Ise Travel Guide

Ise City is located in the eastern area of Mie Prefecture.

Ise is home to “Ise Jingu Shrine”.  It is a famous shrine and it is not an exaggeration to say there isn’t a person in Japan that isn’t aware of it.  Here, Amaterasu, the God with the highest position in Japanese Shinto is enshrined.  Amaterasu is likened to the sun, and Ise Jingu is thought of as a hometown to the heart of the Japanese people.  Visiting Ise Jingu has long been a goal of many people in Japan and even when transportation was not easily accessible during the Edo period, hundreds of thousands of people visited from all over Japan.  The long trek to Ise Jingu in order to worship, may perhaps be the beginning of the concept of “journeying” to the Japanese people.

There are two shrines at Ise Jingu, “Ise Jingu Geku, Outer Shrine” and “Ise Jingu Naiku, Inner Shrine” and it is regular practice to worship at each in that order.

After visiting Ise Jingu, enjoy a stroll through Okage-yokocho Street area and Oharai-machi area.  Visitors can enjoy local gourmet such as Ise Tea and Ise udon noodles.  The contrast between the solemn Ise Jingu Shrine and the bustling streets in the area provide an experience as if visiting two different worlds.

The nearest station to Ise is Ise-shi Station or Ujiyamada Station.  However, it will take time when arriving from outside of the area because the bullet train does not pass through either of these station.  By train from the relatively close Nagoya Station, Osaka Uehonmachi Station, or Kyoto Station, it is 2 hours by train to Ujiyamada Station.  There is no airport in Mie Prefecture so visitors must use Central Japan International Airport in Aichi Prefecture when arriving by plane.

Tourism information: Ise

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