Oharai-machi

Oharai-machi, Ise: Address, Phone Number, Oharai-machi Reviews: 4/5

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GAN L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia8,696 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
Visitors to Naiku shrine will end up here. They can shop for souvenirs and local Ise products to bring back home. There are many shops to cater to the visitors. There are also many restaurants and cafes.
Written 7 November 2019
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olafoomes
Amstelveen, The Netherlands1,671 contributions
Aug 2019
A stone throw away from the Ise Jingu entrance area this very popular shopping street starts and continues for about 750 meters, although the last 150 meters are not that interesting. It is the home for many restaurants, snack- and souvenir shops etc. There is even a great shop where you can buy beautiful chopsticks.
Together with Okage Yokocho (a side area at about the halfway point) I was very much impressed by this shopping area.
Written 4 September 2019
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Sak I
Orange, Australia405 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
I have visited this area three times. This area is so crowded even on weekdays and I am always tired of it. There are much less visitors in the approach to Geku and I prefer to eat or buy souvenir there.
Written 30 March 2019
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SeeMoreLiveMore
Singapore, Singapore526 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Right next to the Ise Jingu Naiku, it is the go-to place for food and shopping between visiting the shrines. It is composed of very pretty restored old streets and is a good place to look for food and souvenirs while taking in the streets and shops.
Written 13 December 2018
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gcincinnati
Tokyo, Japan368 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Of course, Ise is near the sea in Japan, so almost every place selling food was either selling seafood or meat - or sweets. It's adorable and traditional, but the few places that claim to serve vegetarian-friendly food were hard to find!
Written 19 November 2018
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DYA717
Honolulu9,267 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
It starts/ends near the entrance to the Ise Naiku (Inner) Shrine. A very interesting street of “old” buildings during the Tokugawa Shogunate. Mostly souvenir shops and places to eat local delicacies and lots of other interesting things to see.
Written 11 June 2018
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SK Ho
Sydney, Australia110 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
Oharai-machi has a lot of interesting shops and some old Japanese style buildings, but they are not the reason I give it a 5 star. The thing that I want to recommend is the Matsusaka beef. It simply melts in your mouth. It costs about JPY 2,500 for 150 grams, but it is value for money. A few tips - choose a restaurant that offers BBQ so that you can cook it to suit your taste. Skip the set lunch as it usually does not provide the highest quality of beef. (We ordered a set lunch and a raw A5 beef at the start. There are noticeable differences.) Try one first to make sure that the quality is good before ordering more. (If the beef is not as fresh as you expect, you may want to go to another shop.) The shop we went to is opposite the bus stop (not in Oharai-machi) with a cow at the front. We ended up having an extended lunch break than planned.
Written 11 June 2018
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tomizuta1953
Funabashi, Japan1,170 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
In the Edo era, more than two million people a year visited Ise-jinguu, and the Monzenmachi (township in front of the shrine gates) of Oharai-machi prospered as the pilgrims traveled through the town to reach Ise Jinguu. But by the end of the 1970s the number of visitors to Oharai-machi had dwindled to only two hundred thousand while annual visitors to Ise-jinguu had increased to five million. This was because the visitors were bypassing the town traveling to Naiguu by cars and buses via a national road running parallel to the route through the town. The sweets manufacturer Akafuku led efforts to restore and preserve the traditional Japanese architecture in the area. Okage–yokochou was opened as an alley stemming from Oharaimachi high street In 1993, the year of a Senguu. This is a shopping area composed of 28 buildings newly built or relocated from elsewhere in a genuinely old Ise style from the late Edo to early Meiji era. Okage-yokochou was a huge success and according to statistics released by Ise City 5 years ago, the number of visitors to Oharaimachi is getting close to five million annually. Facing the entrance gate to the Naiguu, the shopping area of Oharai High Street is located on the left and runs about 800 meters. The street is packed with numerous gift shops, sweets shops and eateries, many of which preserves Ise style buildings from the Edo era. It being a Saturday, the street was packed with visitors. Akafuku’s main building is on the right hand side a little further than the middle point of the street. Akafuku is a very popular sweets which is a rice cake coated with red bean paste. There was a long queue of shoppers wishing to purchase Akafuku made on the spot. If you turn left when you arrive at Akafuku, that is Okage-yokochou that I explained before. We entered a theater museum of Japanese mythology where the attraction is a film as well as a guided tour of the museum displays. We found this very informative on this visit to Ise and Kumano which is all related to mythology. Unfortunately I don't think they have an English version. Although I understand that Okage-yokochou has been a huge success, I thought that the high street itself had so much to offer. There are many shops selling sake and a lot of them will offer sake in small quantities (90 mililiters or 180 mililiters) for 300 to 600 yen. I entered a brewery shop Iseman. They had two brands, Oimidori (old green) and Okagesama (thanks to you). I asked which was drier and was recommended Oimidori. I tried 90 milliliters and found it most palatable. I also liked the old style label. The shop lady told me this was a sake brand that started in the early 18th century.
Written 16 October 2017
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PEili K
Singapore, Singapore1,686 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
It was crowded as usual but lots of street foods, gift shops and performance. Great to shop after visiting the shrine. Particularly enjoy their local delights and i can eat all day along the streets. The snacks was all so good! Skip the resturant, go for their local delights.
Written 27 May 2017
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KTJ_Kyoto_JPN
59 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
I was looking forward to this shopping street, but ended up quite disappointed. Apart from the pearl shops (the famous local craft) and a few unique food places, almost everything else was the standard tourist fare that you can find in Kyoto. The architecture was enjoyable, but felt a little fake like Disneyland or something. Thankfully, nothing was outright overpriced like certain tourist areas of Kyoto. I'd probably skip this area if I ever came back. Then again, there's not much else to do in Ise...
Written 2 May 2017
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