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  • Chozuya At The Ise Jingu

  • Park Close To Ise Jingu

  • Torii At Ise Outer Shrine, Gekū

  • Ise Jingu Outer Shrine, Gekū

  • Priest At The Ise Outer Shrine, Gekū

  • Walking Path At The Ise Outer Shrine, Gekū

  • Ise Outer Shrine, Gekū

  • Oharaimachi Ise City

  • Okage Yokocho Near The Grand Shrine Of Ise

  • Okage Yokocho Near The Grand Shrine Of Ise

  • Ise Isuzu River

  • Ise Isuzu River

  • Ise Isuzu River View From The Uji Bridge

  • Ise Isuzu River

  • Ise Inner Shrine Naiku

  • Grand Shrine Of Ise - Ise Jingu

  • Ise Jingu Inner Shrine, Naiku

  • Cedar Tree Close To The Ise Jingu Inner Shrine

  • Ise Shrine Park

  • Priest At The Ise Inner Shrine, Naiku

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Facts & Figures

The Ise Shrine or Ise-jingu is the most sacred Shinto Shrine in Japan. Following the tradition the shrine must be rebuilt every 20 years on adjacent sites. The shrine is separated in two parts the Naikū or Kotai Jingū (Inner Shrine) and Gekū or Toyouke Daijingu (Outer Shrine). At Naiku Amaterasu-Omikami, the ancestral kami (spirit or life force) of the Imperial Family, is worshiped and at Gekū Toyouke-no-Omikami, the kami of agriculture and industry, is worshiped. The architecture style of these shrines, known as shinmei-zukuri, are purley Japanese. Ise-jingu is visited by app. 7,5 Mio pilgrims every year.

  • Ise Shrine - Geku and Naiku:
  • Opening Hours - 5:00 am to 6:00 pm – March and April, September and October
  • Opening Hours - 4:00 am to 7:00 pm – May till August
  • Opening Hours - 5:00 am to 5:00 pm – November and December
  • Opening Hours - 5:00 am to 5:30 pm – January and February
  • Admission Fee - free

History

Naiku (Inner Shrine) was founded about 2000 years ago. Gekū (Outer Shrine) was founded about 1500 years ago. The most sacred priestess there belong to the imperial family or their descendants. At the moment Takatsukasa Naotake is holding this position.

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Ise Shrine is located in Ise City in the Mie Prefecture at the Futami Bay.

How to get to Ise Shrine?

  • from Tokyo to Nagoya to Shima Peninsula
  • 100min from Tokyo to Nagoya by JR Tokaido Shinkansen
  • 80min from Nagoya to Ise-shi Station by Kintetsu limited express train
  • 5min from Ise-shi Station to Naikū (Inner Shrine)
  • 15min from Ise-shi Station to Gekū (Outer Shrine) by bus

Sightseeing spots

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Naikū (Inner Shrine) - the most sacred place in the Shinto religion

Gekū (Outer Shrine) - not every place is accessible by the public, but netherless a great place to discover the spiritual soul of Japan

Sengukan Museum - gives you an insight view about the process of rebuilding the Outer Shrine

Uji Bridge - is called the gateway to the sacred world, the bridge is 100m long and a great example of Japanese craftsmanship

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

April

Kagura-sai (5th till 6th)
Spring Festival will be celebrated at Naiku, the Inner Shrine, with sacred dance and music performances.

July

Ise Jingu Hono Zenkoku Fireworks Festival (14th)
Amazing fireworks competition of artists from Japan. You will see app. 9000 fireworks shoot in the air to celebrate the transfer of the god body to the shrine in 1953.

September

Kagura-sai (22nd till 24th)
Autumn Festival will be celebrated at Naiku, the Inner Shrine, with sacred dance and music performances.

October

Ise Ō-Matsuri (5th till 6th)
This is the biggest festival in Ise. Enjoy the parades in the city.