Ise-jingu Shrine (Geku)
The Outer Shrine of Ise-jingu, an icon tourist attraction in Ise City, Mie Prefecture. Bustling with worshippers from ancient times to present day.
Ise-Jingu Shrine is at the core of sightseeing in Ise, Mie Prefecture. It is simply referred to as Jingu (the Shrine) as an official name, and the Sun Goddess Amaterasu O-mikami is enshrined there. Over seven million worshippers visit the shrine every year.
The Outer Shrine is sacred to Toyouke-no-O-mikami. Since this deity is believed to have taken charge of catering for Amaterasu O-mikami, legendary ancestor of the Imperial Household, many people have worshiped here as the guardian deity of all kinds of endeavors. During the rule of Japan by the Edo shogunate from the 17th to 19th centuries, pilgrimages to this shrine from all over the country -- known as O-ise-mairi -- were very popular. Pilgrims followed a fixed route, visiting the Outer Shrine first, followed by a visit to the Inner Shrine. The Outer Shrine (Geku) is the common name for the shrine, which is officially known as the "Toyouke Daijingu" (Toyouke Grand Shrine).
Address: Toyokawa-machi, Ise-shi, Mie
Admission Fee: Free in the shrine precincts
From Tokyo:[Rail]1h 45 min to Nagoya Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line, and 1h 20 min from Kintetsu Nagoya to Iseshi Station by Kintetsu Line (limited express).[Walk]Kintetsu Ise-shi Stn./5-min. walk
From Osaka:[Rail]1h 40 min from Uehonmachi Station to Ise Station by Kintetsu Line (limited express).