Shinto Learning Tour - Japanspecialist
Journey to the heart of Japan’s Shinto culture.
Discover Ise Jingu, in Mie, the most sacred spot in the Shinto religion and the place to learn about Japanese mythology and culture.
On this tour, you'll explore the Outer and Inner Shrines of Ise Jingu (also known as Ise Grand Shrine), learn about the site's spiritual significance and fascinating rebuilding process. You'll also visit the Inner Shrine, Naiku and soak up the ambience of this 'power spot'.
For lunch, you will have time to wander around Okage Yokocho, a shopping street filled with a charming old-world atmosphere and lined with endless food options.
Meet at the Tourist Information Centre inside Nagoya Station (not the JR information Desk). Please be there 10 minutes before the starting time with your voucher. The guide will be waiting with a sign.
You will take the Kintetsu Line from Nagoya Station to Iseshi Station on the Kintetsu limited express train (reserved seat).
You'll start at Sengukan, a museum dedicated to Ise Jingu and the Shinto religion. Opening in 2012, this museum is a great place to learn about the monumental shrine rebuilding process. According to an ancient Shinto tradition, the Inner and Outer Shrine are both rebuilt from scratch every 20 years. Following the museum, you'll head to Ise Jingu's outer shrine, Geku, a place with 1,500 years of history and one of the two main shrines of Ise.
Geku houses the Shinto deity and guardian of food, housing and clothing called Toyouke Omikami and who provides the food for Amateratsu Omikami (the Sun Goddess).
As Ise Jingu is the site of many ceremonies throughout the year, there may be restrictions on visiting without prior notice. Thank you for understanding.
After visiting the Outer Shrine, you'll take the bus to the Inner Shrine.
Okage Yokocho is the perfect place to admire historic Ise-style structures, many of which are over 400 years old. You will find plenty of shops and restaurants to sample Ise specialities, like mochi coated with anko (rice cake covered in red bean paste), Ise Udon noodles, and Ise lobster croquettes. You're encouraged to explore and enjoy lunch independently.
After lunch, you will visit the inner shrine, Naiku, considered the holiest shrine in Japan. This place is dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu and boasts 2,000-plus years of history.
Depart from Isuzugawa Station by Kintetsu Limited express train (reserved seat) to Nagoya Station.
Arrive at Nagoya Station Tour ends upon arrival.
Length: One day (10 hours)
Visiting places: Ise Jingu, Sengukan, Okage Yokocho, Naiku
Departing from: Nagoya
Price: EUR 190,- (learn more about prices)
- Please present your reservation confirmation sheet, a printout of the reservation confirmation e-mail, or the e-mail on the screen of your mobile device to personnel at reception.
- The tour may be cancelled if the minimum number of participants (2) is not achieved 7 days before the scheduled start date.
- Participants who require a wheelchair or have difficulty walking are required to be with a companion as some areas do not have adequate disabled access. The tour guide is unable to assist in this respect.
- Refunds cannot be provided if a participant chooses, for their own reasons, not to enter a facility or use tickets.
- Alternative transport may be provided if the Kintetsu Limited Express tickets are sold out or if there is a disruption with service.
- The order of activities and arrival times may vary due to transport disruption.
- Transport in the Ise Jingu area is by bus and seating cannot be guaranteed.
- Ise Jingu hosts many ceremonies throughout the year, and this may impact what is possible to visit on any particular day.
- Children aged 5 years and under are not permitted on this tour.
- Please wear suitable footwear and clothing as this tour involves a large amount of walking.
- Sengukan admission fee
- Transportation costs throughout the tour
- Seat reservations on the Kintetsu Limited Express train
- Pick-up and drop-off service