Ise

Ise is a coastal town in the scenic Ise-Shima National Park. The town shares its name with the myth-enveloped shrine which is visited by millions of Japanese each year.

Ise Map

“This historic seaside town, home to the shrine of the Sun Goddess, is descended on by millions of pilgrims each year and is well worth a visit”

Tom Orsman, former IJT Tour Leader

The shrine is dedicated to the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu-Omikami, who was once considered a founder of the Japanese nation and a direct blood relation of the Imperial Family.  Pilgrims have been coming for centuries; it's the most important site in Shinto religion. As a power-spot, it outshines all others.

You cannot see inside the shrine, but walking around the sheltered wooden structures watching pilgrims paying their respects is fascinating. After the shrine, a visit to the old merchants' district of Okage Yokocho is recommended to take your mind to more earthly matters. Think fresh seafood snacks and traditional craftwork.   

Hiking trails in the hills are also a popular diversion. A trip up the 500 metre peak at Mount Asama promises spectacular views of the coastline.  Ise is part of a National Park with a range of day-tip options including boat cruises, island visits and eating grilled seafood with women pearl divers in nearby Toba.

Ise enjoys direct train links to Kyoto, Osaka and Nagoya making it an easy stop between these destinations.

Recommended Accommodation in Ise

The following are our favourites from among the western-style hotels and Japanese-style inns of Ise.

Experiences in Ise

Ise offers a wealth of exciting experiences that will help you get beneath the surface of Japan's fascinating culture. See below for a few of our favourites

Weather in Ise

The Climate Guide for Ise, Japan is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Daytime Temperature (°C) 9 9 13 19 22 25 29 30 27 22 17 12
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) 2 2 5 10 14 18 22 23 20 14 9 4
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 6 5 5 5 5
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Heat and Humidity Discomfort None None None None None Low High High Moderate None None None
Days with some Rainfall 16 16 18 16 15 19 19 17 18 15 14 14
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 62 64 97 116 188 279 242 185 312 204 102 57
UV Index (Maximum) 3 4 6 8 9 10 11 10 8 6 4 3