Ise-jingu Shrine (Naiku)
The Inner Shrine of Ise-jingu dedicated to the Sun Goddess is one of Japan's most famous. 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 Inner Shrine of Ise-jingu is sacred to Amaterasu Sumera O-mikami (the sun goddess), and is the center of Ise-jingu. It differs in custom from other shrines in that Shikinen Sengu (the installation of the deity in a new shrine with due ceremony) takes place once every 20 years, when buildings such as the sanctuary are rebuilt in adjacent grounds. It is a grand event, with the completion of the new building taking as long as ten years. The first ceremony was performed in 690, and has continued with occasional interruptions in wartime for 1,300 years. The latest installation of the deity took place in 1993.
Address: Ujiyakata-cho, 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).[Bus]Kintetsu Ujiyamada Stn./Bus/15-min. ride/Naiku-mae Stop/1-min.walk
From Osaka:[Rail]1h 40 min from Uehonmachi Station to Ise Station by Kintetsu Line (limited express).