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Iseshima is Becoming a More Popular Destination in Japan

Looking for a place to have the most sacred experience in Japan? Then Iseshima is for you. Located in the East coast of Mie prefecture, Iseshima is famous for its sacred tradition which has thousands of history with abandon nature and beautiful sceneries.

So why Iseshima? Why now?

Iseshima
Photo Credit: iseshima-kanko.jp

As many of you know, Iseshima (伊勢志摩) was chosen as a platform to host 2016’s G7 summit and welcome the world leaders. Despite of the Shinto’s sanctuary and many sightseeing attractions, Mie prefecture has been recognized rather a less popular tourist destination in Japan. But due to this internationally high level event, the Japanese authorities worked hard to enhance accessibilities especially for foreign tourists. So the question we would ask you back is, if not now then, when?

 

Ise Grand Shrine – Sacred destination

Ise Grand Shrine

First and foremost, you cannot miss Japan’s most sacred shrine “Ise Grand Shrine (伊勢神宮)”. It is a Shinto shrine complex which contains 125 shrines in the area, where the traditional rituals have been practiced over 1,200 years until today.

Ise Grand Shrine

One of the two major shrines, Naiku, is where the goddess Amaterasu is meant to reside who is believed to save the emperor families and Japanese people. Every year, around 7 to 8 million pilgrims still visit this place to worship, and priests practice an 8-years cycle ritual.

Ise Grand Shrine

Some parts of the shrine buildings in the complex have been rebuilt every 20 years as part of the belief that nothing is permanent. You would probably feel time travelled to be a part of its continuous history as a huge contrast of modern high tech Japan.
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Ise Grand Shrine (Naiku)

Address: 279 Toyokawa-cho, Ise city, Mie Prefecture

Access: 15 minutes bus ride from Ise-shi Station

Opening Hours:
5:00am ~ 6:00pm (January to April and September)
5:00am ~ 7:00pm (May to August)
5:00am ~ 5:00pm (October to December)

Fee: free

Website: Ise Grand Shrine

 

Local cuisine & food in Iseshima

Local cuisine

Not so interested in history or religious practices? Don’t worry, Iseshima can offer you way more than that. Wherever you go, you will find fresh seafood including the Ise’s specialities spiny lobsters and abalones. As you walk around the sea shores, open-air restaurants offer fish and shellfish captured just on a day.

Akafuku
Photo Credit: ja.wikipedia.org

If you get tired and need a sugar boost, Akafuku (赤福) has to be the one to go. The secret recipes for their sweets have been over 300 years old!

Local cuisine & food in Iseshima

When the day hits the lunch time, make your way to Fukusuke (ふくすけ) for their famous Ise-Udon which has an even longer history. To complete your food tour, why don’t you grab one of the replicated Shinto Beer (神都ビール) which disappeared from a production line after a very short-run in the early 19th century. Its mild taste is popular even among non-beer-drinkers.
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Akafuku

Address: 26 Ujinakanokiri-cho, Ise city, Mie prefecture

Access: 15 minutes bus ride from JR Ise-shi Station

Opening Hours: 5:00am ~ 5:00pm

Phone: 0596-22-7000

Website: Akafuku (Japanese)

 

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Fukusuke

Address: 52 Ujinakanokiri-cho, Ise city, Mie prefecture

Access: 15 minutes bus ride from JR Ise-shi Station

Opening Hours:
9:30am ~ 5:30pm (March – June, October)
9:30am ~ 6:00pm (July – September)
9:30am ~ 5:00pm (November – February)

Phone: 0596-23-8807

Website: Fukusuke

 

Breath-taking sceneries

Fufu-iwa
Photo Credit: yappa-saiki.sakura.ne.jp

Fufu-iwa (夫婦岩), meaning a rock of a couple in Japanese, is a set of 2 rocks sitting on not far off shore of the Ise bay. There is a rope connecting those two, making its unique shape especially at a time of a sun-set where you can observe disappearing sun in between.

Kumanokodo
Photo Credit: PYONKO OMEYAMA@flickr.com

Once you are in Ise area, a little further trip to the neighbor city Kumano would be definitely worth it. There, go to see Senmaida – one of Japan’s most beautiful rice fields which make you gasp. If you are up for a healthy walk, add Kumanokodo to your sightseeing spot. In the past, the road was used by the pilgrims for their way to worship the mountains. It is kept preserved as it was registered as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites for its beautiful path which seems like “the road to heaven”. Many routes are available for the beginners to the advanced hikers.
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Fufu-iwa

Address: 575 Futamichoe, Ise, Mie Prefecture

Access: 20 minutes bus ride from JR Ise-shi Station

 

And of course…. Onsen!

NEMU HOTEL & RESORT
Photo Credit: Booking.com(ブッキング・ドットコム)

Now you experienced the history, made your stomach full, and enjoyed the panorama. It’s time to get your body relaxed and there are no better ways to do so other than soaking yourself into onsen. Many hotels offer onsen with amazing views of open nature but the Pearl onsen would be something extra special about here in Iseshima.

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Iseshima produces one of the best pearls in Japan and NEMU HOTEL & RESORT offers a luxury bath experience with full of healthy minerals of pearls to make your skin soft and smooth. Obviously everything is naturally sourced, and some people come here only for this particular onsen. By the way, for those who want to enjoy pearls not just for your skins, small craft factories such as Pearl Miki offer you a workshop where you can make your own accessories with the local pearls!
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NEMU HOTEL & RESORT

Address: 2692-3 Hazako, Hamajima-cho, Shima City, Mie Prefecture

Access: Free shuttle bus from Kashikojima Station

Check-in: 3:00pm

Check-out: 11:00am

Phone: 0599-52-1211

Website: NEMU HOTEL & RESORT

 

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