Ise-jingu Shrine (Naiku / Geku)

Travel Guide - Ise-jingu Shrine (Naiku / Geku)


Ise-jingu Shrine dates back to approximately 2,000 years, and is a pillar among the most important shrines in Japan.
Standing by the Isuzu-gawa River, surrounded by 800-year older Jingu cedars, and with its gravel lane approach, the shrine presents a solemn atmosphere.

Ise-jingu is divided into areas called Naiku and Geku.

Naiku, formally called Kotai-jingu, enshrines Amaterasu Omikami, the goddess of the sun and the direct ancestor of the Japanese imperial family according to the Japanese myth.
The main building in Naiku is constructed with Japan's oldest architectural method.
Geku, formally called Toyouke-daijingu, enshrines Toyouke-no-Omikami who is responsible for Amaterasu Omikami's meal.
She is also the goddess of agriculture and industry.
Generally the worshippers of Ise-jingu Shrine visit Naiku first.

All buildings in Ise-jingu Shrine and the Uji-bashi Bridge are reconstructed every 20 years.
This religious ceremony called "Shikinen Sengu (Periodic transfer of the deity)" began in 690 and lasts over 1,300 years.
The latest "Shikinen Sengu" was held in 2013.
In Sengu-kan Museum located in Geku, you can learn more about the ceremony.

Opening Hours

  • 5:00 – 17:00 *varies according to the season
  • Sengu-kan Museum: 9:00 - 16:30 *admission until 30 minutes before closing


  • No closing days
  • Sengu-kan Museum: 4th Tuesday of each month (or the following day when it falls on a national holiday)

Access / Public Transport

  • Ise Jingu Shrine (Naiku): 15 minutes from Ise-shi Station on the JR lines or Kintetsu Yamada Line by the Naiku-Gaiku Loop Bus. Get off at Naiku-mae Bus stop.
  • Ise Jingu Shrine (Geku) and Sengu-kan Museum: 5 minutes walk from Ise-shi Station on the JR lines or Kintetsu Yamada Line

Address / Location

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