Hello Everyone! Finally I’m writing about my trip to Ise Jingu (伊勢神宮)! I’ve always been a fan of visiting shrines because the area is so peaceful. To visit Ise Jingu has always been on my list for years and finally this year I get to visit it. ♥♥
Ise Jingu is located in the city of Ise in Mie Prefecture.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It’s very very famous in Japan and October this year, there is a ceremony which happens once every 20 years. It’s the moving of the ‘God or kami’ to a new ‘home’ – 神宮式年遷宮. We managed to visit it before the event because it’ll be so crowded after the big move.
I was doing research on ways to travel to Ise city from Nagoya and found 2 options.
- Take express/ local train (approx. 2 hours including walking and waiting for the train per route) and walk under the hot and humid weather to reach the shrine. The travel expense would take 5640yen (taking the cheapest route) for 2 adults round-trip;
- Book a bus tour with HIS. Which guarantee you a seat in the bus, brings you around in comfort. The tour includes a visit to the Ise Jingu, Meoto Iwa (the wedded rocks), Futami Okitama Jinja and lunch. The cost would be 4980yen per pax.
Of course we opted for option 2 because it’s more comfortable and we don’t have to worry about the transportation. However, the cons of choosing option 2 would be the time limit and choice of food.
We started off at 8am from Nagoya station and reached Ise Jingu outer shrine (外宮) just minutes before 11am. It’s recommended to start with the outer shrine first before entering the inner shrine. The outer shrine also known as Toyouke Daijingu, was to house Toyouke Omikami (豊受大御神) who is the kami for food, clothing and shelter.
This is the Daiichi-torii-guchi Sando (第一鳥居口参道).
An explanation board in Japanese.
Temizusha (手水舎) – To purify your inner self before entering the area. The correct way to do it is to hold the scoop with your right hand, scoop enough water, rinse your left hand, then exchange the scoop to your left hand and rinse your right hand. Exchange again to your right hand and this time, pour a mouthful of the water on your left hand and rinse your month with it. Spit out the water (don’t drink it), and rinse your left hand again with the remaining water in the scoop and return it to the stand.
Hello, it’s us trying to capture the first gate but failed though. 😦 I didn’t managed to check the temperature but I think it was about 38~39°C.
And THIS, is the first gate of the shrine.
Do you know?
You have to bow before walking though the gates? (I managed to capture this uncle in white who bowed at the left side of the gate) It’s a meaning of telling the kami that I’m entering the area. Also, you have to do the same thing when leaving. It’s advisable to walk through the gates nearer to the legs of the gates instead of the center because that’s where the kami will pass through.
The path towards the main area. It’s so cooling to walk under the shades!
That’s my back and some random guy. (I look so short here!)
The second gate.
Was amused by the number of people standing around these stones, then to find out that it’s actually a ‘Power spot’. Somehow the weather was so nasty that I didn’t cared about trying to feel its ‘power’.
The main sanctuary. That’s the nearest I could take photo with because it’s rude to point your camera at the kami. The structure of the buildings were so magnificent. Even the trees!! They were in these shades of green that has a calming effect.
The wooden building at the background would be the new ‘house’ for the kami in October.
Then we walked around the area. This is the Kazenomiya (風宮).
This is Tsuchinomiya (土宮).
Like I mentioned earlier, as we’re on a bus tour, time is limited. We made our way to get ourselves an omamori (お守り) a.k.a. amulet from the shop and returned back to the bus.
After we ended the outer shrine visit, we had lunch at one of the restaurant pre-booked by the HIS bus tour. It includes Ise Udon (伊勢うどん) and Tekone Zushi (てこね寿司). The 2 local food in Ise city. I like the sauce for the udon. It’s a little sweet as compare to normal udon sauce.
We rushed through our lunch, so that we have extra time to visit the inner shrine as we need to be back in the bus by a certain time. I’ll write about the inner shrine in the next post because it’s getting too long.
And I’ll also write about Meoto Iwa and Futami Okitama Jinja on a separate post. FYI, these 2 spots are famous for ‘good relationship’ between couples. 😀 [I can’t wait to upload the new banner!]