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The Outer Shrine (O{, Gekū) is one of the two main shrines making up the Ise Shrines in Ise City. Formally known as the Toyouke Daijingu, the Outer Shrine enshrines Toyouke Omikami, the Shinto deity and guardian of food, housing and clothing. Toyouke provides the food for the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu Omikami, who is enshrined at the Inner Shrine, four kilometers to the south. The Outer Shrine is traditionally visited before the Inner Shrine.

The Outer Shrine is believed to have been established over 1500 years ago, about 500 years after the Inner Shrine. Like the Inner Shrine, it is rebuilt every 20 years (the next time in 2033) and features an architectural style that is almost free of influence from the Asian mainland. The grounds of the Outer Shrine are a little bit smaller compared to the Inner Shrine's. They are traversed on gravel-covered walking paths that lead through a forest of tall trees.

At the entrance to the shrine grounds stands the Sengukan Museum. Opened in 2012 on the occasion of the shrine's most recent rebuilding, the museum explains visitors the monumental shrine rebuilding process. The museum's outstanding exhibits include a fourth of a 1:1 replica of the Inner Shrine's main building as well as a beautiful 1:20 model of the main sanctuary. An English pamphlet and audio guide are available, but all the signs are in Japanese only.

The shrine's main sanctuary is reached in about a five minute walk from the Sengukan Museum and is quite similar to the one at the Inner Shrine. The main building is surrounded by multiple sets of fences, and visitors are not allowed beyond the outermost of them. Only partially visible, the main building features forked roof finishings (chigi) that are cut vertically at their tips and nine decorative wooden beams (katsuogi).

A number of auxiliary shrines stand not far from the main sanctuary at the base and summit of a small hill. They include the Kazenomiya, dedicated to the god of wind; the Tsuchinomiya, dedicated to the god of the land; and Takanomiya, dedicated to the spirit of Toyouke.

Getting there and around

The Outer Shrine is located in central Ise, about a ten minute walk from Iseshi or Ujiyamada Station. Frequent buses connect the Outer Shrine with the Inner Shrine (15 minutes, 470 yen one way). The Outer Shrine is also served by the CAN buses.

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Sengukan Museum

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Hotels around Ise Shima

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    • Ise Guest House Sora
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Ise, within 5.2 km of Ise Grand Shrine and 4.1 km of Oharai-machi, Ise Guest House Sora offers accommodation with free bikes and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. The property is situated 1.5 km from Ise Shrine Geku, 4 km from Sarutahiko Shrine and 5.2 km from Ise-Shima Nat'l Park. The property is non-smoking and is located 38 km from Tsu-k?. At the guest house, each room comes with a wardrobe. Every room has a safety deposit box and certain rooms here will provide you with river views. The units feature a shared bathroom, free toiletries and bed linen. ?minato-k? is 6.5 km from Ise Guest House Sora, while Sun Arena is 7.3 km away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 143 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hoshidekan
      Budget-friendly
      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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    • Hinode Ryokan
      Mid-range
      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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    • Taikoji Shukubo Hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Taikoji Shukubo Hostel is situated in Ise, 8 km from Ise Grand Shrine. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms are air conditioned and bathroom facilities are shared. Taikoji Shukubo Hostel features free WiFi throughout the property. There is a shared lounge at the property. Instant noodles and instant Japanese curry is available for purchase on site. There is a microwave and an electric kettle in the dining room at Taikoji Shukubo Hostel. Oharai-machi is 8 km from Taikoji Shukubo Hostel, while Ise Sea Paradise is 300 metres away. The nearest airport is Chubu Airport, 39 km from the property. Taikoji Shukubo Hostel is located on a mountain and is accessible via 100 steps from the parking lot.
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    • Comfort Hotel Ise
      Mid-range
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Comfort Hotel Ise is set in Ise, 5.9 km from Ise Grand Shrine and 3.6 km from Oharai-machi. With 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. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet or a continental breakfast. Speaking English and Japanese, staff are always on hand to help 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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    • FAV HOTEL ISE
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      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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    • Sanco Inn Iseshi-Ekimae Shikinoyu
      Mid-range
      Sanco Inn Iseshi-Ekimae Shikinoyu is located in Ise, 6.4 km from Ise Grand Shrine and 4.1 km from Oharai-machi. Among the facilities at this property are a shared lounge and a 24-hour front desk, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Sarutahiko Shrine is 3.6 km from the hotel and Ise-Shima Nat'l Park is 6.4 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. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Tsu-k? is 37 km from Sanco Inn Iseshi-Ekimae Shikinoyu, while Ise Shrine Geku is 700 metres away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 143 km from the hotel.
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    • Toyoko Inn Iseshi Eki
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      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Toyoko Inn Iseshi Eki is situated in Ise, 7.1 km from Ise Grand Shrine and 4.8 km from Oharai-machi. With a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. Private parking is available on site. At the hotel, rooms have a desk and a flat-screen TV. Toyoko Inn Iseshi Eki offers a buffet or Asian breakfast. Staff at the accommodation are always available to provide advice at the reception. Tsu-k? is 37 km from Toyoko Inn Iseshi Eki, while Ise Shrine Geku is 1.2 km from the property. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 129 km from the hotel.
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