This is The Jingu that reigns supreme over all other jingu in Japan.
This is the Jingu that is said that housed the Sacred Mirror which lured Amaterasu from her self imposed exile in a cave. (its a long story, if you are interested in Japanese mythology, read it up)
The Japanese believes that a spirit resides in everything, mirror, nature and all. The spirit is often refer to as Kami.
Shinto is a religion that worships that belief and is indigenous to the Japanese.
The Jingu in Ise is dedicated to the worship of Amaterasu, Goddess of Sun and the universe.
The Japanese believes the Emperors of Japan are direct descendents of Amaterasu.
To reach this sacred ground, alight at Jr Iseshi. From there, the outer Jingu is easily accessible on foot.
I would recommend a night stay as it would be a waste to rush through this place. It has much to offer in terms of sight and shopping.
From the Geku, the Naiku is about 6 km away, walkable if you are not carrying your bags and luggages and If you are not in a rush for time.
I opted for the walk, it is free and I can use the walk as an excuse to eat as much as I want later.
You will not be able to see the actual shrine as it is too sacred. The Shrine is fenced and security patrol the site to ensure no one tries to flaunt the rule.
From what I can peek and derived from my peeking, the real Jingu is nothing frivolous or pretentious. So simple and basic is the structure that it calls your attention. Brown and gold, wood and thatched reeds. No colorful ornaments, no elaborate carvings to feed our visual greed. Only the calmness of the nature as one with the Shrine.
The Naiku is rebuilt every 20 years as a part of the Shinto belief in death and renewal and the impermanence of life. The spot is chosen next to the site of the current shrine.
After you had your fill of sacredness, you can next proceed to the shopping streets where you must try the Ise Udon. It is a refreshing change from the normal udon. By the way, you cannot find Ise udon that taste like Ise udon in other parts of Japan.
Pearl is also a must buy item. Cheap (not dirt cheap but still a steal) and beautiful..
I would definitely visit this place again, for the udon, the pearl and of course the Sacred mirror in the Jingu.