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Ise Shrine (Ise Jingu)

Ise, Mie Prefecture 516-0023 , Japan
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Ranked #1 of 34 attractions in Ise
Type: Religious Sites
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The place was beautiful, but the overnight trip on the bus to the place was way too tiring. And only go if you're OK with crowds.

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Shimonoseki, Japan
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252 attraction reviews
323 helpful votes 323 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Ise Shrine was rebuilt last year. It is rebuilt every 20 years. They say it was the 62nd rebuilding! We visited both Outer Shrine and Inner Shrine. Compared with what we saw 2 years ago, the rebuilt shrines looked so holy and beautiful! They are not painted, simply showing the natural wood color. The rebuilding festival is called the Shikinen-sengu... More

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Orange, Australia
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228 reviews 228 reviews
177 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

I am Japanese and personally I highly recommend this shrine to foreign visitors to Japan. Shinto is the Japanese original religion and this shrine is the most sacred Shinto shrine of Japan. I can get detailed information on its English website and especially Manga Ise Jingu section is useful to learn about the shrine. Google "Manga O-Ise-san".

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London, United Kingdom
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116 reviews 116 reviews
9 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

A very crowded place even mid week with no children around, very few international tourists. You cannot enter the shrines, lovely trees and scenery. The local town is great for walking around and street food and souvenir shopping.

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Stockholm, Sweden
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Hopeless city of Ise with absolutely no information in English on how to get around and where to stay etc. Why can't Ise be like all other Japanese towns these days - welcoming to foreign visitors. The shrine is half hidden behind wooden fences and you can only peek over the top to see it. Unless you are a Shinto... More

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New Westminster, Canada
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84 reviews 84 reviews
67 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013 via mobile

I've seen a lot of shrines on my Japan trip, both Buddhist and Shinto, and this was by far the worst one yet. I was surprised since this is Japan's "most important shrine". OUTER SHRINE: The overall area is huge but they don't make good use of it. There are many long gravel paths with nothing at the end but... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Totally worth the visit and time! This is a real tourist draw card, so get there first thing in the morning. Make sure you first visit the smaller shrine, then take the 10 minute car ride to Ise-jingu shrine. You won't regret it, and the whole family will enjoy the walk around the many shrines.

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Sydney, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

This year is the year that the gods move house. Ever 20 years the buildings of the shrine are renewed. At the moment you can glimpse the brown and weathered old, and the bright gold of the new shrine buildings, side by side. Throw a couple of 50 or 100 yen coins, clap twice, bow and say your prayer... (never... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
24 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

This shrine was full of families and young people. The food is delicious, and you can try ice-cream made of pearls! The streets are all constructed like historical Japanese buildings, even the banks, convenience stores and the post-office. The shrine has some parts made of gold and you can wash your hands inside the river that cross this place.

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Kansas City, MO
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Purportedly the home of the Sacred Mirror, the shrine is one of Shinto's holiest and most important sites. Access to both sites is strictly limited, with the common public allowed to see little more than the thatched roofs of the central structures, hidden behind four tall wooden fences. The high priest or priestess of Ise Shrine must come from the... More

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