#500 Ise Jingu

Ise Grand Shrine (called Ise Jingu) is the main Shinto temple in Japan.

It’s nestled in the quiet Mie prefecture.

mie

Since Mie isn’t on the shinkansen line it isn’t as easy to get to as other main tourist spots.

It would take about three hours from Tokyo or two hours from Osaka.

But it has over 7 million visitors per year.

This shrine follows the Shinto beliefs in the Sun Goddess Ameterasu.

Many non-Shinto followers outside Japan have heard of the story Okami in which Ameterasu is in the form of a wolf.

ookami

(also made into a Playstation game)

She is also the mythological ancestor of Japan’s imperial royal family.

Ameterasu is enshrined at Ise Jingu.

The shrine covers a wide area and is really made up of many smaller shrines.

Takakura-yama(Ise)_01

The outer shrine – called geku – is the main part people go to see.

geku

It has iconic roofing and a peaceful atmosphere.

It is a little out of the way but it is one of the most sacred spots in Japan!

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