spread light throughout the world, so it is understandable that many people would want to visit this shrine
Geku (Outer Shrine)
Visiting the outer shrine of Ise first has been common practice among visitors to Ise Grand Shrine from long ago. The goddess of food, clothing, and shelter is enshrined here, and she has been offered prayers with a meal twice a day (morning and evening) every day for over 1,500 years without exception. At the outer shrine, visitors have the opportunity to learn more about Ise Grand Shrine at the Sengu Museum.
Naiku (Inner Shrine)
The inner shrine is the most sacred place at Ise Grand Shrine. It is here that the sun goddess is enshrined, within a building that is made up of five layers of enclosures. So it is not possible to see inside the shrine from the outside. In the past, only the emperor was allowed to make offerings here, but nowadays anyone can visit this shrine and make offerings.
This shrine is located a little bit before the inner shrine. The god that leads believers on the right path and opens the road before them is enshrined here. It is said that those who are looking for direction in regards to work or studies can make an offering at this shrine, and a clear and good path will be opened up for them.
This town has flourished from long ago as the town at the entrance to Ise Grand Shrine. The mat-like stone paved streets and old-fashioned buildings and homes lining said streets ooze with a special atmosphere. Visitors can get a taste of what it would be like to travel back in the Edo period here.
Okage Yokocho is an area in Oharai Town, where visitors can learn about the world of Japanese Mythology at the mythology centre, enjoy Ise’s speciality foods at the restaurants and stalls, take part in Japanese culture classes and more. With so much to this, this area is always lively with visitors.
Ise Specialty: Ise Udon
Nakai-ya is a restaurant in Oharai that specialises in Ise Udon. The noodles of Ise Udon are thicker than normal udon, and have a soft and sticky texture and are served along with a sweet sauce. Diners can also choose from toppings such as egg or tempura, etc. for a delicious meal!
Ise Specialty: Akafuku Mochi
Akafuku Mochi is Ise’s most famous sweet treat. The Akafuku Mochi of Akafuku Honten is a simple type of Japanese sweet made by covering mochi (rice cakes) completely in red bean paste. The soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture and simple sweetness is comforting to weary travelers who have made their offerings at the shrines. Shaved ice with Akafuku topping is a great option in summer.