visit the NAIKU INNER SHRINE. ...
visit the NAIKU INNER SHRINE. This is the most important of the two and honours goddess Amaterasu, the highest diety in the Shinto pantheon. To enter the main area of the shrine, cross the Uji Bridge over the rushing Isuzu River. Crossing the bridge is an act of purification. After crossing the bridge turn to the left and you will soon enter the main sanctuary. Passing two sacred torii gates you will notice the branches of the sacred sakaki bushes and strips of folded paper adorning the pillars. These branches and paper are replaced every ten days. The concept of renewal is an important aspect of the Shinto religion.
The Goshoden (main sanctuary) contains Amaterasu's sacred mirror, one of the three treasures of the imperial family. Four fences surround the sanctuary; pilgrims can go as far as the second fence. Behind the Goshoden are two treasuries. The pristine buildings are on white raked gravel. The structures themselves derive from early storehouses; they are raised on pillars and have thick thatched roofs. Next to the Goshoden is an identical space where the new sanctuary will be constucted. When finished, the two sit side by side until the sacred mirror is transferred during a nightime ceremony. Then the old building is disassembled. Since the buildings are constucted without nails, they can be moved to another shrine.
The photo shows the steps leading up to the Goshoden. This is as close as I could get taking photographs for once inside the shrine photography is forbidden.
Visit the shinto shrine in the city of Ise, Mie prefecture, in central Japan. It is the ancestral shrine of the Japanese imperial family and guardian shrine of the Japanese nation. It is believed that the inner shrine dates from the 3rd century and the outer shrine dates from the 5th century.
The Gardens at Naiku are very Beautiful, and you can get some very nice pictures to show your family when you get back!
The Mecca of the Shintoist religion, it has been a site of pilgrimage for ages. It comprises the Outer (Gegu) and Inner (Naigu) Shrines.
- Historical Travel
- Religious Travel
Ise Shrine is visited at least once in a lifetime by every Japanese living in the area (Mie prefecture and surroundings), usually during elementary school.