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Futami area

A scenic seaside town with a pleasant sea breeze

Since the Edo period (XNUMX-XNUMX), Futamiura has flourished as a place to purify oneself before visiting the Ise Shrine and as a place to stay for worshippers. This section introduces some spots in the Futami area where you can spend a relaxing time while enjoying the ocean.

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JR Futaminoura Station / Meotoiwa Omotesando (Ryokan Street)

JR Futaminoura Station

The station building of JR Futamiura Station is shaped like Meoto Iwa (Married Couple Rocks).

Meotoiwa Omotesando (Ryokan Street)

Meotoiwa Omotesando (Ryokan Street), which leads from the station to Futami Okitama Shrine, is lined with three-story wooden inns, a rarity nowadays, in a pure Japanese style that invites a sense of travel.

Futami Sweets

Along the Meotoiwa Omotesando, you can also enjoy Futami specialty sweets such as Sakamoto Manju, Ofuku Mochi, Kuuya Chaya Mochi, Salted yokan, and more.


Hinjitsukan

Hinjitsukan

In a corner of the Ryokan (Japanese style inn) district, the nationally designated important cultural property “Hinjitsukan” still stands, looking out over the sea and pine forest, as it did when it was built in the Meiji era (XNUMX-XNUMX).Until XNUMX, it was an inn that served as lodging for members of the Imperial Family and other dignitaries, but it is now a museum.The buildings and gardens are a must-see for their classy and sophisticated designs of the time.


Futamiokitama Shrine / Meotoiwa

Futami Okitama Shrine

Strolling along the sandy beach and embankment of Futamiura Beach, listening to the sound of the ocean waves, you will arrive at Futami Okitama Shrine.Futamiokitama Shrine is famous for misogi (purification), michihiraki (good luck for the future), and enmusubi (marriage). If you want to purify yourself and feel refreshed, if you want to open your life path, or if you want to be blessed with good fortune, please visit this shrine.

Meoto Iwa (Married Couple Rocks)

After passing through the torii gate, you will see the “Meoto Iwa (Married Couple Rocks),” the most famous tourist attraction in Futamiura.Between the two rocks, one large and one small, you can see the glorious sunrise during the summer solstice and the beautiful moonrise during the winter solstice.

Futami frog

The Shinto ritual of stretching the shimenawa rope, which is performed three times a year with a heroic song, is also a wonderful event.There are many frogs, which are associated with safe returns, in the area so have a look for them.

Tips from the tourist association staff

The sunrise and moonrise between the wedded rocks are very popular with professional and amateur photographers.


Matsushitayashiro / Minwa-no-eki Somin / Taikoji Temple

Matsushitayashiro

Matsushitayashiro is a shrine with a tradition of people trying to avoid plague by attaching a wooden tag that reads “Somin Shorai Shison Kamon” (which means “this is the entrance to the home a descendant of Somin Shorai who helped the deity “Susano-o-no-mikoto.”)

Somin

The adjacent “Miwa-no-eki Somin” is popular for selling local products.In the “Futami Shobu Roman Forest,” which spreads out in the back, you can enjoy seasonal flowers such as irises, lotuses, and hydrangeas.

Taikoji Temple, famous as a pet temple, is another place to visit for its beautiful hydrangeas, wisteria, and seasonal flowers.


Futamiura Beach / Ise Sea Paradise / Tomoiki no Kuni Ise Ninja Kingdom

Japan’s first nationally designated beach “Futamiura Beach” is popular with families because it is smaller than other beaches and not so crowded.

Futaminoura Beach
Futaminoura Beach

Ise Sea Paradise

Ise Sea Paradise is an aquarium where you can interact with marine animals like never before, and you can also fully enjoy shopping and experiences at the adjacent Meoto Yokocho.You can also play catch with the dolphins for free!

Ise Ninja Kingdom

At the Ise Ninja Kingdom, where you can enjoy athletic activities and become a ninja. And, you can relax in the hot springs at Azuchijouka-no-yu.There are also a variety of places for families to enjoy.


Otonashiyama

Otonashiyama

Otonashiyama is a mountain with beautiful cherry blossoms in spring.It takes less than half an hour to get to the observatory where you can see the ocean, so it’s perfect for light exercise.Enjoy a leisurely hike to the top.

Tips from the tourist association staff

There is a parking lot conveniently located just below the trailhead.


Makonde Art Museum

Makonde Art Museum

The Makonde Art Museum in Futami is a collection of sculptures by the Makonde people, who are said to have lived on the Makonde Plateau in Tanzania. The owner of the museum personally purchases these works out of love for them.

Tips from the tourist association staff

In front of the Makonde Art Museum, the magnificent sea matches the train tracks, creating a view that is not often seen, so be sure to check it out.


Mishiodono Shrine / Mishiohama

Mishiodono Shrine

The Mishiodono Shrine is under the jurisdiction of the Naiku Shrine of Ise, and is where the hard salt used in ceremonies is made.

Mishiohama

TThe high-concentration salt water that is the source of the salt is made in the salt fields of Mishiohama in Futami. It is made into rough salt at the Mishiodono Shrine area for use in trigonal pottery, which is baked to harden at Mishiodono.

Tips from the tourist association staff

You can purchase “Iwato no Shio” which is made from mineral-rich seawater, at Iwatokan. It is made in the same way as the salt dedicated to the Ise Shrine.


Facilities Information

Hinjitsukan

Address519−0609 Futami-cho Chaya, Ise City, Mie Prefecture. 566-2
Inquiries TEL: 0596-43-2003
Business hours9:00 - 16:30 (last admission)
Regular holidaysTuesdays (or the following day if it is a national holiday)
Websitehttps://hinjitsukan.com/

Meotoiwa / Futamiokitama Shrine

Address519 Futami-cho E, Ise City, Mie Prefecture. 0602-575
Inquiries TEL: 0596-43-2020
Business hours9:00 - 16:00
Regular holidaysOpen everyday, year round
Websitehttps://futamiokitamajinja.or.jp

Matsushitayashiro

Address519 Matsushita, Futami-cho, Ise City, Mie Prefecture. 0601-1346

Miwa-no-eki Somin

Address519 Matsushita, Futami-cho, Ise City, Mie Prefecture. 0601-1335
Inquiries TEL: 0596-44-1000
Business hours9:00 - 18:00 (11:3 from November to March)
Websitehttp://www.futami-somin.com/

Taiko Temple

Address519 Futami-cho E, Ise City, Mie Prefecture. 0602-1659
Inquiries TEL: 0596-43-2283
Websitehttps://taikouji.com/

Futaminoura Beach

AddressFutami-cho Sho, Ise City, Mie Prefecture. 519-0606

Ise Sea Paradise

Address519 Futami-cho E, Ise City, Mie Prefecture. 0602-580
Inquiries TEL: 0596-42-1760
Business hours9:00 - 17:00 *may vary depending on the season
Regular holidaysClosed for 12 days in December due to legal inspection
Websitehttps://ise-seaparadise.com/

Tomoiki no Kuni Ise Ninja Kingdom

Address519-0603 Futami-cho Mitsu, Ise City, Mie Prefecture. 1201-1
Inquiries TEL: 0596-43-2300
Business hours9:00 to 17:00 (Azuchijouka-no-yu is until 22:00)
Regular holidaysNone
Websitehttps://www.ise-jokamachi.jp/

Otonashiyama

AddressFutami-cho E, Ise City, Mie Prefecture. 519-0602
Inquiries TEL: 0596-42-1111 (Ise City Futami General Branch Regional Promotion Division)

Makonde Art Museum

Address519 Matsushita, Futami-cho, Ise City, Mie Prefecture. 0601-1799
Inquiries TEL: 0596-42-1192

Mishiodono Shrine

AddressFutami-cho Sho, Ise City, Mie Prefecture. 519-0606
Inquiries TEL: 0596-42-1111

Mishiohama

Address519 Futami-cho Nishi, Ise City, Mie Prefecture. 0607-900

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