Ise Jingu

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Located in Mie Prefecture, the Ise Grand Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the sun goddess. Supposedly, the shrine or “Jingu” as it is commonly called, is home to the Sacred Mirror; this mirror was the one that drew Amaterasu from hiding and brought light back to the world. In reality, Ise Jingu is a complex of shrines centered around two main shrines, Naiku and Geku.



1 Ujitachicho, Ise, Mie 516-0023 (Directions)


5:00 - 18:00 Closed now

Opening Hours

Monday 5:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 5:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 5:00 - 18:00
Thursday 5:00 - 18:00
Friday 5:00 - 18:00
Saturday 5:00 - 18:00
Sunday 5:00 - 18:00
Holidays 5:00 - 18:00

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The inner and outer shrines are some 6 kilometers apart, therefore it's recommended that you visit by bus. Buses depart from Ujiyamada and Iseshi stations.

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Geku and Naiku shine at Ise Jingu because they are full of myth, history, mystique, and are a long lasting testament to faith. Both enshrine goddesses, of whom Amaterasu is a centrifugal force of Shintoism.

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