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The Outer Shrine (外宮, 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 will be 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 spring 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 only allowed to go 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). Photography is not allowed beyond the outermost fence.

A number of auxiliary shrine buildings 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, 440 yen one way). The Outer Shrine is also served by the CAN buses.

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    • Ise Guest House Sora
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Ise, 5 km from Ise Grand Shrine, Ise Guest House Sora offers accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. The property is around 4.4 km from Oharai-machi, 2.2 km from Ise Shrine Geku and 4 km from Sarutahiko Shrine. Attractions in the area include Sun Arena, 7 km away, or Futamiokitama Shrine, located 8 km from the property. All units at the guest house come with a seating area. Every room has a safety deposit box and certain rooms here will provide you with river views. The units feature a shared bathroom, slippers and bed linen. Ise-Shima Nat'l Park is 5 km from Ise Guest House Sora, while ?minato-k? is 7 km away.
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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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    • 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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    • 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 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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    • 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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    • 海辺のゲストハウスぽかぽか村
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, 海辺のゲストハウスぽかぽか村 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 海辺のゲストハウスぽかぽか村. 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 海辺のゲストハウスぽかぽか村.
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    • Comfort Hotel Ise
      Mid-range
      Set in Ise, 6 km from Ise Grand Shrine, Comfort Hotel Ise offers accommodation with free bikes and private parking. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel has family rooms. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Comfort Hotel Ise all rooms have bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental or a buffet breakfast. Oharai-machi is 5 km from Comfort Hotel Ise, while Ise Shrine Geku is 1.8 km from the property.
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    • FAV HOTEL ISE
      Luxury
      Set within 5 km of Ise Grand Shrine and 3.7 km of Oharai-machi, FAV HOTEL ISE offers rooms in Ise. The property is located 600 metres from Ise Shrine Geku, 3.2 km from Sarutahiko Shrine and 5 km from Ise-Shima Nat'l Park. 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 5 km from FAV HOTEL ISE, while Sun Arena is 6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chubu Airport, 42 km from the accommodation.
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    • Sanco Inn Iseshi-Ekimae Shikinoyu
      Mid-range
      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. The property is set 7 km from ?minato-k? and 7 km from Ise-Shima Nat'l Park. 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.
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    • Hotel Route Inn Ise
      Mid-range
      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 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, slippers and a desk. The units include a private bathroom, a hairdryer and bed linen. Guests at the 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.
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