Ise Jingu is divided into two main areas – ‘Naiku’ (the inner shrine) and ‘Geku’ (the outer shrine), and is comprised in total of 125 smaller shrines). The shrine’s official name, however, is ‘Jingu’.
Being surrounded by forest and enclosed within an abundance of cool, fresh air, Jingu is known for giving visitors a sense of spiritual renewal.
In front of Naiku spread the Oharai Machi and Okage Yokocho - historic and beautiful side streets bustling with food & beverage stalls and plenty of opportunities for shopping.
Additionally, the Meoto Iwa – ‘Married Couple Rocks’ – stand nearby, located in Futami-no-ura, and are a world-famous symbol of matrimonial happiness. The rocks are especially beautiful to witness at sunrise and under the light of the moon, however each season bestows upon them a unique beauty, making them ideal to visit whatever the time of year.
There are many other such similar places located away from the urban district near Jingu, each of which reveals a different aspect of Japan.
Being roughly three and a half hours by Shinakansen/Kintetsu Railway from Tokyo, and two hours by the Kintetsu Railway from Kyoto or Osaka, access to Ise City is easy from all major cities, making it an ideal place to visit whatever your travel itinerary.
※The photograph shows sunrise at Meoto Iwa – the ‘Married Couple Rocks’