Ise Jingu
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,206 contributions
Jan 2020
We were staying in Nagoya and took the 1 hour and 45 minute JR train to Ise. We visited on Thursday, January 2. Took the JR Rapid Mie and the cost was 2520 yen for the round trip. We actually bought the train tickets the day before. Once we arrived in Ise, we visited the Outer Shrine first since it is within walking distance. The Outer Shrine is believed to have been established 1500 years ago, 500 years after the Inner Shrine.

Then we took a bus for 310 yen per person to get to the Inner Shrine. That ride took 20 minutes. The Inner Shrine is Japan's most sacred shrine and believed to have been established over 2000 years ago.

Entrance is free for both shrines. The only problem we had with visiting on January 2 was that ALL the Japanese people were paying their respects and boy was it crowded. However, it was a Japanese type of crowded and everything was very orderly. I think had it been less crowded, it would have been more peaceful and enjoyable.
Written January 11, 2020
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soxfan1975
Needham, MA237 contributions
Jan 2020
We visited this shrine while on a cruise ship excursion from Toba. It is not very far from the port, and definitely worth visiting. Our five-hour excursion from Toba included the Grand Shrine and Okage Yokocho shopping area at Ise, the Futami Okitama shrine, Meotoiwa, and Pearl Island at Toba. This is a very spiritually meaningful and interesting place.
Written January 26, 2020
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Shlomi T
Nagano, Japan1,405 contributions
May 2021
The most holly ground in Japan! and a beautiful park all around the area.
This is by far the most important Shinto religion site in Japan.
Even if you are not so much into Buddhism or Shinto, the place is so beautiful.
Lots of green, green and more green.
The temple itself is very important in Japaneses couture, but not that special visually.
Written May 24, 2021
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Taziro
Malaga23 contributions
Jun 2011 • Couples
I guess that Ise Shrine must be beautiful. Neverthelss, don't try to discover it. My wife and I went from Kyoto in a day trip, and when we got there, after a few hours travelling, we discovered that the whole site is surrounded by wood fences, so that you can't see anything. It is not just that you can't visit the Shrine... you are not able to see anything at all. Indeed, I got quite upset with the Lonely Planet guide because it did not clearly explained this.
Written August 26, 2011
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Garys-Tribe
Wellington, UK1,474 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
ISE GRAND SHRINE
Another display of pure Japanese culture and tradition with an incredible Use Grand shrine at the center surrounded by beautiful woodland, a very very clear river that is also worshipped and lots of other minor but important shrines.

Our experience was surreal not religious but open minded to everything especially when we saw a group of people showing their hands towards an insignificant looking small tree with a rock beside the main temple.

As we placed our hands towards the tree we felt an amazing pulsating sensation vibrating through our hands up our arms. Standing there with about 20 other people the energy was wonderful and magical.

The park area is just beautiful with massive Cyprus trees everywhere some covered with bamboo at the base others with additional bark lined with copper,very unusual but no doubt has its own meaning and purpose.

Recommendations
Go and enjoy a lovely walk around the main shrine and park.
Visit the river as you will see the water so clear and pure.

Walk through the ancient town and enjoy the local culture.

Transportation & Time Required
Accessible by walking from the main train or bus line at Isuzugawa.
Parking is available closer to the main entry area.
Time required half day to full day.

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Written April 15, 2019
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LandStander82
New Westminster, Canada92 contributions
Sep 2013
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 a box to throw money into and a little house for a god.
Right now they are rebuilding the entire shrine as they do every 20 years; the problem with that is all you can see are brand new buildings with no historical value to them.
Worse still I was lead to believe that they used the traditional methods to reconstruct the buildings, but when we went they were clearly and unabashedly using modern power tools. What we observed first hand were nail gun, jackhammer and circular saw. Whether or not they use traditional methods for finishing details I cannot say.
So after going through all the pathways that are open to public, and not all are, and seeing nothing but new buildings and countless money boxes you may decide to go see the inner shrine. You've got your work cut out for you. You can walk for about an hour or pay for a ridiculously experience 20 minute bus ride.
INNER SHRINE
it's better than the outer shine, not hard. You can't go inside it though but they'll still take your money so you can pray, how nice of them.
I forgot to mention that at the outer shrine there is some kind of museum you pay to get into. I opted out. And a horse you may see.

All in all I've never seen a less impressive shrine or one that was more money hungry than this one.
I wad enormously disappointed.
Written September 26, 2013
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James F
Tokyo134 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
What can I say? This was a complete and utter disappointment. I have probably been to over 100 shrines in my time in Japan and I'd rank this at the very bottom.

First of all, what is so special about this shrine? Why is it one of Shinto's holiest and most important sites? It is supposedly home of the Sacred Mirror. Also, it was where Abe took the G7 delegation and taught them how to pray.

There are actually two main sites tourists visit: Geku and Naiku (the main site).

It is at the main site where the Sacred Mirror is reportedly kept. Now, visitors aren't allowed to enter anywhere. All you can do is walk up the gravel path to the entrance of the Inner Shrine. There, people can stand in front of a curtained gate to pray. Beyond that first gate is just a 'lawn' of pebbles. Photos are forbidden (although they don't make it so obvious). In short, there is absolutely nothing to see. Most local people seem to just go up and pray and that's it. To quote my Japanese girlfriend when we got to the focal point of the site: "This is IT?!"

Furthermore, and this is the same for both sites, all the buildings are rebuilt every 20 years. I believe all the interior goods, except for the mirror, are also replaced every 20 years. As such, everything looks brand new. They lack any decorations or anything to make the buildings remotely interesting. They could just be new onsen buildings.

Sure, the woods are beautiful, but in winter many trees are bare, and there is nothing unique about these woods. Many other shrines are in equally, if not more beautiful, surrounds.

I guess if you are a hardcore Shintoist, maybe this is an important pilgrimage site. If you are a tourist, I'd say you are missing out on nothing. Especially, if you only have a short stay in Japan, you'd be better off going elsewhere. Mie is a gorgeous prefecture, but for tourists with limited time, it doesn't provide a good return on investment (low bang for you buck).

The most enjoyable part for me was eating the different street foods and getting some local craft beers in the shopping street near the entrance to the Shrine grounds. We were also lucky enough to see the opening ceremony of a dance performance.
Written March 12, 2017
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shinjirarenai
Nagoya, Japan33 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
Wow. What a powerful place. Beautiful and spiritual. I didn’t have a lot of time and tried to do it all in one day, which I can say is not enough time. I do recommend taking it slow and doing it in two days.
Geku (outer shrine) is about a 20min bus ride to Naiku (inner shrine). Next time I visit, I think walking between the two would be fun as there are a plethora of other shrines to visit along the way. I went on a Sunday and the buses and shrines were CRAZY packed. Definitely a weekday would be the best option to visit.
Be aware that there isn’t a lot of English signage, but enough to get you around. Also you will not be able to view the main shrines as they shrouded behind other buildings and walls, is the head Shinto shrine after all. But this doesn’t detract from the experience. There are plenty of other surrounding shrines.
And remember don’t walk in the middle of the pathways, it’s where the gods walk!

Oh! And if you remember, try the Akafuku! Made to order - mochi and sweet red beans. So delicious!

Written February 23, 2018
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pikapippi
9 contributions
Jan 2018 • Solo
I am Japanese and have been there several times.

Firstly I have to say for foreigners that “this is NOT a travel attraction”

This is a religious place for shinto, like Makkah.
Please don’t expect english guide or funny attractions for tourists.

If you have strongly interested in Japanese culture, I recommend to come here. This is the best place to find the Japanese soul.
Since it is totally different from western culture, reading books about Shinto might help your understanding.

If you are on a shot trip or want easy to understand attractions, you should choose other places such as Osaka or Kyoto.
Written January 8, 2018
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tadJapan
Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan3,999 contributions
Jan 2014 • Couples
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 Ceremony, when shrine buildings are rebuilt and the deity is transferred from the old shrine to the new shrine. The old shrines are to be demolished in a few months. You should not miss the chance to see the both.
Written January 12, 2014
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