Proper Way to Visit Ise Shrine
Many visitors come to Ise and go straight to Naiku, the inner Shrine of Ise Shrine however, for those looking to experience Ise Shrine the way it was meant to be visited, you first need to visit Geku, the outer Shrine. It's actually quite convenient, because upon exiting Ise station, you simply need to walk straight and you will arrive at Geku!
After visiting Geku, visitors should then visit Naiku. If you want to do it the correct way, you should walk. Some say it's too far, but remember, those who made the pilgrimage to Ise in the past came from all parts of Japan. Some had horses and other forms of transportation but others had to walk! Of course, if you don't want to walk, today you can take a bus to Naiku!
You don't necessarily need to do anything after visiting Naiku, but once again, if you are looking to get the most out of your visit to Ise Shrine, your final stop should be Okage Yokocho, which branches off from Oharaimachi near the inner shrine. Okage Yokocho is where the pilgrims came to rest after their long journey to Ise. The locals knew the pilgrims came from far away, so they provided them with rice and new shoes free of charge. Sadly, if you wish for rice and shoes, you will have to pay for them, but this is the proper way to visit the shrine for those who enjoy living history!