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  • Ise Jingu
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujitachichou 1
    This shrine in Ise City is the Honshuji of the Jinja Honcho (Association of Shinto Shrines). Its official name is simply Jingu, and it has been familiarly called O-Ise-san since long ago. The name “Jingu” is actually used as a general term to refer to 125 jinja (shinto shrines) including the two shogu of Naiku, dedicated to Amaterasu-Omikami, and Geku, dedicated to Toyo’uke-no-Omikami as well as other betsugu (associated shrines) and setsumatsu-sha (auxiliary or subsidiary shrines). When making a pilgrimage to Ise, the official order of the pilgrimage is to enter the Naiku from the Geku. Once every 20 years the shaden (the main building of a Shinto shrine) of the Naiku, Geku and 14 other betsugu are reconstructed and the enshrined objects are transferred from the old to the new structures.

    There's a reason this is one of the most important shrines in Japan - the sun goddess lives here! But aside from that, this has to be one of the most beautiful and peaceful shrines we've ever visited...

  • Ise Jingu Naiku
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujitachichou 1
    This is the other one of Ise Jingu’s shogu, officially called Kotaijingu. It is considered to have begun when the imperial princess Yamato-hime-no-miya determined that Amaterasu Omikami would be enshrined on the banks of the Isuzugawa River. Crossing over the Ujibashi Bridge and proceeding along the long gravel path that approaches the shrine over which Japanese cedar trees tower, one will arrive at the o-seiden (main building), which is enclosed by multiple layers of fencing. The vast grounds include a kagura hall, betsugu (an associated shrine), and free rest areas for worshippers, and the entire area is enveloped in a sacred atmosphere. Visitors can take a bus from Isuzugawa Station or Ujiyamada Station and get off at the Naiku-mae stop.
  • Futami Okitama-jinja Shrine
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Futamichoue 575
    A Shinto shrine famous for the Meoto Iwa (“Married Couple Rocks”) situated 700 meters off the coast. The shrine is dedicated to the god Sarutahiko Okami. The offshore Meoto Iwa are sacred rocks affiliated with Sarutahiko Okami. The rocks serve as a torii gate for those worshiping the sun. Because of their resemblance to a married couple cuddling close, the Meoto Iwa are said to be a symbol of matrimonial harmony and luck in love. Each year, on the summer solstice, you can come to worship the morning sun as it rises between the rocks. Numerous Futami frog statues, messengers of the gods donated by people whose prayers at the shrine were granted, can be found on the shrine grounds.

    A Shrine dedicated to the prosperity of married couples where people come to pray at sunrise. The summer solstice the sun rises center to the sacred Meitowa. The frogs are considered auspicious signs...

  • Tsubaki Grand Shrine
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    Mie Pref. Suzukashi Yamamotochou 1871
    A Shinto shrine; the inner sanctuary enshrines the shrine’s principal god, Sarutahiko Okami. Sarutahiko Okami is worshipped as a god of fortune who brings peace and happiness to all living creatures. He is also believed to provide such benefits as safe travels, luck in love, bountiful children and grandchildren, protection from evil, and better fortunes. A teahouse called the Suzumatsu-an can be found on the shrine grounds. The teahouse, together with a garden, was donated to the temple by Konosuke Matsushita, founder of Panasonic, in prayer for the further development and growth of the tea ceremony. The teahouse is open to the general public and is not dedicated to a specific tea ceremony school.
  • Sarutahiko Shrine
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujiurata 2-1-10
    Sarutahiko Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Sarutahiko Okami. It is recorded in the ancient Kojiki and Nihon shoki that the great god Sarutahiko Okami guides everything towards the best state. According to legend, after guiding Amaterasu’s grandson to Takachiho, he married Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto. He then chose to reside in Ise and from there guided the development of the nation. A shrine known as the Sarume Shrine, dedicated to Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto, is located on the shrine grounds. When the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami hid herself in a cave, she was persuaded to come out again after a kagura performance of song and dance by Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto. Accordingly, she is worshiped as the goddess of the performing arts.

    猿田彦神社の境内にひときわはなやかな様子で鎮座しているのが佐瑠女神社 です。 ご祭神の天宇受売命(あめのうずめのみこと)は猿田彦大神の妻であり、天照大御神(あまてらすおおみかみ)が天岩窟(あめのいわや)にこもられたときに神楽をされ、大御神が再び現れて平和な世を迎えられたと伝えられます。 このことから芸能の神様として信仰され芸能関係の方も多く訪れるそうです。

  • Shinmei-jinja Shrine (Ishigami-san)
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    Mie Pref. Tobashi Ousatsuchou 1385
    A Shinto shrine located in Osatsu Town, famous for its ama female divers and fisherman. The small Shinto shrine located on the approach to the main shrine is locally known as “Ishigami-san.” The shrine is dedicated to the goddess Tamayori-hime. Since ancient times, ama female divers have come to the shrine to pray for safety and large catches. Due to this association, legend has it that the shrine will grant one wish to any woman who prays here. Women from all over the country come to visit the shrine. There is a shop and café housed inside a remodeled private home along the approach to the shrine which sells handmade tokoroten jelly noodles and souvenirs.
  • Ueno Park
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    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenomarunouchi 122-1
    This castle ruin park stretches in front of the Iga Line's Uenoshi Station. A characteristic of the symbolic Iga Ueno Castle is the high stone wall built by Todo Takatora, a military commander in the Warring States period. It is also called Hakuho Castle (white firebird castle) because of the beauty of the white, three-tiered castle. There are an array of facilities in the park overflowing with history such as the Iga-ryu Ninja Yashiki (Iga style ninja mansion) with surprise twists and secret doors, the Haiseiden (Matsuo Basho Memorial) that is modeled after Basho's traditional Japanese travel outfit, and the Basho Memorial Museum. Especially at the ninja mansion, they demonstrate Iga-style ninja techniques, and everyone from history fans to children can enjoy themselves. In addition, there are many different flowers that bloom throughout the year, and it is especially famous as a place to view cherry blossoms. It is visited by many cherry blossom viewers in April.
  • Iga Ueno Castle
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    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenomarunouchi 106
    This castle is also called the Hakuho (white phoenix) castle as the white shining walls of this three-story castle look almost like a phoenix resting its wings. Distinguished castle designer Todo Takatora, who took up the position of feudal lord of Tsu Domain, Ise Province originally built a five-story castle keep but it was destroyed during a great storm in 1612. The current castle keep was restored in 1935. The beautiful stone walls with a height of 30 meters as well as the inner moat remain as they were at the time when Takatora designed them, and the castle was designated as a national historic site in 1967, while the castle keep was designated as an Iga City Tangible Cultural Property in 1985.

    A lot is made of Iga-Ueno's connection with the Ninja. Probably was good once upon a time but now quite overdone. The castle itself is about average as Japanese small castles go with so-so displays...

  • Mie Prefectural Museum (MieMu)
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    37 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Tsushi Isshindenkoudubeta 3060
    This museum opened in 2014. To reach it, take a bus for five minutes from the west entrance of Kintetsu, JR, and Ise Railway's Tsu Station and get off at the Sogo Bunka Center Mae stop. It's right there. The museum is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the prefecture. Its main exhibition room depicts Mie's characteristic natural environment around the perimeter of the room, and in the middle presents a comprehensive overview of its people, physical items, and history of cultural exchange. You can also see a fully reconstructed ancient elephant known as the Mie Elephant, consisting of the oldest fossils to be discovered in Mie prefecture. In the back yard there's a reproduction of the Torii Kofun burial mound's stone hut.

    Interesting exhibits from Mie Prefecture. Nice informative exhibits on the geography, culture and history of Mie prefecture. Most of the information is presented in Japanese. They do have a free...

  • Tsukiyomi-no-miya
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Nakamurachou 742-1
    The God Tsukiyomi-no-Mikoto, who controls the phases of the moon and governs over the calendar, is enshrined here at Tsukiyomi-no-miya, an associated shrine of Inner Ise Shrine. After the gods Izanagi-no-Mikoto and Izanami-no-Mikoto gave birth to the Sun Goddess Amaterasu they then gave birth to Tsukiyomi-no-Mikoto. Tsukiyomi is said to be one of the pillars of the gods. Tsukiyomi-no-Mikoto was entrusted with governing the night world. The shrine is about a 10-minute walk from Isuzugawa Station on the Kintetsu Toba Line.
  • Ise Jingu Geku
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Toyokawachou 279
    This is one of Ise Jingu’s shogu and enshrines the deity Toyo’uke-no-Omikami, who provides companionship and sacred food to Amaterasu-Omikami. The official name is Toyo’ukedaijingu. Toyo’uke-no-Omikami is revered as the guardian deity of industry related to the necessities of life (food, clothing & shelter) as well as various other types of industry. In addition to the Shogu, the premises of which are covered in white gravel, is the Magatamaike Pond where there is a Kiyomori camphor tree related to Taira no Kiyomori and where Japanese iris and bloom, and the Mimaya where sacred horses were kept, as well as four betsugu (associated shrines). It is customary to worship here first before moving on to the Naiku. The closest train station is Iseshi Station.
  • Ujibashi Bridge
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujitachichou
    This bridge near the entrance of Ise Jingu’s Naiku (Kotaijingu) in Ise City spans across the Isuzugawa River. It has been selected as one of Japan’s 100 most famous bridges, and is a popular place to take commemorative photos as it is a symbol of the Naiku. There are torii gates on both sides of the bridge, and the outer torii is made from the old pillars of the Geku-seiden (outer shrine main hall) and the inner torii is made from the old pillars of the Naiku-seiden (inner shrine main hall). When the bridge is rebuilt every twenty years as a part of Shikinen Sengu (a periodic transfer of the divine symbol to a divine palace which is newly constructed every twenty years), these are dismantled and reconstructed, and the outer torii becomes the torii of the Shichiri-no-Watashi in Kuwana City and the outer torii becomes the torii of the Seki-no-higashi Oiwake in Kameyama City. For several days before and after the winter solstice the morning sun rises directly above the torii, and this area is bustling with many visitors during that time.
  • Isuzugawa River Mitarashi
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujitachichou
    Located on the premises of Ise Jingu’s Naiku (Kotaijingu) in Ise City, this is a place to purify one’s entire body and soul before worshipping at the shrine. The stone-paved Mitarashi constructed on the banks of the Isuzugawa River is said to have been donated by Tokugawa Tsunayoshi’s mother Keishouin. The temizusha (ablution front) also serves the same purpose in allowing worshippers to cleanse their hands in the clean, streaming waters of the Isuzugawa River and purify themselves.
  • Home of Matsuo Basho
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    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenoakasakachou 304
    This is the childhood home of the great poet Matsuo Basho, who lived here until the age of 29. The grounds contain a stone slab inscribed with the haiku Basho composed when he found the umbilical cord his family had kept in this house – “Old village! / Umbilical’s tail at cry / Year’s end.” A building called the Chogetsuken in the garden behind the house is where The Seashell Game poetry anthology was compiled by Basho. The home provides visitors with a glimpse of the life Basho lived in the place here returned to on many occasions after his travels.

    IF you fit on Ninja wear at Danjiri Kaikan,you will want to take a nice your photo exactly. I recommend to here. this house walk mints from Danjiri Kaikan. Entrance fee 300 yen,you can not get on...

  • Basho Memorial Museum
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    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenomarunouchi 117-13
    This memorial museum in Ueno Park in Iga City is dedicated to the famous poet, Matsuo Basho. With financial aid from Kanbe Mannosuke the museum was opened in 1959. On display in the museum you'll find writings and poems in Basho's own handwriting including his will as well as source materials relating to Japanese renga and haikai poetry. There is also a light up bulletin board that shows the routes of Basho's five journeys. Special exhibitions are held four times a year.

    Basho is famous. Also outside of Japan, but those people who are running the museum could not care less. Basho deserved better treatment. Almost nothing in a foreign language!

  • Kyusukodo
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    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenomarunouchi 78-1
    This local domain school was erected in 1821 to educate the children of feudal retainers living in the Iga, Yamato, and Yamashiro areas. The school was established as a branch of Yuzokan, Tsu Domain. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the dedication feudal retainers of the time had towards learning in the exhibition hall and lecture hall, which is floored with 72 tatami mats just as when the school was first built.

    庭にあるはなれ 有恒寮から撮影しましたー 美しく風格ある建物です。 72畳の畳の部屋は圧巻ですね! 伊賀を代表する国の史跡ですー

  • Hinjitsukan
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Futamichouchaya 566-2
    The Hinjitsukan was erected in 1887 for honored guests worshiping at Ise Jingu shrine to use for resting and lodging. Numerous notable personages have stayed here, including Empress Eisho, mother of Emperor Meiji, and Emperor Taisho. A nationally designated Important Cultural Property, visitors can observe elegant traditional Japanese architecture here, including a 120 tatami mat reception hall with chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, the Wajima lacquered tokonoma alcove in the Gotennoma hall, and a strolling garden with central pond.

    Many visitors to Japan walk one kind of cultural trail or another, each trying to find Japan of his or her image. Few will succeed in such an effort, because it calls for broad perspective and sharp...

  • Hikotaki Daimyojin Shrine
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    Mie Pref. Tobashi Kouchichou
    This Shinto shrine’s principal object of worship is a figure of a white snack considered one of the Three Goddesses of Toba. The Shrine is popularly known as “Hikotaki-san.” A lovely river flows alongside the approach to the shrine and continues on into its grounds. Past the torii gate lie the upper reaches of the clear stream, and an elegant sacred rope hangs over its waters. The shrine is believed to grant benefits such as alleviating women’s ailments and safe childbirth.
  • Takiharanomiya Shrine
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    Mie Pref. Wataraiguntaikichou Takihara 872
    This is the associated shrine of the prestigious Koutai Shrine (the inner shrine of Ise Shrine) which has been called “Omikami no Tonomiya” (another shrine for Amaterasu) since long ago. Unlike other auxiliary shrines, it is parallel with Takihara-narabinomiya Shrine and has many places with holds. Large Japanese cedar trees that are over several hundred years old in the sacred area. Sacredness and grandeur can be felt with their presence. Worshippers generally go from Takiharanomiya Shrine to Takihara-narabinomiya.
  • Izawanomiya Shrine
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    Mie Pref. Shimashi Isobechoukaminogou 374
    This shrine, which enshrines the soul of the sun goddess Amaterasu, has drawn worshippers as a remote shrine since long ago where local residents pray for rich bounties from the sea and mountains. “Isobe no Omita,” the rice planting ceremony held every June, is a designated National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property and is one of Japan’s three largest rice planting festivals. It is approximately a three-minute walk from the Kintetsu Railway Shima Line’s Kaminogo Station.

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Spread across the eastern side of the Kii Peninsula, Mie prefecture boasts hundreds of kilometers of pretty coastline comprising the oyster-rich Toba city and Shima National Park all the way down to Kumano, a city that marks the beginning of part of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage, which runs into neighboring Wakayama prefecture. However, Mie is best known for the Ise Jingu Shinto shrine inland, one of the oldest and largest shrines in the country.

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