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The most sacred sanctuary ― Ise-Jingu (This is a fully guided and exclusively coordinated tour.)

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The most sacred sanctuary ― Ise-Jingu
(This is a fully guided and exclusively coordinated tour.)

“Here in this holy place, I feel the underlying units of all religions. ”

Arnold Toynbee, a noted historian, who spent his life exploring the gods and goddesses, visited Ise-Jingu three times. In 1967 he left his words at Kagura Hall, the place for offering a sacred courtesy dance and music to the deities.

Ise -Jingu has been considered the spiritual home of the Japanese people for over 2000 years. For many Japanese, a pilgrimage to this sacred place inspires a sense of purified rebirth. Recently, the shrine has been receiving increasing numbers of visitors from both Japan and from foreign countries.

In May 2016, the G7 Summit was held in Ise-shima National Park. Ise-Jingu shrine was a major visiting spot for the seven leading countries’ representatives because it is one of the holiest sites in the world.

On this tour, a local guide working mainly in the Ise area will coordinate rare and special experiences for visitors to suit their preferences. You may choose from the following:

1) Kagura offering
A Kagura offering is available at Kagura Hall in the Naiku and Geku.
For the details, please see these pages: Kagura-den Hall in Naiku and Kagura-den Hall in Geku.

2) Meet sacred horses called “shim-me”
Naiku and Geku have a sacred stable where several sacred horses live.
They were presented to the shrine by the emperor and are believed to be for the use of the Goddess. They are adorned with beautiful cloth and led before the inner grounds of the shrine on the 1st, 11th and 21st day of every month.

3) Daily food offering ceremony
In the Geku, every morning and evening, sacred food is prepared using a sacred fire made with a traditional tool and it is then offered to the deities. Visitors can observe the priests carrying these sacred food offerings.

More than 1500 rituals have been conducted at Ise-Jingu since it was established.

Your guide will suggest the best itinerary for you so you can have an unforgettable experience while staying in this spiritual place. Please freely ask your guide any questions you have.

*For more detailed information on other specific Ise areas, the reference link will be provided on the first spot page. (It will be available after purchasing this tour.)

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Price

$456.08~

Recommended length of visit

7-8 hours (depending on the itinerary)

Included in extra fees paid on the spot

1) Taxi fare: Approx. 10000JPy

*The taxi fare changes depending on road and/or traffic conditions.
*Chartered car is available, and recommended to make your tour more flexible and comfortable.

Not included in extra fees paid on the spot

1) Transportation costs of the visitor(s) to go to Ise-shi station
2) Meal costs
3) Cost for offering Kagura performance (Min. 15000 JPY - )
4) Cost for special praying inside the second fence (Min.2000 JPY/person - )

Note

< The Ise-Jingu is open at the following hours >

October, November, December: AM5:00 - PM5:00
January, February, March, April, September: AM5:00 - PM6:00
May, June, July, August: AM5:00 - PM7:00

*The price of this tour includes the guide fee and the transportation fee of the guide to go to the meeting place.

Recommended length of visit

7-8 hours (depending on the itinerary)

Travel time from nearest major city

Access by train to Ise-shi

1) From Tokyo
Tokyo -(JR Shinkansen Nozomi Approx.1 hour 41min) – Nagoya - (Kintetsu Limited Express :1 hr 21 min)-Ise-shi

2) From Nagoya
Nagoya-(Kintetsu Limited Express: 1 hr 21 min) – Ise-shi

3) From Osaka
Osaka - (Transit at Matsusaka)(Kintetsu Limited Express: 1 hr 48 min) – Ise-shi

4) From Kyoto
i) Kyoto - (Transit at Yagi & Matsusaka)(Kintetsu Limited Express: 2 hr 21 min) – Ise-shi
ii) Kyoto -(JR Shinkansen 46 min) – Nagoya - Nagoya - (Kintetsu Limited Express :1 hr 21 min)-Ise-shi

Recommended starting time

1) Available and recommendable throughout all the seasons
Please confirm the Ise-Jigu’s operating hours, which vary depending on the season.

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I was satisfied with my knowledgeable guide!
A full-day guided tour of Ise-Jingu, the birth place of Japanese Shintoism. My personal guide was Hiromi who, with her profound knowledge of local history and Japanese mythology, guided me through a labyrinth of shrines connecting each shrine with an episode of Japanese folklore. As an atheist I was interested in learning about the political impacts of Shintoism in Japanese history and interested in comparing Japanese mythology with those of other civilizations, in particular with Greek mythology. About the same period of around 600 BC, both Ise shrines and the Apollo temple in Delphi were built. Both sites are surrounded by beautiful natural scenery and by towns that accommodate pilgrims visiting the divine sites.
The trip was successful primarily because of the high quality of personal guides and their connections with local people whom you don’t have a chance to meet when travelling by yourself.
Hiromi was so knowledgeable and caring that she prepared a small booklet of reading materials for me to take home and learn about the history of Ise-Jingu. Also, prior to the trip, we exchanged many emails to customize the trip matching my interest. In one of the emails she brilliantly answered my question about the differences between Shintoism and Jukyou (Confucius). In another email she attached an article of Arnold Toynbee’s view on Shintoism that helped me greatly to understand Shintoism. Finally, Hiromi was a good photographer, taking pictures of key locations we visited and emailed them to me after the trip, in the order of our visit, comprising a photo journal of my trip!

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