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Ise Grand Shrine(伊勢神宮)

Discover the soul of Japan at the Ise Grand Shrine, the most sacred and culturally significant shrine in Japan. Nestled in Mie Prefecture, this awe-inspiring shrine complex houses 125 Shinto shrines that pay homage to the revered deities Amaterasu-Omikami and Toyouke-no-Omikami.

At the heart of the shrine complex lies the Kotaijingu (Naiku), the most venerated sanctuary that houses the Holy Mirror, a symbol of Amaterasu-Omikami. The Toyouke Daijingu (Geku) is dedicated to Toyouke-no-Omikami. The Naiku of Ise-Jingu is the most important building in the complex, dating back to the 4th century. Its significance stems from its enshrinement of Amaterasu Omikami and its connection with the mythical origin of Japan. The Sacred Mirror, Yata-no-kagami, is enshrined here as a symbol of Amaterasu Omikami.

But Ise Grand Shrine is more than just a religious site; it’s an opportunity to experience the heart and soul of the Japanese people. This is where the emperor himself visits on special occasions, and only a sacred priestess related to the imperial household can conduct the ceremonies.

As you explore the shrine complex, you’ll be in awe of its stunning beauty, surrounded by popular spots like Okage Yokocho and Oharai Machi. So come and witness the sacredness of Ise Grand Shrine for yourself and immerse yourself in Japan’s rich cultural heritage.

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