By Chris Glenn
The Grand Shrine of Ise, Ise Jingu, comprises two main shrines (Naiku & Geku) and 123 affiliated smaller shrines. Geku has enshrined the god of food, clothing and shelter since 1500 years ago. The long approach to the main building is covered with beautiful gravel, and is surrounded by towering old trees, and scented with clean, fresh air. The buildings are really simple. But here, we can feel the existence of God behind everything. Ise Jingu is basically a place for showing our appreciation to God, not for asking God to fulfill our wishes.
Access: A 5-minute-walk from JR or Kintestu Iseshi Station.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。