Oise Mairi at Ise Shrine (Ise Jingu)

Que Onda? It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. This time we are sharing our Hatsumode (the first visit to the shrine of the year) trip to Ise Shrine.

Oise Mairi at Ise Shrine (Ise Jingu)

Ise Jingu (shrine) is officially named just Jingu since it is like a headquarter of all the shrines in Japan. However, for avoiding confusion with other shrines (jingu), people call it Ise Jingu. Travelling to Ise Jingu was sorta status for people in the Edo era, which is specifically called Oise Mairi. And after hundreds years, it’s our turn!

There are the two shrines, the main shrine (Naiku) and the sub shrine (Geku), located in different areas. Most of tourists visit only Naiku, though, to do this right, you should visit Geku then Naiku. FYI, ‘Ge’ refers to outer and ‘Nai’ refers to inner.

 

Ise Shrine (Geku)

Geku is kinda easy access. It’s just a 5-minute walk from the nearest station (JR Ise-shi Station). It took us about an hour to finish looking around the area. Perhaps you would need another 30 minutes for checking thoroughly. (We are “fast” walkers, you know.)

 

Ise Shrine (Naiku)

There are buses straight to Naiku from Geku. If you plan on visiting only Naiku, buses are also available in central or you also could access by train (get off at JR Isuzugawa Station and take a bus to Naiku).

Naiku is always busy.

 

It is said that due to millions of visitors crossing this first bridge after the gate, it has to be replaced/repaired every now and then as it gets thinner and thinner.

 

The main shrine. No camera allowed inside the gate.

 

Information

Ise Shrine (Naiku)

1 Ujitachi-cho, Ise City, Mie Prefecture

Ise Shrine (Geku)

279 Toyokawachō, Ise City, Mie Prefecture

Open
October – December: 5 am to 5 pm
January – April and September: 5 am to 6 pm
May – August: 5 am to 7 pm

Website

http://www.isejingu.or.jp/en/index.html

 

Lastly

How do you find it? BTW, visiting shrines/temples does not require to be a Buddhist, so please don’t hesitate if you are not religious. As long as you are interested in Japanese culture, anyone is welcome!

Hope it helps. See you around!

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Popular Places to Go in Shirahama City, Wakayama

Como estas? It’s Mr. Wada back on duty amigos. I would like to share places to go in Shirahama City, Wakayama this time.

Popular Places to Go in Shirahama City, Wakayama

Previously I’ve shown you nice places in Wakayama City. Drive down south for 1.5 hour and that’s another city called Shirahama (still within Wakayama Prefecture). It’s not big but more nature and places to check out.

Toretore Ichiba Market

Tore Tore Ichiba market is like a wet market for pros but it is for visitors. In fact there are food court and seats. There is even an onsen place in the same property. It’d be nice to soak into hot spring before or after having fresh seafood. There are different food stands like Kebab, BBQ, etc. as well. Go fill your stomach as you desire!

This is also the best place to purchase souvenir. Wakayama’s famous umeboshi (dried plum), umeshu (plum liquor) are all available.

I got marinated salmon & salmon egg bowl, Mrs. Wada got gorgeous sashimi bowl.

 

Toretore Ichiba Market
Access

2521 Katata, Shirahama cho, Nishimurogun, Wakayama

Business Hours

8:30 – 18:30

*It may vary during the holidays.

Contact 0739-42-1010
Website https://toretore.com/ichiba/ (in Japanese)

 

Shirahama White Beach

As its name Shirahama (white beach), Shirahama Beach is a thing you can’t miss. It would be full of people in summer. It’s only winter that you can run around like this!

FYI, every New Year’s Eve, countdown fireworks can be seen right at the beach.

Shirarahama White Beach
 Access

Shirahama, Nishimuro District, Wakayama

 

 

Sandanbeki Rock Cliff

A series of 50-meter-high cliffs (like Tojinbo in Fukui) would overwhelm visitors. There’s a cave down there as well.

Sandanbeki Rock Cliff
Access

2927-52 Shirahama, Nishimuro District, Wakayama

Website http://sandanbeki.com/

 

Senjojiki Rock Formation

With the layers of the rock plates made by waves for centuries, it feels like we are in another planet! Spontaneous. Since it’s near the shore, it gets windy and slippery. Stay alert.

Senjojiki Rock Formation
 Access

2927-72 Shirahama, Nishimuro District, Wakayama

 

Engetsuto Island

It’s Shirahama’s symbolic spot. Officially its name is Takashima Island but known as Engetsuto Island. Just a 5-minute drive from the central. Sunset views are very popular for tourists. There’s a ferry tour passing through the hole in the middle as well.

Viewing Point of Engetsuto Island
Access

 

Adventure World

Ueno Zoo in Tokyo is not the only place you can see pandas. This Adventure World is a three-in-one theme park (zoo, aquarium, and amusement park). It’s got restaurants and cafes as well. Pretty good for families, couples, anybody!

Adventure World
Access

2399 Katata, Shirahama cho, Nishimurogun, Wakayama

Business Hours

9:30 – 17:00

*It may vary.

Contact 0570-06-4481
Website http://www.aws-s.com/en/

 

Shirahama Onsen

Outdoor Onsen (hot spring) is always one thing you should try while in Japan and there are several places in Shirahama as well. Amazing views with the white beach would be worth a visit!

Shirasuna

864 Shirahama, Nishimuro District, Wakayama

Reference: www.town.shirahama.wakayama.jp/kanko/onsen/1454046592467.html (in JP)

 Muro no Yu

 1665 Shirahama, Nishimuro District, Wakayama

 Saki no Yu

1668 Shirahama, Nishimuro District, Wakayama

 Shirara Yu

 3313-1 Shirahama, Nishimuro District, Wakayama

Reference : Wakayama City website

 

Lastly

How do you find it? Lots to see in such a small town huh? We would like to visit and explore deeper another time.

Anyway, hope it helps.

See you around!



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