Ise Grand Shrine – Day 2

On the second day of our visit to Ise, we visited the Ise Grand Shrine. It has a similar style to the other shrine in Ise, with simple, plain wood structures and set in a little forest style setting.  Day 1 Travel Report here.

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The shopping street outside the shrine is pretty crazy on New Year’s!ise_udon_noodlesIse Miso Udon – a famous noodle bowl in Ise.  Make sure you try in at one of the many restaurants in town.

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Heading into the Grand Shrine of Ise.ise_grand_shrine2ise_grand_shrine_garden

There are lots of little gardens and woods around, so you don’t really get ‘shrined out’.

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Much of the shrine complex is new, so it’s a refreshing change from most other shrines and temples.ise_grand_shrine4

People throwing money into the stream, wishing for good luck in the new year.ise_grand_shrine5

Even in Ise, there are some quiet areas if you walk around.ise_grand_shrine6

 One of the shrine buildings, where you can buy good luck charms.

ise_grand_shrine7The main shrine.  The queue is rather long to pray, so we went around the right side to just have a look.

Ise is not far from places like Nagoya or Nara.  Our budget travel guide can be found here.

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Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.