The most prestigious shrine in Japan -📍 Ise Jingu, Mie
Ise Jingu’s main shrine in the ancient “Yuiitsu Shinmei-zukuri” style
Ise shrine is revered as the most prestigious among about 80,000 shrines in Japan. It's also the "hometown of the heart for Japanese people", and is generally known as "Oise-san".
Ise worship was very popular during the Edo period, and nowadays about 8 million people still visit there every year.
Some of Ise Jingu’s many traditional buildings
Ise Jingu has two shrines: Naiku (内宮) and Geku (外宮).
Naiku has a history of about 2000 years and enshrines Amaterasu Omikami (天照大御神), the all-important Japanese Goddess who is likened to the sun.
Geku has a history of about 1500 years, and enshrines Toyoukeno Omikami (豊受大御神), the guardian deity of all industries, who controls the meals of Amaterasu Omikami.
These two are NOT of the same level of dignity: Naiku is the most precious shrine and the most important of all Ise Jingu.
Nature surrounding the shrines
The shrine building is a wonderful architectural marvel using cypress, called "Yuiitsu Shinmei-zukuri (唯一神明造)", an ancient Japanese architectural style.
In order to maintain its beauty at all times, the shrine is rebuilt once every 20 years, and the Shikinen Sengu (式年遷宮), meaning ‘year ceremony of transitioning the palace’, the largest festival of the Jingu Shrine, is held. The next sengū will be held in 2033.