Introducing the "Tokowaka-kon" sightseeing program of Ise City in Mie Prefecture.
Ise City in Mie Prefecture is steeped in history and culture. "Tokowaka" is a phrase associated with Ise Jingu, which has roots here that go back 2,000 years.
"Tokowaka" means "to maintain a fresh, youthful appearance forever through repeated restoration," and it is symbolized by the "Shikinen-Sengu" ceremony performed every 20 years.
The Shikinen-Sengu is a ceremony held once every 20 years in which the deities move to a newly-built palace so they can remain forever youthful. This is the most important shrine ritual, and it has continued for over 1,300 years.
"Tokowaka-kon" is a sightseeing program by Ise City based on the concept of Tokowaka. As you stand at a milestone in your life, visit Ise with your special someone and express gratitude to each other, forging an eternal bond with your lifelong partner over the course of this trip.
- Thank you always for everything, and best wishes for a future. -
Enjoy the unique cuisine of Ise at a leisurely pace, as you convey words of gratitude to each other and take the first steps of your new lives.The main locations visited during the Tokowaka-kon
"Futami Okitama Shrine" in Futamiura
The symbols of this shrine are the "Meoto Iwa" (The Wedded Rocks), which appear nestled together like a married couple, and are said to bestow matrimonial happiness and good fortune when finding a partner.
Ise Jingu (Geku)
Toyo'uke-no-Omikami, the guardian deity of clothing, food, housing, and industry, is enshrined here.
The Sengukan Museum, and Jingu Choko-kan Museum
Historical archives that exhibit precious Ise Jingu and Shikinen-Sengu artifacts.
Ise Jingu (Naiku)
Amaterasu-Omikami, the tutelary deity of the Japanese people, is enshrined here.
Here is enshrined Sarutahiko-Okami, known as a deity who opens the way forward, guiding worshippers toward a brighter future.
How to get there
From Chubu Centrair International Airport, the Tsu Airport Line high-speed boat reaches Tsu Nagisamachi in 45 minutes (all times approximate). From Tsu Nagisamachi, Iseshi Station is 70 minutes by Mie Kotsu bus.
From Kansai International Airport, take the Nankai Airport Line Limited Express to Namba Station (40 minutes), then walk from Namba Station to Osaka-Namba Station (10 minutes). From Osaka-Namba Station, take the Kintetsu Line Limited Express to Iseshi Station (110 minutes).
From Osaka International Airport (Itami), take the Airport Bus to Osaka-Uehommachi Station (30 minutes). From there, take the Kintetsu Line Limited Express to Iseshi Station (110 minutes)
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