Welcome to Ise-Shima
Ise-Shima (伊勢志摩) is the bit of Mie Prefecture that juts out into the ocean. Far and away the top attraction here is Ise-jingū, Japan's most sacred Shintō shrine, believed to have been founded in the 3rd century. The buildings are rare examples of pre-Buddhist Japanese architecture: according to tradition, the shrines are rebuilt every 20 years, with exact imitations on adjacent sites according to ancient techniques – no nails; only wooden dowels and interlocking joints. The present buildings were rebuilt in 2013. With a car you can travel further along the coast, for seaside views and seafood lunches with local ama (mostly female professional shellfish divers), who are famous in these parts.