In the past, Futami Bay flourished as a place for people to lodge and ritually wash themselves prior to visiting the nearby Ise Grand Shrine. The Meoto Iwa – ‘wedded rocks’ – visible not far from the shore, were seen as a symbol of the union of man and woman through marriage.
The two rocks are tied together by a tough and immensely heavy rope, and from the months of May through to July (the beginning of June until the summer solstice in particular), magnificent sunrises can be witnessed, with the first rays of sun appearing between the rocks. Likewise, the beautiful sight of the full-moon rising between the rocks can be seen between October and February.
※The photograph shows the rocks under moonlight