Motoise Kono Shrine (元伊勢籠神社, Motoise Kono Jinja) stands near the northern end of the Amanohashidate Sandbar. Historically the most important shrine of the Tango Region in northern Kyoto Prefecture, it once enshrined Shinto's most venerated deity, the Sun Goddess (Amaterasu); and Toyoukehime, a local deity of clothing, food and housing. Both were later enshrined as the main deities of the Inner and Outer Ise Shrines respectively. As a result, Kono Shrine is also referred to as Motoise (literally: "Origin of Ise").
The shrine's main hall closely resembles that of the Inner Shrine at Ise, including the ten katsuogi roof logs and the jewel-shaped decorations (suedama) on its railings, not seen at any other shrines besides Motoise Kono Shrine and Ise Jingu. Next to the main buildings stand several smaller shrines built in various architectural styles and dedicated to various deities, including Amaterasu, Sarutahiko, Ebisu, Inari and the Kasuga gods.