Sengukan
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Temporarily Closed We are pleased to announce that the SENGUKAN museum, which is the memorial repository of the Shikinen Sengu ritual (periodical renewal) of the Ise Jingu shrine, will reopen on November 7 (Thursday), 2019 (Reiwa 1). Due to the severe flood damage caused by typhoon no. 21 which struck this area in 2017, the museum has been forced to remain closed for a long time. After the two years of restoration work, we will start again, adding some fresh exhibits to our repertoire. We truly appreciate your patience despite this long inconvenience. The SENGUKAN museum will express the “spirit of Japan,” which the Shikinen Sengu ritual has continuously epitomized, just as we did before the closure. Currently, the preparation for the reopening in November is underway. This website provides a wide variety of online experiences, such as stunning videos and photos of the museum’s priceless exhibits. Please visit the website from the following banner and explore the fascinating world of the sacred shrine. If you are more curious about the Ise Jingu shrine and its tradition, we also recommend to visit Jingu Chokokan Museum, where you can learn about the history of Ise Jingu and appreciate a collection of the Onshozoku-shinpo (the sacred adornments and treasures dedicated to the deities) that had been offered to the deities in the past.
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olafoomes
Amstelveen, The Netherlands1,671 contributions
A rather new building opened in 2012 to introduce the Ise Jingu rebuilding process (each 20 years) as well as ceremonies involved to a broader and general public.
To do this all kind of materials are be used including some very impressive wooden scale models.
Since Japanese is the main language being used for explanations, mobile audio systems are available in different languages including of course English.
The entrance fee is just 300 Yen for adults and cheaper for students and youngsters.

The museum is located on a beautiful pond where a very nice resting area is created.
Written 3 September 2019
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Melinda G
Osaka, Japan471 contributions
Couples
It's a nice break to go inside the museum on a hot, summer's day. It costs ¥300 and there is no information in English but the displays are interesting. The building itself is very beautifully designed.
Written 9 August 2017
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Julian T
Katowice, Poland12 contributions
Family
It is a museum detailing the history and rebuilding of the outer and inner Ise shrines. This is done every 20 years and requires many different types of craftsmen. Much of their work is shown in the exhibit. There are a lot of videos, illustrations and samples, which is fortunate as the museum is entirely in Japanese, with just a general English outline given at the start. According to the website there are English audio guides available but we did not inquire at the time. There is a smaller model of the outer shrine and the side of the main building in 1:1 size. The architecture displayed comes from a time before the influence of mainland China and Buddhism. While pictures are not allowed, the actual shrines cannot be seen clearly outside the museum so it is worth coming here. I would strongly recommend a visit before seeing the shrines themselves as this substantiates a fairly simple experience.
Written 25 July 2017
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Janet C
Asia129 contributions
I was attracted by the pond in front of the museum and found this museum amazing. It records very well and in many details of how the location was chosen and the devotion of making every material to a perfect level. It has videos of how each material is made and grow and produced for the shrine. It is worth of the visit.
Written 21 December 2016
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Mika K
Atlanta, GA14 contributions
Solo
It's a museum displaying marvelous treasures all hand made using extinguishing authentic Japanese craftsmanship. It also has a real size replica of a side of the main shrine made of 300 yo ceder, and was built by the same "miya-daiku" builders using the same method to combine woods without any use of nails, as used in the main shrine. They had explanation panels only in Japanese, but had several interesting videos showing the craftsmen actually making those treasures, which were worth watching. It was worth the entrance fee (¥300) and beyond my expectation. I spent one hour there.
Written 3 December 2016
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bariloche48
North Perth, Australia141 contributions
This year is the 1 year in 20 when the shrines on alternate sites are built and occupied. This is a display, rather than historical research Museum but it does it brilliantly. There are a lot of AV displays and the process of construction and furnishing is fascinating. There is an English language audio guide which greatly assists. It could be taken further and I hope it is. This year, the Museum is very relevant, but it would be worthwhile any year. If you come to Ise to see the Grand Shrines, see this first.
Written 20 May 2013
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