Meoto Iwa (vw, 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 Chitose
      Budget-friendly
      Ise Chitose, a property with a garden, is situated in Ise, less than 1 km from Oharai-machi, 40 km from Tsu-k?, as well as 400 metres from Sarutahiko Shrine. The air-conditioned accommodation is 2.5 km from Ise Grand Shrine, and guests can benefit from on-site private parking and complimentary WiFi. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. At the guest house, each unit is fitted with a shared bathroom. Ise-Shima Nat'l Park is 2.5 km from the guest house, while Ise Shrine Geku is 3.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 142 km from Ise Chitose.
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    • Guesthouse Ise Futami
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      Guesthouse Ise Futami, a property with a shared lounge, is located in Ise, 8.6 km from Ise Grand Shrine, 8.2 km from Oharai-machi, as well as 43 km from Tsu-k?. This guest house provides free private parking, a shared kitchen and free WiFi. The accommodation offers luggage storage space, a housekeeping service and organising tours for guests. Some units are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, washing machine and a kettle, as well as a fully equipped kitchen. In some units there is a dressing room for guests to change in. The area is popular for cycling and fishing, and bike hire is available at this 1-star guest house. Futamiokitama Shrine is 1.9 km from the guest house, while Sun Arena is 2.5 km away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 149 km from Guesthouse Ise Futami.
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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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    • Ise Guest House Sora
      Budget-friendly
      5.2 km from Ise Grand Shrine, Ise Guest House Sora is a recently renovated property set in Ise and offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and private parking. It is located 4.1 km from Oharai-machi and features luggage storage space. Parking on-site is available and the guest house also provides free use of bicycles for guests who want to explore the surrounding area. All units at the guest house come with a seating area. The units are equipped with a safety deposit box and certain rooms here will provide you with river views. The units feature a shared bathroom, slippers and bed linen. There is a coffee shop on-site. Tsu-k? is 38 km from the guest house, while Ise Shrine Geku is 1.5 km away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 143 km from Ise Guest House Sora.
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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 Shrinefs Geku (outer shrine) is a 5-minute walk away. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Ise-jingu Shrinefs 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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    • Ise Guest House Kazami
      Budget-friendly
      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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    • Weekly Mansion Ise No.6
      Budget-friendly
      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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    • Comfort Hotel Ise
      Mid-range
      Comfort Hotel Ise is set in Ise, 5.9 km from Ise Grand Shrine and 3.6 km from Oharai-machi. Featuring free bikes, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking is available on site. At the hotel, each room is fitted with a desk and a flat-screen TV. At Comfort Hotel Ise all rooms have bed linen and towels. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at the accommodation. Speaking English and Japanese, staff will be happy to provide guests with practical information on the area at the 24-hour front desk. Tsu-k? is 37 km from Comfort Hotel Ise, while Ise Shrine Geku is less than 1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 143 km from the hotel.
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    • Tabist Asanokan Annex Iroha Ise
      Mid-range
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Tabist Asanokan Annex Iroha Ise is located in Ise, 10 km from Ise Grand Shrine and 9.3 km from Oharai-machi. The property is set 44 km from Tsu-k?, 700 metres from Futamiokitama Shrine and 2.1 km from Ise Azuchi-Momoyama Culture Village. Toba Aquarium is 9.2 km from the hotel and ?minato-k? is 10 km away. At the hotel, each room has air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Sun Arena is 3.4 km from Tabist Asanokan Annex Iroha Ise, while Sarutahiko Shrine is 9.2 km away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 150 km from the accommodation.
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    • FAV HOTEL ISE
      Luxury
      Featuring 4-star accommodation, FAV HOTEL ISE is set in Ise, 6.6 km from Ise Grand Shrine and 4.2 km from Oharai-machi. The property is located 37 km from Tsu-k?, 700 metres from Ise Shrine Geku and 3.6 km from Sarutahiko Shrine. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. All units in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. All guest rooms will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. ?minato-k? is 6.3 km from FAV HOTEL ISE, while Ise-Shima Nat'l Park is 6.6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 143 km from the accommodation.
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