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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Interested in this Experience? It is included in this tour:

  • Join the ranks of the junreisha, or pilgrims, as you explore Ise, Mount Koya and the ancient paths of the Kumano Kodo on this classic trip.

    Pilgrim's Paths

    This very special journey through Japan will take you from modern Tokyo to ancient Kyoto via a network of ancient pilgrimage paths known as the Kumano Kodo. Along the way you'll stay at a temple lodging on Koya-san and at various traditional ryokan inns.

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    Join the ranks of the <i>junreisha</i>, or pilgrims, as you explore Ise, Mount Koya and the ancient paths of the Kumano Kodo on this classic trip.

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