Ise Jingu - Kotaijingu
April 14, 2023
Ise Jingu Shrine, located in Ise City, Mie Prefecture, is divided into two structures, the Inner Shrine and the Outer Shrine, with the official name of the Inner Shrine being the Imperial Grand Shrine. It enshrines Amaterasu Omikami, the ancestral deity of the Japanese imperial family and the general deity of the Japanese people. This location is also the largest sanctuary among the approximately 80,000 shrines in Japan, and is revered as a shrine in its own regard. The shrine pavilions within this complex are built in the traditional Japanese architectural style using cypress wood. The shrine pavilions are rebuilt every 20 years to keep them looking fresh. For a long time, this shrine has been referred to as "Oise-san". In the Edo period (1603-1867), "Oise pilgrimages" were popular, and many people from all over the country visited Ise Jingu Shrine. Many food shops and souvenir shops line the streets near Ise Jingu Shrine, and visitors to the shrine often stop by to buy food and souvenirs. This is a beautiful area of the sea that was also the site of the G7 Ise-Shima Summit in 2016.