Inner Shrine (Naiku) is Japan’s most sacred shrine.
The Inner Shrine (内宮, Naikū) is one of the two main shrines making up the Ise Shrines in Ise City. Formally known as Kotai Jingu, the Inner Shrine enshrines Shinto‘s most venerated deity, the Sun Goddess (Amaterasu Omikami), and is considered Japan’s most sacred shrine.
The Inner Shrine is believed to have been established over 2000 years ago. Its main buildings resemble ancient rice granaries and are built in an architectural style that shows almost no influence from the Asian mainland, as they predate the introduction of Buddhism. Both, the Inner and Outer Shrine, are rebuilt from scratch every 20 years. The 62nd rebuilding was completed in 2013. The 63rd rebuilding will take place in 2033.
MIKIMOTO PEARL ISLAND
The Mikimoto Pearl Island (ミキモト真珠島, Mikimoto Shinjujima) is an excellent museum about pearls, pearl cultivation and Mikimoto Kokichi, the pioneer who first succeeded in cultivating pearls. The island is located in the Bay of Toba, accessible via a bridge.
Mikimoto Kokichi was born in Toba in 1858 and became the first person to successfully cultivate pearls in 1893. He opened the first Mikimoto Pearl Store in 1899. The Mikimoto Kokichi Memorial Hall introduces his life story. Also located on the island, the Pearl Museum provides detailed explanations about pearls and the cultivation of pearls in Japanese and English. In the adjacent Pearl Plaza you can view and purchase a wide variety of pearl jewelry.
The Mikimoto Pearl Island also offers hourly performances by female divers, known as ama (lit. “sea women”), who have traditionally been planting and harvesting oysters and other seafood.
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