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Edo period worship route
Real visit to Ise

"Oise visit" that prevailed in the Edo period
At that time, the route to worship at Ise was to clean up the dirt at Futamiura, visit the outer and inner shrines, and finally climb Mt. Asama.

This time, we will introduce the ancient worship routes in the light of modern times.

Visiting Ise in the Edo period

It seems that many people went back to other sightseeing spots such as Kyoto and Nara just because they were going on a trip.At that time, it was basically a walking trip, so it is said that long people traveled for about three months.

Since traveling costs money, there is a system in which ordinary people form an organization called "Ise Ko" to save money and send representatives to worship every year, and the representatives also receive the prayers for the participants of the lecture and return home. did.

It was Ise's master who was following such a travel system.I went to the lectures all over the country and received the first ear fee by putting the bills and calendars on the lectures, and when the lectures came to visit Ise, I gave a grand hospitality kagura at my own house.

When visiting Ise becomes popular, even if a servant suddenly suddenly escapes, only going to visit Ise is often allowed as a "visit".

It is a virtue to operate (give and give things) to travelers who do not have such money, and it seems that it was an era when it was easy to travel because the operations along the way were also actively carried out.
It's very forgiving.

Ancient worship route

Futami → Ise Jingu Geku (Toyore Daijingu) → Ise Jingu Naiku (Kotai Jingu) → Asamadake

First, go to Futami, where the sea of ​​Ise is beautiful

the wedded rocks

Futami is a popular area with Meotoiwa and Futamiokitama Shrine, which consist of two large and small rocks tied with shimenawa.

Futaminoura Beach

In the olden days, Misogi was bathed in Shiomizu, but nowadays it is made Misogi by visiting Futamiokitama Shrine.

Futami Kotama Shrine

Futami Kotama Shrine

The deity is Sarutahiko Okami.
At Futamiokitama Shrine, you can also receive "Pure Salt Purification" at Goreisomukushiokusa, which is collected from around Kodama Shrine.If you pray, you may feel more motivated to visit.

Next, go to Ise Jingu / Geku (Toyore Daijingu)

The god of ritual is Toyouke no Omikami, the god of food and industry.

Ise Jingu / Geku (Toyouke Daijingu)

After visiting Goshogu, be sure to visit Tagamiya, Domiya, and Kazenomiya in the Bekkyu.
There are also jurisdiction companies in the area, so if you have time, please take a closer look.

-Go from the outer shrine to the inner shrine through the old city road-

Old city road

Old city road

The road from the outer shrine to the inner shrine is currently wide, called Miyuki Road and Mikimoto Road, but in the Edo period, there was only the "Old Town Road", and people at that time headed for the Naiku through the Old Town Road. It was.

It is also called "Ainoyama" along the ridge, and it was one of the five major entertainment districts of the Edo period, and it was also a base for transmitting cultures such as Furuichi Kabuki and Ise Ondo.

Mayo Ryokan

Mayo Ryokan

Only the Mayo Ryokan, which was a teahouse at that time, retains the remnants of those days, but the inscriptions quietly convey the prosperity of those days.

And then to Ise Jingu / Naiku (Ise Grand Shrine)

The deity is Amaterasu Omikami, who is considered to be the general deity of the people.

Ise Jingu / Naiku (Koutaijingu)

After visiting Goshogu, be sure to visit the Aramatsuri Shrine and Kazahi Prayer Palace in the Bekkyu.
Compared to Ise Jingu and Geku (Toyore Daijingu), Ise Jingu and Naiku (Kotai Jingu) have more jurisdictions in the area, so if you have time, please take a closer look.

Ujibashi Torii

Finally to Asamagatake Kongoshoji Temple

It is a temple that is said to protect the demon gate of Ise Jingu.
The main hall is a nationally designated tangible cultural property.Gohonzon is one of the three major Kokuzo Bosatsu in Japan.

Katsuminesan Kingo
The road leading to Okunoin

After visiting the main hall, head to Okunoin.In the Ise region, there is a custom called "Take-miri," which is a memorial service for the deceased by building a stupa made of square lumber in Okunoin.

Okunoin Stupa

On both sides of the road leading to Okunoin, stupas with a height of XNUMX to XNUMX meters are erected endlessly, making it a sight unlike any other in Japan.

Chozuya method

Chozuya means "a place for Misogi to purify the mind and body," and washing hands and mouth is a simplification of the Misogi ritual.

1. First, hold the cassotte with your right hand and wash your left hand.
2. Hold the cassotte in your left hand and wash your right hand.
3. Hold the cassotte in your right hand again and use your left hand to store water and rinse the mouth.
4. Wash your left hand again.
5. Clean the handle of the cassotte with the last remaining water and return it to its original position.

How to worship

Generally, two worships, two clappings, and one worship are the manners of worshiping at a shrine.

1. Correct your posture in front of God.
2. Make a deep bow called "worship" that flattens your back.
3. After putting your hands together at chest level, move your right fingertip slightly down.
4. Spread your hands about the width of your shoulders and hit "Kashiwate" twice.
5. Return the fingertips to their original positions and bow deeply again with "gratitude".

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