Pure, Beautiful Shrines of Ise – Day 1

The Ise Shrines (Ise Jingu) are some of the most famous shrines in the whole of Japan, in the top 3 according to some.  It’s always a bit busy, but the shrines are so stunning, yet incredibly simple and almost minimalist in design.  No bright colours or gold here, this is a really classy place! Day 2 Ise Travel Report here.

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This gate greets you when exit Iseshi station.

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The road to the first shrine is lined with traditional style buildings, selling Japanese food, drinks and of course souvenirs!

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This area a a strange little collection of very small buildings, with very small, cute shops.ise_shrine_jingu_street2

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One of the many lanterns around Ise.

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This picture was taken during New Years’s, when Japanese people all go to pray for happiness in the new year.

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On the left is the new shrine, on the right the old one.  A new shrine is built every 20 years, and the gods move to a new home.ise_shrine_jingu_old

The old shrine still looked amazing.

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The new shrine.  Doesn’t take that long to get into if you don’t want to pray.ise_shrine_jingu_new2 ise_shrine_jingu_new3

For more information, please see our budget Ise Shrines Travel Guide.  Day 2 Ise Travel Report here.

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