The Inner Ise Shrine is one of the most visited and one of the sacred shrines in Japan. Among locals, this place together the Outer Ise Shrine (Geku), is also popular to foreigners. Once you cross the famous Uji bridge, you will be greeted with big cypress trees. There are 12 auxiliary shinto shrines dedicated to different Gods/Goddesses together with the extensive shrine which is dedicated to Amaterasu-omikami, the ancestral deity of the Imperial family. From the stairs upon entering the extensive shrine, no photography and video taking are allowed. This is also one of the things you should not miss when visiting Ise-Shima.
From Ise-shi station, ride the Geku-Naiku Loop Line bus and get off at Naiku-mae bus stop. Entrance to the shrine is free of charge and opens 5am-6pm (January-April, September); 5am-7pm (May-August); 5am-5pm (October-December) .
Just a little walk from the entrance of the inner shrine, the an alley of shops called Oharai machi. In this alley, you can find souvenir shops and food stalls that offer again anything SEAFOOD! Best place to go to buy souvenirs for the family and friends before going home. There’s a jinrikisha or a rickshaw pulled by a man, where you can rent and stroll the long street of Oharai machi.