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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 – …
Museum in Ise-Shima

Sengūkan

On the Gekū premises, this stunning museum illustrates Shikinen-Sengū, the ceremonial reconstruction of the buildings of the Ise shrines and transfer of the deities. There are pristine displays of techniques and too…
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…
Seafood in Ise-Shima

Osatsu Komado

In a hut overlooking the ocean, ama (professional, mostly female, shellfish divers) grill seafood lunches – including items from their morning haul – and entertain with stories about their (sometimes treacherous) li…
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…
Japanese in Ise-Shima

Butasute

This local institution specialises in gyū-don (sliced beef on rice). Early-morning shrine visitors can pick up menchi katsu (croquettes stuffed with minced beef; ¥150) from the takeaway counter. The shop is in Okage…
Sushi in Ise-Shima

Sushi-kyū

Occupying a former ryokan from the early 19th century, Sushi-kyū is known as the go-to spot for Ise's speciality, tekone-sushi (bonito dipped in soy sauce and served atop a rice bowl). It's served as a set that goes…
Sweets in Ise-Shima

Akafuku Honten

Akafuku has been making its signature style of mochi (pounded-rice cakes), coated in sweet adzuki-bean paste, for over three centuries. There are several branches around town, but it's worth visiting the main shop i…
Cafe in Ise-Shima

Isuzu-gawa Cafe

This cafe is in one of Oharai-machi's beautifully maintained wooden buildings, but set back from the street, with window- and terrace-front views over the clear waters of the Isuzu-gawa. Come before 11am to get the …