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.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
2660 JPY - Below : Estimate of local payments per person.
- Entrance fee to either Sengukan Museum* or Shinwa no Yakata: 300JPY
(Jingu Museum: 500JPY)
*Sengukan is closed for repair work due to the damaged caused by the flooding in autumn 2017.
- 2 bus rides to get around town: 860JPY (430JPY per ride)**
**One day pass is 1000yen per adult, 500yen for kids
IC cards (SUICA, PASMO, etc)can also be used when riding the bus
- Lunch: 1500JPY (depending on what you have)
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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This was my first visit to Iseshi, and I had many questions for Kumi. She served as an excellent instructor and teacher on Shinto traditions and history, and she was also very engaging on Buddhist practices as well. We spoke in Japanese, and her patience was admirable as we discussed several complex topics. She is very efficient, as well as kind and helpful. I strongly recommend her to anyone seeking to learn about Shinto traditions at Iseshi.