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Ise culture

Many cultures have been nurtured in Ise since ancient times.Introducing Ise's unique culture, traditional crafts, and cultural facilities that protect history.Why don't you learn about the history and culture of Ise and deepen your sightseeing in Ise?

Ise's unique culture


The "master" who guided the visit to Ise during the Edo period was similar to a modern travel agency / guide.As a priest of Ise Jingu, which guides people from all over Japan to visit Ise, we handed Oharaitaima to worshipers and provided information on accommodations.


Shimenawa in the Ise-Shima region has a wooden amulet tag attached to it, and it is customary to decorate it not only during the New Year but all year round.The feature of Ise's Shimenawa is that it is thick on the left.You can find it everywhere when you walk around the town of Ise.The words written on the wooden tag are also slightly different, so please look for them.


Ise woodworking is sung at the time of Okihiki and at the time of congratulations on Shinto ritual as a celebration song, and it is also said to be one of the roots of Ise Ondo.There is a record that a woodworking song was sung when Miki was towed during the Muromachi period, so it can be said that it is a unique culture that has been passed down to Ise along with the history of Okihiki.The lyrics that have been handed down have many elements of play, such as comprehending the characteristics of the region, recreating them according to the times, and skillfully incorporating the phrases of popular songs. It is interesting that there are differences such as, and each district has its own characteristics.

Kanko dance

One of Japan's most fantastic festivals that remains along the Miyagawa River in Ise.It is a dance that invites the viewer to an extraordinary life.Kanko-dori is a type of Bon-odori that has been handed down in the land of Ise since ancient times.The dancer wears a headgear made of white horse hair called Shaguma and a waist.The appearance of dancing around the burning torch while striking the drum held in the chest invites the viewer to a mysterious space and is wrapped in a fantastic atmosphere.

Ise Cultural Facility

Ise Washikan 

A shop / museum located on the premises of Oshiwa Paper Industry, which manufactures Japanese paper used for the sacred cards of Ise Jingu.Ise-like handicraft paper made from cedar bark and seaweed has a soothing and gentle texture.You can also see the Ise Washi Gallery at the time of opening.

Address: 1-10-30 Ozeko, Ise City, Mie Prefecture
Inquiries TEL: 0596-28-2359

Ise Netsuke Sculpture Museum

Netsuke is a small sculpture that was popular in the Edo period and is attached to the end of a string to fix inro and cigarette holders.It has long been known as one of the popular souvenirs of visiting Ise.The director, Tadamine Nakagawa, is a skilled netsuke master with decades of craftsmanship.About 80 netsuke of local Ise masterpieces are lined up in the Ise Netsuke Sculpture Museum.The netsuke used is the Asama boxwood, which is peculiar to the local Ise, and you can directly observe how the netsuke master carves it carefully.

Address: 1358 Ueji-cho, Ise City, Mie Prefecture
Inquiries TEL: 0596-25-5988

Yamada Magistrate's Memorial Hall

Yamada Bugyosho is a magistrate's office that ruled the land of Ise from the beginning to the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate.The number of magistrates at the Yamada Bugyosho, which has continued for more than 230 years, reaches 48.Among them, Tadasuke Ooka Echizen, who became the model for Japan's leading historical drama series "Ooka Echizen," also served as the 4th magistrate here for four years.The work of the Yamada Bugyosho is said to be guarding and building the Jingu, supervising the general administration of Ise City, and defending the Ise Bay.The Yamada Bugyo Memorial Hall is a part of the Yamada Bugyo in Kobayashi, Misonocho, which has been restored and opened to the public.

Address: 1602 Kamijo, Misono-cho, Ise City, Mie Prefecture

Ise Furuichi Sangu Kaido Museum

You can learn about the history of the Sangu Kaido, which connects the outer shrine and the inner shrine, and the prosperity of Furuichi with materials and videos.Furuichi, which was one of the five major Yukaku districts alongside Yoshiwara in Edo and Shimabara in Kyoto due to the devotion on the way back from the shrine, and the murder case "Aburaya Uproar" that occurred at the galleries and oil stores are famous as the subject of Kabuki.You can also learn about Ise Kabuki, which was the gateway to Edo and the actors above, and former Koshiro Matsumoto and Kikugoro Onoe visited.

Address: 69 Nakanocho, Ise City, Mie Prefecture
Inquiries TEL: 0596-22-8410

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