I went on a trip to Ise Jingu in Mie Prefecture.
It takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes by Shinkansen and limited express from Tokyo to Ise Jingu.
My partner’s hometown is Matsusaka city near Ise Jingu in Mie Prefecture.
It’s always crowded.
My family is living in a ‘Jodo Shinsyu’ Temple, so I’m a Buddhist.
But in Japan many people don’t follow a particular religion.
When we get married, we go to a church,
when there it’s New Year’s Day, we go to a shrine,
and our funerals are held in temples.
I love Ise Jingu, so I go to there at least once a year.
It’s very big, quiet, refreshing, and beautiful.
Please refer to the following about Ise Jingu.
Jingu is often introduced in the dictionary as “Ise Jingu.” However, the official name is “Jingu” without “Ise.” Jingu is principally composed of the Naiku where Amaterasu Omikami, the ancestral kami of the Imperial Family, is worshiped, and Geku where Toyouke Omikami, the kami of agriculture and industry, is worshiped.
Naiku is the alternative name for Kotaijingu, the sanctuary that is located in the southern part of Ise city, Mie, and was founded about 2000 years ago.
Geku is the alternative name for Toyoukedaijingu. This sanctuary is located in the center of Ise city, Mie, and was founded about 1500 years ago.
In the area around Jingu, 125 subsidiary shinto sanctuaries are distributed. 91 of them are connected with the Naiku and 32 with the Geku.
Jingu is described in the oldest Japanese books “Kojiki” and “Nihonshoki”, edited about 1300 years ago.
Many generations of our ancestors have worshiped at the Jingu, which exists now just as it was at its beginning.
Quote from official HP of Ise Jingu: http://www.isejingu.or.jp/english/index.htm