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Wonder at the Spirituality of Shinto's Sacred Sites in Ise
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Learn how to worship at "Ise Jingu" and explore the area!


There are over 80,000 shrines in Japan; Ise Grand Shrine is special as it is considered to be the most prestigious. 
We will take you to Naiku, dedicated to the god of the Imperial family, and Geku, dedicated to the god of meals, as well as other shrines. 
In the Edo era when trains and cars did not exist, millions of people visited Ise Jingu to pray. You will understand when you see the paintings. 
You can also try Ise's specialties such as Akafuku and Udon♪ 
You may find out an interesting aspect of the Imperial family when you visit their gorgeous accommodations. 
otomo guide will show you the profoundness of shrines.

Highlights


・otomo guide will take you around Ise Jingu using the official routes.
・You will visit a variety of shrines.
・You can visit the gorgeous accommodation which the Imperial family used.

Attractions


・Toyouke-Daijingu: Ise Grand Shrine consists of two main shrines: the Outer Shrine, and the Inner shrine. Let's start your Ise trip at Geku. Many Japanese tend to skip worshipping at Geku but the proper way to worship at Ise Jingu is to first visit Geku and then go to Naiku! Enjoy the atmosphere of the sacred sites.
・Sarutahiko Shrine: A shrine dedicated to the god of guidance. If you are struggling with making decisions about your future, you can worship here for guidance. The god of entertainment is also venerated at the Sarutahiko shrine. 
・Naiku Okage pilgrimage passage (underground pilgrimage passage): Hundreds of years ago, it was a once in a lifetime dream for Japanese to visit Ise Jingu. As such, over 3 million people visited in a single year back when there were no trains or cars. As you take the underground passage, you will see some paintings that describe the prosperity of that time.
・Okage Yokocho, Ise Naiku Mae: In front of you is the same scenery you just saw in the painting! Okage Yokocho is lively with people worshipping just as they did in the past. How about having a bite of Ise's specialties before you visit the shrine? otomo guide will take you to our recommended shops.
・Ise Jingu (Naiku): Finally we will worship at Naiku. The shrine is rebuilt every 20 years. It is said that the god of Ise Jingu is dedicated to the ancestor of the Imperial family. As you can see, there are many hidden secrets! Find out for yourself why Ise Jingu is said to be so special.
・Akafuku Futami Branch: There are a couple of Akafuku shops in Ise which are famous for sticky rice cakes (mochi) topped with tasty red bean paste. It is one of the most famous Japanese sweet shops with a history of more than 300 years. You can also enjoy zenzai, a traditional sweet dessert made with red bean paste and mochi which is served in a bowl, and green tea (matcha). 
・HINJITSUKAN: A former accommodation/resting space for guests visiting Ise Jingu, built over 130 years ago. You can enjoy the mixture of Japanese traditional architecture and Western design. There are displays where you can learn about the Japanese royal family.
・Meotoiwa: We will finish up this tour by looking at the scenery of the ocean. The two rocks floating in the ocean is another spiritual spot. Experience and learn the resonance of Shinto religion: the belief that God resides in symbolic places in nature.

Notes

・Please wear comfortable clothing as this tour involves a lot of walking.
・We have not included any particular lunch/dinner places on this tour, but you are welcome to stop for a break and eat whenever and wherever you like.
・"HINJITSUKAN" is closed on Tuesdays, "Akafuku Futami Branch" is closed on Wednesdays, and if any of the scheduled places are closed on the day you visit, your tour guide will take you to an alternate location.

Expenses Not Included

The travel expense is not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
(Entrance fees, transportation fees, activity fees, etc. - at least about JPY2,000 /person)

Meeting Point

Ticket Exit at Iseshi station



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