Trip to Ise Jingu (Location of one of Japan’s three great treasures)

The shrine at Ise is actually separated into two shrines. the outer one called Geku, which is dedicated to Toyouke Omikami who is the god of agriculture and industry. The main shrine, Naiku, is dedicated to the leading deity in the Shinto religion, Amaterasu Omikami. The shrine is one of the most sacred places in Japan because it houses one of Japan’s three great treasures, the mirror of Amaterasu.

The shrines are located four miles from each other and many visitors skip going to the outer shrine, Geku. However, in the past, there was a pilgrimage that walked the four miles from Geku to Naiku through a great torii gate and Cyprus forest.

Many of the main structures are off limits except for high ranking priests and members of the royal family. Other structures and areas have limitations on where you can take pictures. The pictures below are of Geku and the pilgrimage.

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