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It has always been a dream destination for Japanese people.

It has always been admired by Japanese people as a place where they hope to visit at least once in their lifetime. It’s also a place where you’ll want to visit time and time again.
You can be blessed with many advantages in life and you can also enjoy the beauty of the four seasons, Ise’s special culinary delights, and the vibrant street of Okage-Yokocho!

During the Edo period (1603-1868) it was said that, millions of people came to visit for important religious reasons. Ise Jinguu was later called “Okage-mairi,” because so many people came to visit to show appreciation to the God by saying, “Okagesamade.” Ise Jinguu is the spiritual hometown for everyone. Even today, many people visit to respect and show appreciation to the God. I’d like to introduce the Naiku part, where the guardian god of all Japan, Amaterasu O-mikami, is enshrined.

The nature of the sacred area and the majesty of the shrine

It takes about 10 min to get from the entrance to the main shrine. This large approach is a garden area that has been meticulously kept up.

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The harmonious blend of the shrine and its nature will move you for sure!
Naiku is located in the upper reaches of the Isuzugawa River, and it is here that you can clean your hands to wash your sins away. This River is really beautiful.

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This large tree, said to be a few hundreds years old, is also very stunning. Standing in front of it makes my heart calm and reminds me of the importance to appreciate God.

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It very was impressive to see many people bowing before entering the Torii gate. I felt the great majesty of Ise Jinguu. I came to realize the traditions of Ise Jinguu and how people have considered it as a spiritual hometown for a very long time.

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After praying, I felt my heart was purified and refreshed. I believe that this satisfaction is called “Okagesama.” Being able to pray at Ise Jinguu makes you very relaxed.

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You can find a variety of Omamori (charms).

Please try some of the local dishes at “Okage-yokocho”!

It starts just next to Naiku, and is best area for sightseeing. While enjoying this historical street, you can taste some of Ise’s special culinary delights such as Ise-udon, Tekone sushi, Matsuxaka beef, Oysters, and the “all-you-can eat” shops. You can also buy souvenirs and take a break and enjoy a cup of coffee after walking around if you get tired.

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Akafuku is the shop that almost everyone goes to and is the most famous one in Okage-yokocho!

It’s been around for 300 years and is famous for its delicacy, Akafuku-mochi, made from azuki beans and rice cake.
They offer Zenzai (sweet been soup) during the winter and Kakigoori (shaved ice) during the summer. You can also taste traditional sweets with Ise-cha tea. You can easily spot this place, because it usually has a long line out front. Dining-in is available, so try to drop by if you’re in Ise Jinguu.

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赤福善哉

If you get tired from your everyday life, please visit Ise Jinguu. You’ll get energized through praying and enjoying the delicious local foods that will eventually give you more of an appreciation for nature.
Ise Jinguu in Mie Prefecture doesn’t have an airport, so you will be coming from Itami aiport in Osaka, or Chubu International airport in Aichi Prefecture. You can also find some planned tours because of its popularity. I hope that you can have a chance to enjoy the nature and history of Ise Jinguu and at the same time, reinvigorate yourself!

【Access and Information】
⚫Ise Jinguu (Naiku): 1 Ujitachichō Ise-shi, Mie Prefecture
Phone : 0596-24-1111
Opening hours :
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Sep: AM 5:00- PM6:00
May, Jun, Jul, Aug: AM 5:00- PM7:00
Oct, Nov, Dec: AM 5:00- PM5:00
Official website : http://www.isejingu.or.jp/i_index.html

⚫Okage-yokocho : 52 Ujinakanokirichō Ise-shi, Mie Prefecture
Phone : 0596-23-8838
Opening hours: No holidays
Mar to Jul and Oct: 9:30〜17:30(During Apr to Jul’s weekend, opens till 18:00)
Aug & Sep: 9:30~18:00
Nov to Feb:9:30~17:00(Feb’s weekend, opens till 17:30)
Official website : http://www.okageyokocho.co.jp/

⚫Akafuku(Okage-yokocho)
Phone : 0596-22-7000
Opening hours : No holidays
AM 5:00 ~17:00(For zenzai and kakigoori they are sold from 9:00~17:00)※Time might be changed due to the busy season.
Official website : http://www.akafuku.co.jp/

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1 Ujitachichō Ise-shi, Mie Prefecture

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AUTHOR

aki

aki

Writer

I was born in the Kansai region, raised in the Kanto region, and am now, raising my child in the Tokai region! I have lived in many places, and from this, I consider myself good at quickly adapting to new locations. I can also speak the Kansai-ben dialect. I recently lived in Thailand and have come to love the people there! My favorite writers are Soseki Natsume and Hisashi Inoue.