The grand shrines of Ise

The grand shrines of Ise

Ise's famous Shinto shrines are rebuilt every 20 years.

The grand shrines of Ise are the most sacred site in Shintoism. In accordance with an ancient Shinto tradition the outer and inner shrines are rebuilt every 20 years. The most recent rebuild was completed in October 2013. 

The shrines are special in their minimalist simplicity, a purely Japanese style that shows no influence from the Asian mainland. Instead a sombre peace prevails echoed by the green trees, simple stone and gravel. The shrines are about 2km apart each situated in a forest at the foot of a mountain.

The grand shrines of Ise

located in Ise

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    Follow in the footsteps of Japanese royalty as you tread the pilgrimage paths of the Kumano Kodo, with superior accommodation and cuisine included.

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