Learn, experience and have fun in and around a shrine
If you want to learn about Shinto, the indigenous religion of Japan, how about visiting Ise Jingu, the most prestigious Shinto shrine?
I, being a Buddhist priest's wife living in the same prefecture, will take you around Ise Jingu, and will try to give you a hint of what lies beneath the mindset of Japanese people.
Ise Jingu is also a place where you can have fun. . . ! After visiting the shrine, we will stroll around Oharai-machi where it is recommended for travelers who wants to venture out and try local delicacies!
The mode of transportation will be bus and walking, but we can also make use of a rental bicycle on a sunny day if it's available.
9:00 Meet at Iseshi Station, JR Side exit
- Visit Sengukan to learn about Shinto and Ise Jingu Shrine
- Visit Geku (Outer Shrine) by request
- Take a bus from Geku to Naiku
- Visit Naiku (Inner Shrine)
- Have lunch and enjoy shopping at Oharai-machi
- Take bus from Naiku to the station (Uji-yamada, Iseshi, or Isuzugawa)
Tour disbands at the station. I will help you get on the right train for you to get to your next destination!
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Iseshi Station, JR side exit (please note that there is also a small wicket at Kintetsu side, but this is NOT our meeting location!)
End location: At either Uji-yamada, Iseshi or Isuzugawa Station, depending on where you will go after the tour.
Duration: 3 hours 30 min.
This is the time set if we visit Sengukan museum, but as of Dec
2017 the museum is closed due to the flood caused by the typhoon that hit the area this autumn. The duration of the tour can be shorter for this reason. Alternatively, I will take you to Shinwa no mori, where you'll get an idea of basic Japanese mythology.
By bus and walking.
We can also use a rental bicycle service if you prefer, but this is subject to availability and the weather of the day, and some places along the route can be a bit hilly.
- Guiding fee
- Guide's transportation cost
- Guide's entrance fee during the tour
Estimated Local Cash Needed
2660 JPY - Below shows an estimate of local payments per person.
- Entrance fee to Shinwa no Yakata museum: 300JPY
- 2 bus rides to get around town: 860JPY (430JPY per ride)*
*If you are going to Toba after the tour, there's a one day pass for the bus; 1000yen per adult,
500yen for kids
- Lunch: 1500JPY (depending on what you have)
We can use rental bicycles instead of buses provided the weather is good and the bicycles are available. The rental bicycle is 500JPY up to 4 hours, and 800JPY for one day.
- Entrance fee to museum
- Transportation fee for you during the tour
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.
A Recent Review of this tour
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Kumi really helped by taking care of visitors touring Ise & the surrounding for a whole day. The communication for arranging the itinerary was smooth and Kumi answered not only all questions, but provided ideas by herself. I felt assured that the visitors would have a great day with Kumi, and my feelings were confirmed. It was a pleasure asking Kumi to take care of the tour, and can recommend her strongly.