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Jan 2, 2011

Ise Grand Shrine

Grand Ise Shrine (伊 势 神宫, Ise Jingu?) is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the goddess Amaterasu-Omikami, located in the city of Ise in Mie prefecture, Japan. Officially known simply as Jingu, Ise Jingu shrine complex actually consists of a large number of Shinto shrine (神宫?) which centered on two main temples, Naikū (内 宫?) and Gekū (外 宫?).
Inner Temple, Naikū (also officially known as "Kotai Jingu"), located in the town of Test-tachi, south central city of Ise, and dedicated to the worship of Amaterasu-Omikami. Outer Temple, Gekū (also officially known as "Toyouke Daijingu"), located about six kilometers from Naikū and dedicated to not Toyouke Omikami, the god of agriculture and industry. and Gekū Naikū addition, there are an additional 123 Shinto Shrine in Ise City and surrounding areas, 91 of them connected to Naikū and 32 for Gekū.

It is said that house Sacred Mirror, the shrine is arguably one of the holiest and most important Shinto site. Access to both locations is extremely limited, with the general public allowed to see a little more than thatched roof of the central structures, hidden behind the four tall wooden fence. High priest or pastor of the Temple of Ise must come from the Japanese imperial family, and is responsible to watch over the Shrine.

Both the main shrine of Ise joined the pilgrimage road that passes through the old entertainment area Furuichi. Region around the temple consists of Ise-Shima National Park and various shrines and other historical including Meoto Iwa 'embrace rock', and Saiku (the imperial residence of the Heian period.)


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