The Ise Grand Shrine, located within the city of Ise, Mie Prefecture of
Japan, is a Shinto shrine
dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu. Officially known simply as Jingu,
Ise Jingu is
a shrine complex composed of a large number of Shinto shrines centered
on two main shrines,
Naiku and Geku. The Inner Shrine, Naiku (also officially known as "Kotai
Jingu"), is located
in the south of central Ise, and is dedicated to the worship of Amaterasu,
where she is believed
to dwell. The shrine buildings are made of solid cypress wood and use no
nails but instead
The Outer Shrine, Geku is located about six kilometers from Naiku and dedicated
-Omikami, the god of agriculture, rice harvest and industry.$B!!(BBesides Naiku
and Geku, there are
additional 123 Shinto shrines in Ise City and the surrounding areas, 91
of them connected
to Naiku and 32 to Geku. Purportedly the home of the Sacred Mirror, the
shrine is one of
Shinto's holiest and most important sites. Access to both sites is strictly
limited, with the common
public not allowed beyond sight of the thatched roofs of the central structures,
four tall wooden fences. However, tourists are free to roam the forest,
including its ornamental
Ise Grand Shrine $B!!0K@*?@5\!!(Bvideo
(L) A road map to Gaiku (R) Hiyokebashi bridge $B2P=|66(B
(L) The board to explain the origins of the Gaiku (R) cherry blossom flowers
are in full bloom.
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(L) Torii at Ujibashi bridge and rickshaw-man (R) A map guidance to Naiku
Isuzu Riverside site for purification
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(L) Huge trees in Ise Grand Shrine $B5\0hNS(B (R) Stone steps leading to the main
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Ujibashi Bridge and Isuzu River
During the Edo period, it is estimated that one out of ten Japanese conducted
an Okage Mai-Ri
pilgrimage to the shrine. As a result, pilgrimage to the shrine was flourished
in both commercial
and religious frequency. Because the shrine is considered as a sanctuary,
no security checkpoints
were conducted, as it was considered sacrilege by the faithful. The two
main shrines of Ise are
joined by a pilgrimage road that passes through the old entertainment district
Okage Street for souvenir and food shops
(L) Okage Street (M) Ise-Udon, a noodle (R) Assorted fresh fish and shrimp
(L)Okage Street (R A head shop of Akafuku, a delicious sweet rice cake
(L) Many Japanese food shops are joining eaves. (R) 'Meshi' means a cooked
rice. It is derived from the meaning of that; 'please eat it.'
(L) A lucky cat that brings a fortune stands on the Okage street corner.
(R) Isuzu River outside Naiku
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