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“Huge historical place”

Ise Shrine (Ise Jingu)
Ranked #1 of 92 things to do in Ise
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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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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 Japanese imperial family, and is responsible for watching over the Shrine.

3  Thank Richard B
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

The shrine holds one of Japans most sacred treasures but is little known to foreign tourists (albeit very well known by the Japanese) and a visit to shrine(s) is definitely worth your time. The shine is actually a pilgrimage site and contains two main temples devoted to the worship of Amaterasu Omikami, the ancestral God of the imperial family and is the location for the Sacred Mirror (Yata no Kagami - no, you can't see it because it too sacred) and the lower temple dedicated to the God of industry and agriculture. The walk to the temple(s) is beautifully located in the forest with numerous sanctuaries scattered in the area.
The temple here was first constructed more than 1,500 years ago and is being rebuilt every 20 years to the EXACT same specification.
Just go there !

3  Thank Cragrat_DL
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

ISE Jingu Shrine is most prestigious shrine in Japan. This year falls on "Shikinen Sengu ceremony" performed once every 20 years. So my husband and I visited this time, using JR Bullet train and Kintetsu express train. ISE Jingu is composed of two large shrine sites, "Geku" and "Naiku". Firstly people should pay visit to "Geku" and pray for personal matters, e.g. happiness or healthy life of family. Then they go to "Naiku" and pray for something about our nation, e.g. prosperity of Japan. I was very impressed with the way people cleanse hands at Isuzu river before offering prayer and the sacredness of the inside of both "Geku" and "Naiku", surrounded by the vast forest equal of 25% of ISE city. Combined with the fresh air emitted from the woods, I feft special power from ISE Jingu Shrine. Also we went to "Okage yokocho" street and enjoyed famous "Tegone Sushi" (a kind of Sushi) and "Ise Udon". After "Sengu ceremony" or rebuilding of shrine, we will revisit to ISE Jingu again.

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Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

There are two parts to the Grand Shrine at Ise. Geku, or Outer and Naiku or Inner. Naiku is by far the more impressive but Geku has the Sengukan Museum (qv) which explains the 20 year rebuilding of the Shrines. If you're frustrated that all the buildings are hidden behind a high fence, you'll be able to satisfy your curiosity by viewing this museum. I went in one of those years so you could see both buildings. The old, moss-covered and the bright yellow new wood. The workmanship involved in these buildings is extraordinary (check out the Museum). So is the workmanship of the objects that are placed in the Shrines. The grounds are beautiful and restrained. I'm assured they're usually pretty deserted but this year they're a hive of activity, involving the citizens of every city in the area. There's a carnival atmosphere. Make sure you wash your hands in the Isuzugawa Mitarashi at Naiku; it's absolutely beautiful and unspoiled. Also visit the market street. Again it is very tasteful. Have tea and sweets in a quiet tea room. It's a really rewarding visit. If you can make it in 2013, especially in October you'll be lucky. But don't miss it.

2  Thank bariloche48
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