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Meoto Iwa (夫婦岩, the Wedded Rocks) are two sacred rocks in the ocean near Futami, a small town in Ise City. The larger of the two rocks represents the husband and the smaller one represents the wife. Both rocks are connected by a shimenawa rope which acts as the division between the spiritual and earthly realms. In a ceremony, the shimenawa rope is replaced three times a year.

Visitors are advised to visit the Meoto Iwa during high tide when the rocks are actually separated by water. More difficult to catch is the famous view of the sun rising between the two rocks on a fine summer morning. If you are in favor with the gods, you get both the sun rising between the rocks at high tide plus the silhouette of Mt.Fuji in the distance. Visibility needs to be extraordinarily good in order for the iconic mountain to be visible.

Not far from the Meoto Iwa is the Futami-Okitama Shrine, where a number of shinto deities (kami) are enshrined. Many frog sculptures can be seen in the vicinity of the shrine as they are believed to be a type of charm for bringing people or things back. The term for frog in Japanese (kaeru) uses the same phonetic term for the verb "return". There is a small shop not far from the shrine that sells amulets and fortune telling paper slips (omikuji)

The path that leads to the rocks carries on eastwards, passing another small shrine, the Ryugu Shrine which is dedicated to the dragon god of the seas. The pathway ends at Futami Plaza, a souvenir and restaurant complex that also features a small, aging aquarium. A stone's throw from Meoto Iwa on the opposite side is the Hinjitsukan, a former accomodation for important guests visiting the Ise shrines, which is now opened to the public as a museum.

Getting there and around

The rocks are a 15 minute walk from JR Futaminoura Station, which can be reached by JR trains in less than 10 minutes from Iseshi Station (210 yen one way, hourly departures). Alternatively, the rocks can be accessed by the CAN buses.

How to get to and around the Shima Peninsula

Hotels around Ise Shima

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    • Ise Guest House Sora
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      伊勢ゲストハウス そら is set in Ise, 5 km from Ise Grand Shrine and 4.4 km from Oharai-machi. With a shared lounge, the 1-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. The units at the guest house come with a seating area. All units feature a wardrobe. Ise Shrine Geku is 2.2 km from 伊勢ゲストハウス そら, while Sarutahiko Shrine is 4 km away. The nearest airport is Chubu Airport, 42 km from the accommodation.
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    • Ise Guest House Kazami
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      Newly built in November 2018 as a dodecagon-shaped building, featuring an indoor garden at the atrium, Ise Guest House Kazami offers dormitory and private rooms. Guests can cook their own meals at the shared kitchen and use free WiFi in the entire building. All rooms feature air conditioning and heating facilities. Bathrooms and toilets are shared. Towels are available for an extra cost. The free-use kitchen provides a microwave, a fridge and an electric kettle. A small library is available for guests to spend their time in. A coin-launderette is on site as well. Kazami Guest House Ise is only a 2-minute walk from JR Iseshi Train Station, 5-minute walk from Ise Shrine and a 10-minute drive from Yamatohime no Miya Shrine. Meoto Iwa Wedded Rocks are a 30-minute train ride away. Free coffee and tea are available, while bread can be purchased on site.
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    • Hinode Ryokan
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      Conveniently located just a 2-minute walk from Iseshi Train Station, Hinode Ryokan is Japanese-style accommodation with a historic charm. Ise-jingu Shrine’s Geku (outer shrine) is a 5-minute walk away. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Ise-jingu Shrine’s Naiku (inner shrine) is a 20-minute bus ride away. Futami Sea Paradise Aquarium can be reached within a 25-minute walk. Fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding, each room comes with facilities like a flat-screen TV, a fridge and an electric kettle. Guests can unwind at a seating area with a low table and cushions. Bathroom and toilets are shared with other guests. Ryokan Hinode offers bicycle rental services on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests can enjoy playing table tennis on site, and drinks vending machines are available. Traditional Japanese set meal can be served for breakfast in the privacy of the guestroom. There are many restaurants around the property, as well.
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    • Hoshidekan
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      Located 500 metres from Kintetsu Iseshi Train Station, Hoshidekan Ryokan (a member of the Japanese Inn Group) is a wooden building that was built in the 1920's and provides Japanese-style rooms with free WiFi, an LCD TV and traditional futon bedding. It has shared bath and a courtyard garden. Rooms at Hoshidekan have paper screens, a tatami (woven-straw) floor and a low wooden table. An air conditioner, slippers and green tea are provided. Bathrooms and toilets are shared. The Geku Ise Shrine is a 18-minute walk from the hotel. On-site parking is free and requires a reservation. The hotel has baths that can be reserved for private use, and a free-use internet station is provided at the lobby. A coin launderette is available. Guests staying with a meal plan will be served Japanese breakfast in the dining room.
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    • Poka Poka Village
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      Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Poka Poka Village is a guest house in Ise, 7 km from Ise Grand Shrine. Free private parking is available on site. Each room has a shared bathroom. Towels and toothbrushes can be purchased on site. Free use of bicycles is available at this guest house and the area is popular for canoeing. A light breakfast including toast and drinks is provided at the property. Meoto Iwa is a 15-minute walk from Poka Poka Village. Futamiura Beach Resort and Futamiura Seaside Barbecue Site are a 5-minute walk away, where guests can enjoy sunset views. Oharai-machi is 7 km from the property, while Ise Aduchimomoyama culture village is 1.3 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chubu Airport, 39 km from Poka Poka Village.
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    • Comfort Hotel Ise
      Mid-range
      6 km from Ise Grand Shrine, Comfort Hotel Ise is set in Ise and offers air-conditioned rooms. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the hotel all rooms have a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Guests at Comfort Hotel Ise can enjoy a continental or a buffet breakfast. Oharai-machi is 5 km from the accommodation, while Ise Shrine Geku is 1.8 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chubu Airport, 42 km from Comfort Hotel Ise.
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    • Weekly Mansion Ise No.6
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      Weekly Mansion Ise No.6 offers accommodation in Funaech?. Ise is 1.9 km from the property. Free WiFi is provided . JR Iseshi Station and Ujiyamada Station are both 3 minutes on foot. The accommodation has a flat-screen TV. All units feature a kitchenette fitted with a microwave and toaster. A fridge and stovetop are also offered, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle. Each unit comes with a private bathroom with a bath. Towels are featured. Free-use bicycles are available at the proeprty. Ise Shrine Geku is a 10-minute stroll. Toba is 11 km from Weekly Mansion Ise No.6, while Tsu is 33 km away. The nearest airport is Chubu Airport, 42 km from Weekly Mansion Ise No.6.
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    • Ryoso Uminocho
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      Located less than 200 m from the sea shore, Ryoso Uminocho offers tranquil getaway spot with free-access private beach, seasonal outdoor pool and sauna. On-site dining and en suite private baths are provided for guests’ convenience. There are indoor and outdoor public bathrooms from which guests can enjoy views of surrounding greeneries. Here, guests can use the karaoke machines and table tennis facilities for entertainment or request a massage for relaxation. Free WiFi is accessible in the lobby and on-site parking is possible also free of charge. Featuring nature views, all rooms at Ryoso Uminocho are fitted with a refrigerator, electric kettle and a flat-screen TV. En suite bathrooms include a bath, a shower and free toiletries. Selected rooms boast a private open-air bath. Japanese set breakfast is served in the dining area every morning. Dinner is served in either guest rooms or private dining room as a Japanese Kaiseki course meal featuring fresh local ingredients. From the hotel, Ikenoura Seaside Station is 11 minutes on foot whilte Toba Station is a 7 minutes away on the free shuttle bus. Toba Aquarium is a 10-minute drive and Ise Shrine is a 30-minute drive away.
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    • Sanco Inn Iseshi-Ekimae Shikinoyu
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      Sanco Inn Iseshi-Ekimae Shikinoyu is located in Ise, within 7 km of Ise Grand Shrine and 6 km of Oharai-machi. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. ?minato-k? is 7 km from the hotel and Ise-Shima Nat'l Park is 7 km away. The units in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Guest rooms at Sanco Inn Iseshi-Ekimae Shikinoyu include air conditioning and a desk. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Ise Shrine Geku is 2 km from Sanco Inn Iseshi-Ekimae Shikinoyu, while Sarutahiko Shrine is 3.7 km away. The nearest airport is Chubu Airport, 42 km from the hotel.
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    • Hotel Route Inn Ise
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      Located in Ise, within 10 km of Ise Grand Shrine and 8 km of Oharai-machi, Hotel Route Inn Ise provides accommodation with a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. This 3-star Japanese-style business hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. The property is 9 km from ?minato-k? and 10 km from Ise-Shima Nat'l Park. All units are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk. The units include a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries. Guests at the japanese-style business hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Ise Shrine Geku is 4.1 km from Hotel Route Inn Ise, while Sarutahiko Shrine is 6 km away. The nearest airport is Chubu Airport, 43 km from the accommodation.
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