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Kyōto 京都 | Uji 宇治 | Nara 奈良 | Ōsaka 大阪 | Wakayama 和歌山 | Kōbe 神戸 | Himeji and Akashi 姫路と明石 | Kinosaki and Fukuchiyama 城崎と福知山 | Amanohashidate 天橋立 | Ōtsu 大津 | Ōmi Hachiman and Azuchi 近江八幡と安土 | Hikone 彦根 | Nagahama 長浜 | Iga, Seki-juku & Kameyama 伊賀、関宿、亀山 | Ise 伊勢

Ise 伊勢

Scruffy, non-descript city (formerly known as Uji-Yamada) on the edge of Shima-hontō, unexpectedly home to Japan's most sacred Shintō shrine - Ise-jingū.

Pictures taken from separate visits in November of 2004 and March of 2008.
Tsuchinomiya sanctuary in Gegū
Tsuchinomiya sanctuary in Gegū
Sembei vendor
Sembei vendor
Looking up the Isuzu-gawa
Looking up the Isuzu-gawa
Side view of Kotai-jingū Shogu
Side view of Kotai-jingū Shogu
Kawasaki Kaiwai wholesale district
Kawasaki Kaiwai wholesale district
Stone lanterns on the path to the Meoto-iwa
Stone lanterns on the path to the Meoto-iwa
Weathered kura and machiya in Futami-chō
Weathered kura and machiya in Futami-chō
Stone dragon and lanterns at Futaminoura
Stone dragon and lanterns at Futaminoura
Historic ryokan in central Ise
Historic ryokan in central Ise
Daiichi torii at entrance to Gegū
Daiichi torii at entrance to Gegū
The wedded rocks of Meoto-iwa
The "wedded rocks" of Meoto-iwa
Kagura-den, Gegū
Kagura-den, Gegū
Meoto-iwa through a shrine torii
Meoto-iwa through a shrine torii
Okage-yoko-chō
Okage-yoko-chō
Kōtai-jingū Shōgū from Gehei-den
Kōtai-jingū Shōgū from Gehei-den
Posing out front Toyōke-daijingū, Gegū
Posing out front Toyōke-daijingū, Gegū
Kaze-no-miya detail
Kaze-no-miya detail
Atop the Uji-bashi
Atop the Uji-bashi
Munching local treats along Oharai-machi
Munching local treats along Oharai-machi
Path to auxiliary sanctuaries, Gegū
Path to auxiliary sanctuaries, Gegū
Storefront sign, Oharai-machi
Storefront sign, Oharai-machi
Rooftop detail of Toyōke-daijingū, Gegū
Rooftop detail of Toyōke-daijingū, Gegū
Steps to the Kōtai-jingū Shōgū, Naigū
Steps to the Kōtai-jingū Shōgū, Naigū
Pointing the way to the main hall, Gegū
Pointing the way to the main hall, Gegū
Mishinenomi-kura and Gehei-den, Naigū
Mishinenomi-kura and Gehei-den, Naigū
Close-up view of the wedded rocks
Close-up view of the wedded rocks
Front of Tsuchi-no-miya sanctuary, Gegū
Front of Tsuchi-no-miya sanctuary, Gegū
Daini Torii, Gegū
Daini Torii, Gegū
Machiya facades, Oharai-machi
Machiya facades, Oharai-machi
Eyes fixed on the pretty girl, Okage-yoko-chō
Eyes fixed on the pretty girl, Okage-yoko-chō
Secondary site (Kodenchi) for Gegū's shrine
Secondary site (Kodenchi) for Gegū's shrine
Sacred garden in Naigū
Sacred garden in Naigū
Meoto-iwa and stone frog
Meoto-iwa and stone frog
Entrance to Kōtai-jingū Shōgū, Naigū
Entrance to Kōtai-jingū Shōgū, Naigū
Visitors leaving Gegū
Visitors leaving Gegū
Historic facades on Oharai-machi
Historic facades on Oharai-machi
Towering Japanese cypress trees in Naigū
Towering Japanese cypress trees in Naigū
Visitors stopping by the Isuzu-gawa
Visitors stopping by the Isuzu-gawa
Meoto-iwa from along the shore
Meoto-iwa from along the shore
Along the walls of Kōtai-jingū Shōgū
Along the walls of Kōtai-jingū Shōgū
Visitors by the Kaze-no-miya sanctuary
Visitors by the Kaze-no-miya sanctuary
Tsuchi-no-miya sanctuary, Gegū
Tsuchi-no-miya sanctuary, Gegū
Peeking in on an exclusive realm, Naigū
Peeking in on an exclusive realm, Naigū
Uji-Yamada-eki (Ise's main rail station)
Uji-Yamada-eki (Ise's main rail station)
Front of a machiya, Oharai-machi
Front of a machiya, Oharai-machi
Trimming the trees, Naigū
Trimming the trees, Naigū
View through the trees onto Kaze-no-miya
View through the trees onto Kaze-no-miya
Frog statue and the Meoto-iwa
Frog statue and the Meoto-iwa
Alternate site for Kōtai-jingū Shōgū
Alternate site for Kōtai-jingū Shōgū
Windowfront, Oharai-machi
Windowfront, Oharai-machi
Small shrine by the Meoto-iwa
Small shrine by the Meoto-iwa
Kagura-den in Naigū
Kagura-den in Naigū