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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kansai - Shima Peninsula
Meoto Iwa (Wedded Rocks)
# 2   of 8 most visited
sights in Ise Shima

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Meoto Iwa, the "Wedded Rocks", are two sacred rocks in the ocean near Futami, a small town along the coast of Ise City. The two rocks represent husband and wife and are connected by a shimenawa rope. The Okitama Shrine stands nearby.

Try to go there during high tide, when the rocks are actually separated by water. Even better, do so in the early hours of a fine summer day, and you will be able to see the sun rising between the two rocks. If you hit the jackpot, you get everything plus the silhouette of Mt.Fuji in the distance.

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How to get there
The rocks are a 15 minute walk from JR Futaminoura Station, which can be reached by JR trains in less than 10 minutes from Ise-shi Station (210 yen).

Alternatively, you can access the rocks by CAN bus, which provides direct connections to Ise-shi Station and the Outer Shrine (45 minutes), the Inner Shrine (30 minutes), the Edo Wonderland (10 minutes) and Toba (15 minutes).

A one day pass for the CAN bus costs 1000 yen and provides unlimited rides on the bus, as well as discounts on admission to various attractions. A two day pass is available for 1600 yen.

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