DAY 1 Arrive - Ise Grand Shrine - Okage-Yokocho - Meoto-Iwa (Guided Day)
Take a train from either Nagoya, Kyoto or Osaka to Kashikojima Station in Shima (Guest’s own arrangement), where you will be welcome on arrival.
Travel by private car towards the rural Mie Prefecture, famous for its forested landscapes and Mediterranean looking coastlines. The area is famous for producing some of the freshest seafood in Japan and in its waters pearl cultivation has become an important activity.
Arrive at the famous Ise Grand Shrine
, this shrine is considered one of the most sacred areas for the Shinto religion and is one of the favorite pilgrimage destinations for Japanese people. Among the thousands of Shinto shrines in Japan, Jingu is treated as one of the most sacred. Jingu history goes back to 3rd Century where consists of 125 shrines in Ise city which includes two major shrines, Naiku inner shrine and Geku outer shrine. Naiku is dedicated to Sun Goddess of food, agriculture, and housing. Feel the spiritual spot surrounded by the forests of sacred Japanese cypress trees. Visit "Sengukan" which displays "Shikinen-Sengu" - rebuilding old shrine to new one every 20 years.
Experience traditional Japanese music and dance
You will observe Okagura, traditional Japanese dance offering prayers to god along with tour of Geku and Naiku.
Experience Seishiki Sanpai (formal pray)
You will experience Formal Sampai, which entering inside the haiden (worship hall) either Naiku or Geku. Formal attire is necessary. If interested, imono is available at extra fee.
Just a short walk away, the picturesque district of Okage-Yokocho offers a great outlook on the traditional side of the area with its quaint shops selling local arts and crafts as well as food. Stop for lunch at one of the elegant Japanese-style restaurants offering refined specialties, such as freshly prepared tofu or grilled eel, and a variety of other local products.
After lunch, have tea or a dessert at one of the local food stalls or Japanese-style cafés in Okage-Yokocho before continuing to the nearby Meoto-Iwa, which literally means “the married couple rocks.” These two stones are joined by an impressive Shinto shimenawa, a rope made of rice straw, and represent the union in marriage of man and woman.
After this visit, continue by private car to Amanemu. Feel free to spend the rest of the day indulging in the many relaxation and hot spring facilities, or trying the properties' dining experiences.
King bed / twin shared
Private indoor / outdoor onsen
Ensuite western style
Amanemu (6 star Ultimate Luxury)