河崎エリア Kawasaki Area (Map C）
Just a few minutes walk to the north of Iseshi and Ujiyamada train stations, between Hachiken Dori (street) and the Seta River, is the Kawasaki neighborhood of Ise City. At a time when water travel was key, this neighborhood was a prospering port area, welcoming boats full of goods and passengers from all parts of Japan. Today, Kawasaki has a handful of restaurants, cafe's and shops located in traditional Japanese buildings.
■伊勢河崎商人館 Ise Kawasaki Shoninkan
Dedicated to telling the rich history of the Kawasaki neighborhood, Kawasaki Shoninkan was established in 2002 in the buildings where Ogawa Saketen ran a liquor wholesale business for over 300 years. In 1999, Ogawa Saketen, closed for good and after that, the historical buildings were donated to Ise City for restoration.
Hours: Every day from 10:00 to 17:00 except Tuesdays (or closed Wednesday when Tuesday is a public holiday)
Fee: 300 yen for adults, 200 yen for college and high school students, 100 yen for middle and primary school students and children under 6 are free.
Tel: 0596-22-4810 (Japanese only)
Access: From JR/Kintetsu Iseshi Station or Kintetsu Ujiyamada Station; 15 minutes by foot.
二見エリア Futami Area (Map E）
Customarily, pilgrims traveling to Jingu visited Futami Okitama Jinja (shrine) first in order to purify themselves before worshipping at Jingu.
Filled with pensions, Japanese inns and hotels, the historical town of Futami sits along the shore of Ise Bay. Visitors can take a leisurely walk along the pine tree lined beach or hike around mount Otonashi to see the wildflowers and cherry blossoms when the season permits.
古市エリア Furuichi Area (Map A)
Located between Geku and Naiku, the Furuichi area was once an entertainment center, filled with Kabuki theaters and other places for relaxation and fun where pilgrims enjoyed themselves after their usually long and spiritual journeys to Jingu.
■伊勢古市参道街道資料館 Ise Furuichi Sandoukaido Museum—see what the Furuichi area used to be like.
Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 to 16:30
* Closed the day after national holidays
* Open on Mondays if Monday is a national holiday
* Open on Sunday if Saturday is a national holiday.
* Closed from December 29 through January 3rd)
Tel: 0596-22-8410 (Japanese only)
Address: 69 Nakaecho, Ise City
Access: From Kintetsu Isuzugawa Station; 20 minutes by foot.
内宮エリア Naiku Area (Map D)
■おはらい通り Oharai Dori (street)
Ending at the Ujibashi Bridge of Naiku, this stone-paved and centuries-old pathway has led pilgrims to Jingu for centuries. Modern "pilgrims" will find Oharai Dori (street) lined with a variety of shops and restaurants and all kinds of local food, drinks and souvenirs.
■おかげ横丁 Okage Yokocho
Okage Yokocho is a recreated traditional Japanese market area mirroring what must have been the scene for visiting pilgrims on their way to and from Jingu in times past. Modern visitors can enjoy Okage Yokocho's traditional buildings and atmosphere and will find an array of shops and restaurants as well as festivals and entertainment performances throughout the year.
Access: From JR/Kintetsu Iseshi Station or Kintetsu Ujiyamada Station; 20 minutes by bus, exit at Naiku Mae bus stop.