Ise-Shima attractions

Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Ise-Shima

Naikū

Ise-jingū's inner shrine is dedicated to the sun goddess, Amaterasu-Ōmikami, considered the ancestral goddess of the imperial family and guardian deity of the Japanese nation. Naikū is particularly revered because i…
Shinto Shrine in Ise-Shima

Ise-jingū

Believed to have been founded in the 3rd century, Ise-jingū is Japan's most venerated Shintō shrine. It’s in two parts – Gekū, the outer shrine, and Naikū, the more important inner shrine, several kilometres away – …
Shinto Shrine in Ise-Shima

Gekū

Ise-jingū's outer shrine dates from the 5th century and enshrines the god of food, clothing and housing, Toyo'uke-no-Ōmikami. Daily offerings of rice are made by shrine priests to the deity, who is charged with prov…
Street in Ise-Shima

Oharai-machi

This street approaching Naikū was developed in the Edo period (1603–1868), when pilgrimages to Ise-jingū were at an all-time high, to provide visitors with food, drink and souvenirs. It's still doing that, and while…
Shinto Shrine in Ise-Shima

Shinmei-jinja

Popularly known as Ishigami-san, this humble shrine is dedicated to the goddess Tamayori-hime and has long been a place for the area’s ama (traditional shellfish divers) to pray for safety. Between 9am and 5pm a kio…
Museum in Ise-Shima

Sengūkan

At the entrance to Gekū, this museum illustrates Shikinen-Sengū, the ceremonial reconstruction of the buildings of the Ise shrines and the transfer of the deities. It was closed for renovation at the time of researc…