|Most expensive month:||December|
|Average price in Ise:||₹ 10,246/night|
|Cheapest price found:||₹ 2,145/night|
|Most expensive day:||Monday|
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The small Japanese city of Ise sits on the eastern tip of Kii Peninsula on Honshu Island and is a major pilgrimage site due to its sacred Shinto shrine. History digs deep in Ise, with preserved heritage sites and old merchant quarters, while bustling main streets such as Oharai Machi overflow with cafes, pubs and shops.
The Ise Shrine is by far the most visited site by travellers as well as devoted Shinto followers. The Grand Shrine is a large complex that houses about 125 small shrines as well as the two major shrines of Naiku and Geku, which are sanctuaries of the sun goddess and moon god. The shrines contain artefacts from the royal family as well as the Sacred Mirror of the Emperor.
While visiting Geku shrine, don’t miss exploring Sengukan Museum to discover the ceremony of Shikinen-Sengu, in which the Ise Shrines get reconstructed every 20 years as part of a Shinto belief in death and renewal of nature.
Shopping and dining can be found on the main street of OharaiMachi, where traditional Japanese drummers and street performers entertain on weekends. Okage Yokocho Street is a big draw for foodies looking for local specialties such fresh spiny lobster sashimi.
Futami Sea Paradise puts on interactive marine life featuring walruses, sea lions and miroungas. In the spring and autumn, Kagura-sai performances provide a chance to experience ancient “kagura” and “bugaku” dance and traditional Shinto music with bells, pipes and drums.
Visitors coming to Ise by train arrive at Iseshi or Ujiyamada Stations, where buses connect to the main shrines and other attractions. The Geku Shrine is just a 10-minute walk from either station.
One of the most popular hotels in Ise is Sanco Inn Iseshi Ekimae, which has been reviewed by 2,457 users and currently has a rating of 8.1/10. Other top-rated locations include Hotel Route Inn Ise and Comfort Hotel Ise, which have received 7.9/10 and 8.3/10 ratings from our users, respectively.
Gukyouan is a hotel near Ise Grand Shrine that is popular with HotelsCombined users, scoring 7.2 across 76 reviews.