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Naiku, which dates from the 3rd century, enshrines Amaterasu-Omikami, the sun goddess, the guardian of the nation and the protector of the Imperial family. The Shoha Art Museum displays watercolors by Ito Shoha , a daughter of a former priest of the temple. Geku, which dates from the 5th century, enshrines the Shinto goddess of clothing, food and housing - Toyouke Omikami. Both shrine precincts are set in ancient forests of giant cryptomeria trees sugi , with lakes, ponds and large stones much in evidence.
The wooden buildings of the shrines are rebuilt every 20 years and re-consecrated in solemn nocturnal ceremonies. The next rebuilding project is set for The wood is presently brought from the Kiso Valley in Nagano Prefecture , though a replanting project is underway in the forests around the shrines, so that one day the timber can once again be supplied locally. Naiku houses the sacred mirror of the Emperor, one of the three pieces of regalia of the Japanese Imperial family, the others being sacred jewels in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo and a sacred sword in Atsuta Shrine in Nagoya.
Both the Naiku and Geku shrines and their grounds are free to enter between sunrise and sunset. There is a free English language guide to both sites available at both shrines. Performances of dance and music are often performed at the shrine office building in the Naiku.
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The main access to the Naiku takes the visitor along the Oharaimachi , a modern reconstruction of an Edo merchants' quarter with some good places to eat and drink. On weekends this area is thronged with visitors, who sample the many local foods and drinks on offer including soba noodles, unadama - eel balls - Ise craft beers and red bean paste buns. Oharaimachi and Okage Yokocho also have a number of souvenir shops, many of them specializing in wood products such as statues. Many of the buildings have been taken over by NPOs to showcase local industries and crafts and there are some atmospheric places to eat in the area or stroll on the canal bank.
A taxi to the area from the station will cost around or yen. There is a local weekend produce market on the street leading from Ise Station to Geku Shrine. Local delicacies in Ise include lobster Ise-ebi , noodles, Ise-udon and the sweet dessert akafuku , a rice cake with red bean jam. The following three accommodations are recommended options for staying in Ise City close to Ise Jingu. No photography is allowed inside this building. The buildings may not be as gaudy, ornamental or colorful as their Buddhist counterparts, but the animistic nature of the religion has always appealed to me.
The idea that anything could house a god and deserves worship is, in my mind, a beautiful concept. As I walked along the overcrowded pathways of Ise Jingu Shrine and watched the visitors around, I was reminded of this idea.
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Originally from Seattle and currently living in Japan for four years now, working as a writer and an English teacher. I especially love to get away from the crowds and visit places that are less traveled. I hope my experience will let you get a feel for the country and the unique mixture of traditional and modern culture! Ise Jingu 0 Iseshima is an area about two hours east of Osaka that attracts visitors year-round.
Iseshima is well known for its seafood and pearl products, and has been designated a national park. A theme park and an aquarium are also well-known attractions in the area, but the most visited spot by far is Ise Jingu Shrine.
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