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Shrines & Temples
御塩殿神社 Mishiodono Jinja
Mishiodono Jinja is the shrine where Ise Jingu's offertory salt is produced. For more than 2000 years, a traditional method of salt-making has been followed. Each October, Mishiodono-matsuri (salt making ceremony) is held where visitors may observe the salt-making process.
Tel: 0596-24-1111 (Japanese only)
Address: Futami-cho Sho, Ise City

Access: Take a CAN-Bus and exit at Futamiura-Omotesando bus stop. From there, Mishiodono Jinja is a 15-minute walk.
皇大神宮別宮 倭姫宮 Yamatohime-gu
Yamatohime-gu is one of Kotaijingu's (Naiku) Auxiliary Sanctuaries that enshrines Yamatohime-no-mikoto, daughter of Suinin-tenno, the 11th emperor of Japan. Yamatohime-no-mikoto was tasked with caring for the spirit of Amaterasu Omikami and finding the ideal sanctuary home for Japan's supreme deity. Yamatohime-gu was built in 1923, making it the newest Jingu Auxiliary Sanctuary.
Tel: 0596-24-1111 (Japanese only)
Address: 5 Kusube-cho, Ise-city

Access: A 10-minute walk from Kintetsu Isuzugawa Station.
皇大神宮別宮 月読宮 Tsukiyomi-no-miya
Tsukiyomi-no-miya is one of Kotaijingu's (Naiku) Auxiliary Sanctuaries. There are 3 deities enshrined within Tsukiyomi-gu, the younger brother of Amaterasu Omikami (Tsukiyomi-no-mikoto) and his vigorous spirit (Tsukiyomi-aramitama-no-miya) as well as Amaterasu Omikami's father (Izanagi-no-miya) and mother (Izanami-no-miya).
Tel: 0596-24-1111 (Japanese only)
Address: 742-1 Nakamura-cho, Ise City

Access: A 10-minute walk from Kintetsu Isuzugawa Station or a 5-minute walk from Nakamura bus stop (take the loop-line bus between Geku and Naiku).
桜木地蔵 Sakuragi Jizo (guardian house)
In Japan, a "Jizo" is known as a guardian deity of children. This particular guardian house was established next to a cherry tree, therefore, people call it "Sakuragi Jizo" (cherry tree guardian). Although people usually worship at a Jizo for children's safety and health, it is generally believed that anyone who worships at this Jizo will have success in life.
Address: Sakuragi-cho, Ise City
Tel: 0596-24-8978

Access: From JR/Kintetsu Iseshi or Kintetsu Ujiyamada stations, take a bus bound for Urata-cho. Get off at Sakuragichoguchi Bus Stop. Sakuragi Jizo is a 5-minute walk from the bus stop.
金剛證寺 Kongoshoji (temple)
This temple protects the northeastern quarter of the Jingu sanctuary, considered to be the unlucky direction since ancient times. The main building is registered as a national tangible cultural property.
Tel: 0596-22-1710 (Japanese only)
Address: 548 Asamacho, Ise City

Access: Only accessible by car or taxi. However, hikers can take the Mount Asama trail from JR Asama Station.
宇治神社 Uji Jinja (shrine)
Uji Jinja is a guardian shrine for the residents in the local neighborhood of Uji and also famous as the guardian shrine of leg health. The legend for strong leg health originated because many of the ancient pilgrims to Ise City prayed there for healthy and strong legs for their journeys back home. The local folklore was further aided after Ise City’s own Mizuki Noguchi became the gold medal marathon winner in the 2004 Athens Olympics. The legend says that visitors can get stronger legs if they touch a special rock within the shrine.
Tel: 0596-24-9587 (Japanese only)
Address: 172 Uji Imazaikecho, Ise-city

Access: A few minutes walk from Naiku Ujibashi Bridge
寂照寺 Jakushoji (temple)
Jakushoji temple is a family temple that was built for Sen-hime, daughter of the 2nd Tokugawa shogun, Hidetada Tokugawa. During her lifetime, Sen-hime had great reverence for Jingu and because of that, Jakushoji temple was built near Jingu in remembrance of her spirit and her great admiration for the shrine.
Address: 101 Nakano-cho, Ise City
Tel: 0596-22-3743

Access: From JR/Kintetsu Iseshi or Kintetsu Ujiyamada stations, take a bus bound for Urata-cho. Get off at Nakano-cho Bus Stop. Jakushoji (temple) is next to the bus stop.
太江寺 Taikoji (temple)
People worship at Taikoji temple for longevity and better health. Wisteria blossoms (late April through early March) and hydrangeas (late June through early July) are a must-see.
Tel: 0596-43-2283 (Japanese only)
Address: 1659 East, Futamicho, Ise City

Access: From JR/Kintetsu Iseshi Station or Kintetsu Ujiyamada Station; take a CAN-Bus and exit at exit at Meotoiwa Higashiguchi bus stop. From there, Taikoji is a 10 minute walk.
二見興玉神社と夫婦岩 Futami Okitama Jinja (shrine) & Meotoiwa (wedded rocks)
Sarutahiko Omikami and other two deities are enshrined here. People often worship at this shrine for relationships and happy marriages. A beautiful moonrise can often be seen between the rocks in winter (November through February) as well as an equally impressive sunrise during the spring and summer (April through August).
Tel: 0596-43-2020 (Japanese only)
Address: 575 E Futamicho, Ise City

Access:
・From JR Futaminoura Station; 15 minutes by foot.
・From JR/Kintetsu Iseshi Station or Kintetsu Ujiyamada Station; take a CAN-Bus and exit at Meotoiwa Higashiguchi bus stop.
磯神社 Iso Jinja (shrine)
Iso Jinja is said to be one of the shrines that Yamatohime-no-mikoto* visited along her journey to Ise City. Iso Jinja boasts one of the areas most beautiful pink and white azalea gardens from late April through early May. Tsutsuji (azalea) Park is located next to Iso Jinja and has a variety of flower gardens that are in bloom year round.

*Yamatohime-no-mikoto was the daughter of Suinin-tenno, the 11th emperor of Japan and was tasked with caring for the spirit of Amaterasu Omikami and finding the ideal sanctuary home for Japan's supreme deity.
Tel: 0596-37-5261 (Japanese only)
Address: 1069 Isocho, Ise-city

Access: From JR/Kintetsu Ise-shi station, take a bus directed to “Doro” and get off at Iso bus stop.  Iso Jinja is a 5-minute walk from there.
松尾観音寺 Matsuokannonji (temple)
Matsuokannonji is known as the oldest temple in Japan for playing a role in exorcising evil sprits from people. It is also known for two dragons that legend says live around a pond near the temple. The legend goes that the dragons once saved the temple building from a fire.
Tel: 0596-22-2722 (Japanese only)
Address: Matsuoyama Kusubecho, Ise City

Access: From JR/Kintetsu Iseshi or Kintetsu Ujiyamada Station; take a bus directed to Ise Shin JUSCO and exit at Matuokannonji Mae bus stop.
外宮 Geku
Geku, officially known as Toyoukedaijingu, was established in AD 478. It is dedicated to the deity Toyouke Omikami, provider of sacred foods to the deity Amaterasu Omikami and guardian of all industry. It is customary to worship at Geku before Naiku.
Tel: 0596-24-1111 (Japanese only)
Address: 279 Toyokawacho, Ise City
Hours:
January through April 5:00 to 18:00
May through August 5:00 to 19:00
September 5:00 to 18:00
October through December 5:00 to 17:00
*Continually open from December 31 to January 5

Access:
From Kintetsu Ujiyamada Station; 10 minutes by foot
From JR/Kintetsu Iseshi Station; 7 minutes by foot
猿田彦神社 Sarutahiko Jinja (shrine)
Enshrined here is the deity Sarutahiko Omikami, known as the deity of guidance. Sarutahiko Omikami is often worshiped by people before they begin a new endeavor in their lives.

Sarume Jinja, located within Sarutahiko Jinja enshrines the deity Amenouzumenomikoto, often worshiped by entertainers.
Tel: 0596-22-2554 (Japanese only)
Address: 2-1-10 Ujiurata, Ise City

Access:
・From Kintetsu Isuzugawa Station; 20 minutes by foot.
・From JR/Kintetsu Iseshi Station or Kintetsu Ujiyamada Station; 15 minutes by bus, exit at Sarutahiko Jinja Mae bus stop.
大林寺 Dairinji (temple)
According to records, Dairinji was founded in 1664, making it the oldest temple in the Furuichi neighborhood of Ise City. Furuichi was once known as an entertainment center and the history Dairinji is closely related to that story. Over its long history, Dairinji was knocked down or destroyed by fire several times. The current temple was rebuilt in 1998.
Address: 97 Furuichi-cho, Ise City
Tel: 0596-28-4541

Access: From JR/Kintetsu Iseshi or Kintetsu Ujiyamada stations, take a bus bound for Urata-cho. Get off at Nakano-cho Bus Stop. Dairinji (temple) is a 2-minute walk from the bus stop.
内宮 Naiku
Naiku, officially known as Kotaijingu, was founded about 2,000 years ago. The supreme deity Amaterasu Omikami is enshrined here and worshipped as the predecessor of the Imperial Household and the guardian deity of the Japanese people.
Tel: 0596-24-1111 (Japanese only)
Address: 1 Ujitachicho, Ise City
Hours:
January through April 5:00 to 18:00
May through August 5:00 to 19:00
September 5:00 to 18:00
October through December 5:00 to 17:00
*Continually open from December 31 to January 5

Access:
From Kintetsu Ujiyamada Station; 20 minutes by bus, exit at Naiku Mae bus stop
From JR/Kintetsu Iseshi Station; 20 minutes by bus, exit at Naiku Mae bus stop
From Kintetsu Isuzugawa Station; 6 minutes by bus, exit at Naiku Mae bus stop (please note that only a few busses depart from Kintetsu Isuzugawa Station).
長峰神社 Naminejinja (shrine)
Along with a small number of other deities, Amenouzume-no-mikoto, the deity of entertainment, is enshrined at Naminejinja (shrine). Actors and actresses often worship here, which local people call "Osumesan".
Address 333-1 Furuichi-cho, Ise City
Tel: 0596-27-6123

Access: From JR/Kintetsu Iseshi or Kintetsu Ujiyamada stations, take a bus bound for Urata-cho. Get off at Nakano-cho Bus Stop. Naminejinja (shrine) is a 2-minute walk from the bus stop.
松下社 Matsushita-sha (shrine)
Legend says that once, when the deity Susano-no-mikoto was very tired after a long journey, a poor commoner named Somin Shorai offered to care for the deity with the little that he had. Because of this great act of kindness, the deity promised Somin Shorai that he would forever protect him and his family from illness. People often visit Matsushita-sha for protection from illness or bad luck.
Tel: 0596-42-1111 (Japanese only)
Address: Futami-cho Matsushita, Ise City

Access: A 7-minute walk from JR Matsushita Station.
神宮 Jingu
Popularly known as "Ō-Ise-san" or "Ise Jingu", it is principally composed of Kotaijingu (Naiku) and Toyoukedaijingu (Geku) where the supreme deity Amaterasu Omikami and the great deity Toyouke Omikami are worshipped. Jingu also includes 14 auxiliary sanctuaries, as well as 109 lesser sanctuaries, which are generally located around the Ise City area.



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