Ise Shrine Geku

Ise Shrine Geku

Ise Shrine Geku
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Kevin S
14 contributions
Dec 2021
Good place to walk and reflect regardless of your religion. Shrine was very basic but still glad we came. COVID has significantly affected the number of people here. It was nearly empty of visitors on a Sunday afternoon.
Written 20 December 2021
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HotRodHeart
France121 contributions
Oct 2019
This shrine is the smaller one, situated not far from the town center.

It is great to stroll around, and enjoy the atmosphere of greenery and mystery that floats around.

You can end up in little trails in the forest, and really feel the nature around you.

I visited this shrine before the bigger one the next day, and it's a good thing I did. It's like going to a different scale.
Written 7 August 2020
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,204 contributions
Jan 2020
The Outer Shrine is usually visited before the Inner Shrine. If you are arriving by train, Geku, or the Outer Shrine is within walking distance. We actually had to take a bus for the 20 minute ride to get to the Inner Shrine.

Like the Inner Shrine, the Outer Shrine is rebuilt every 20 years. It is believed to have been established over 1500 years ago, 500 years after the Inner Shrine.

We came on January 2 and it was super crowded because all the Japanese people were paying their respects.
Written 11 January 2020
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GAN L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia8,696 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
Compared to the larger Naiku shrine, this is less impressive. Less trees, less buildings and not located next to Isuzu river. However, just as many visitors, mostly Japanese. No tour map of the place in English. All information on boards are also in Japanese only. As in all shrines in Japan, there will be the torii gate at the entrance, then the tree lined walking path to get inside, the water well to cleanse your hands before paying homage at the main shrine hall, the shopping area to get the blessings paper/ wooden plaque for blessings/ fortune sticks. However, most of the other shrine areas are walled up and off limits. No photos too
Written 7 November 2019
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olafoomes
Amstelveen, The Netherlands1,671 contributions
Aug 2019
Iseshi is most known for its most sacred Shinto Shrines. The two main ones are Ise Jingu Naiku (Inner Shrine) and Ise Jingu Geku (Outer Shrine). They are however not close to one and other. It takes about a 15 minutes bus ride to go from the one to the other (buses stop in front of the shrines).

Ise Jingu Geku is located in the downtown area about a 15 minutes’ walk from Iseshi JR station. Given the importance of this shrine the premises is of course well-kept and this shows off.

Right in front of the entrance area there is a Tourist Information Center and inside at the very beginning is a nice museum explaining what both the Inner- as well as Outer Shrine are all about. Main fact regarding both shrines is the fact that each 20 years they are being completely rebuilt at a direct adjacent location. This ritual is already taking place many centuries. This means that the Shrines always look in an almost pristine condition.

The Ise Jingu Geku itself however is off limits to visitors so you cannot enter the shrine itself. Apart from the main shrine there are a few smaller complexes on the premises which are accessible
Written 4 September 2019
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taira-ne
ロサンゼルス438 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
The shrine says you should come to this shrine Geku before you come to Naiku. Every 20 years this shrine moves to next site. You can see small most holy space next to the current shrine. This historical moving structure started 1300 years ago.
(Geku has large scale free parking. )
外宮に先に来るのが正解のようです。20年に一度、遷宮が行われ、1300年以上続いているそうです。外宮には大型のフリーの駐車場がありました。
Written 1 September 2019
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Nikks B
Hong Kong, China336 contributions
Aug 2019
Words cannot explain the beauty of this magnificent place.

It was extremely busy today due to Obon holiday. Even with huge crowds the respect the Japanese people where everyone is quiet and patient really makes visiting these sacred grounds very pleasant.

Our guide Noriko-San provided good information and even provided some of her childhood details on why this place is so important in their culture.

Highly recommend to visit as many of the shrines during your visit.
Written 11 August 2019
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ametora
Lexington, KY38 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
We were here on a weekday. It was less crowded and a very pleasant day. There were Shinto priests on the grounds. This is a beautiful, peaceful place to visit.
Written 10 July 2019
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yoshiy475
Ibaraki, Japan50 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Ise Jingu is No1 shrine in Japan. Geku is a part of it. It is far from Main part of Ise Jingu which is Naiku. It is said that you should come here before going Naiku. I do not know why. Anyway, it is still worth coming here, if you like historical thing in Japan. It is good for walking, too.
Written 9 June 2019
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anyamagic
Bangkok, Thailand1,729 contributions
May 2019 • Business
Original and classic temple. But walk too long to go inside. The temple inside area not allow to take photo.
Written 17 May 2019
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