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Geku (Outer shrine)

Ise Jingu Shrine, the formal correct name is simply "Jingu" consist of two major shrines "Geku" (outer shrine) and "Naiku"(inner shrine) and more than one hundred minor shrines. Geku dedicated to "Toyouke-Omikami" who is the Goddess of Harvest like Demeter.


The Southrn Gate at Toyoukedaijingu

The architectual style of the Grand Shrine is called "Yuiitsu-Shimmei-Zukuri".

Auxiliary Sanctuary Takanomiya


There are four auxiliary sanctuaries - "Tsuchi-no-miya", "Kaze-no-miya", "Tukiyo-no-miya" and "Taka-no-miya" - at Geku. This shrine is the most important among them. It is dedicated to one of the spirits (active one) of Toyouke-Omikami.

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Naiku (Inner Shrine)

Naiku is located to the southeast of Geku. It took about 15 minutes by car. The entrance to Naiku is Uji-bridge. It's regard as border between this world and sanctuary.


"Uji-bashi" and archway called a "Torii"

The approach, covered with old huge cedar trees, will lead you to the main shrine that dedicated to Amaterasu-Omikami. She is the Goddess of Sun, mythological ancestress of the Japanese imperial family.

When I was traveling Turkey, Turk man said, "Our ancient Goddess Artemis is really an ancestor of Amaterasu." That opinion gave me quite a turn. I know the world history is closely related with each other. So on the one hand it's not correct, but the other hand it's maybe true.

"Shikinen-Sengu" system of Jingu

The traditional custom of "Shikinen-Sengu" has been preserved during the past one thousand and three hundred-year history of Jingu.

Once every twenty years, all the buildings are rebuilt in the same style and size next the old one. The innermost sacred object is removed to the new building from the old one in a solemn service.

Sarched garments and treasures such as the sword and arrow are remade using the highest excellence of craftsmanship in the same style the old one. It represents the rebirth or renewal of Amaterasu-Omikami every twenty years.

Quoted from "Jingu" published by Ise Jingu Sukei Kai


Mishine-no-mikura is old style, "Yuiitsu-Shimmei-Zukuri", storehouse for the Goddess that rebuilds every twenty years, too. There is no fence wall in, so we can watch ancient style structure of wood near by.


Mishine-no-mikura is Goddess "Rice Storehouse"

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There are stone steps between "Naiku" and auxiliary sanctuary "Takanomiya". You can find strange natural stone that is placed center of the 14th steps from the bottom.



At Naiku we have to keep right, I don't know why, but at Geku we keep left. Anyway, the central part of path and steps in sanctuary regard to "Goddess road". so

"Never step on this stone !"

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Okage-Yokocyo Street

Oharai-machi is the shrine(temple) town in front of Naiku. There are lot of stores, - souvenir shops, inns, sake (wine) shops and restaurants. The famous sourvenir at Ise is "Akafuku" and "Mankintan". "Akafuku" is dumpling covered bean jam. I love it.


a plate of Akafuku is 250yoen

a medicine named "Mankintan"

"Mankintan" is black pill for stomachache, indigestion and nausea

Okage-Yokcho Street

Okage-Yokocyo Street (Yokocyo means bystreet), located central part of Oharai-machi. It is small theme park of the old town, from Edo to Meiji era, at Ise.


Mascot of this town is "Manekineko"
"Manekineko" is the lucky cat that invites a guest, a luck and especially money.

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