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Ise

Ise, located in the northwestern part of the Shima-hanto Peninsula in Mie, prospered as the shrine town of Ise-jingu.

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Ise

Ise, located in the northwestern part of the Shima-hanto Peninsula in Mie, prospered as the shrine town of Ise-jingu. Okage-yokocho Street, lined with 43 souvenir and food shops, reproduces scenes from the late Edo Period to the early Meiji Era, and attracts a number of visitors who come to experience the traditional atmosphere of a visit to Ise and the fashions of those times.

It is said in ancient mythology that Futami-ura was so beautiful that Princess Yamato-hime-no- mikoto, daughter of 11th Emperor Suinin, looked back twice to admire its beauty. The name "Futami," or to look twice, derives from this story. At the eastern end of Ise is Meoto-iwa, or the "couple rocks." The bigger rock is O-iwa, the male rock, and the smaller is Me-iwa, the female rock. They serve as a natural 'torii' gate (shrine gate) to Okitama Jinseki, a holy rock related to the god Sarutahiko of Futami Okitama-jinja Shrine. Kuguri-shima-no-ishi-mon is a strange, naturally carved rock found under the lighthouse of Cape Kozaki. Do-mon Gate is a rock formation carved naturally by waves into the shape of a heart that is hidden under water, emerging only at low tide.

The Ise-Shima Skyline Route, which starts from the inner precinct of Ise-jingu Shrine, passes near the top of Mt. Asama-yama and goes all the way to Toba, is a very pleasant drive. Kongosho-ji Temple, an important cultural property, is on the Skyline route, and the viewing spot in Asama-Sanjo-koen Park commands a superb overlook of Toba Bay and the Chita-hanto and Atsumi-hanto peninsulas. It is certainly worth taking the time to enjoy the view.

Things To Do in Ise

photo of Ise Grand Shrine - Geku & Naiku

Kansai | Mie | Ise

Ise Grand Shrine - Geku & Naiku

Ise Grand Shrine is one of the most important Shinto shrines in Japan and is rebuilt every twenty years while using traditional techniques.

photo of Mikimoto Pearl Island

Kansai | Mie | Ise

Mikimoto Pearl Island

Mikimoto Pearl Island is located in the Bay of Toba and can be accessed by using the bridge. It is a museum about pearls, cultivation, and Mikimoto Kokichi.

photo of Sengukan Museum

Kansai | Mie | Ise

Sengukan Museum

Sengukan Museum introduces and explains the Shikinensengu ritual that is held every 20 years.

photo of Azuchi Momoyama Bunka Mura

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Azuchi Momoyama Bunka Mura

Azuchi Momoyama Bunka Mura is a theme park centered on the Azuchi Momoyama Period (1573-1603).

photo of Spain Mura

Kansai | Mie | Ise

Spain Mura

Spain Mura is a theme park that focuses on Spain and is also known as Parque Espana.

photo of Meoto Iwa (Wedded Rocks)

Kansai | Mie | Ise

Meoto Iwa (Wedded Rocks)

Meoto Iwa are two sacred rocks that are connected by a shimenawa rope that is replaced three times a year.