Ise Grand Shrine

Definition

The Ise Grand Shrine or Ise Jingu, located in the heart of a sacred forest in the Mie Prefecture of Japan, is the most important Shinto shrine in the country and is dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu with a separate shrine dedicated to Toyouke, the food goddess. First built in 4 BCE, the present-day structures are based on the buildings erected in the 7th century CE. Uniquely, 16 of the 125 buildings at the sprawling complex, as well as the Uju bridge and torii gateway, are rebuilt exactly every 20 years, the last occasion being 2013. Ise Jingu is the ancestral shrine of the emperors of Japan.

More about: Ise Grand Shrine

Timeline

  • 4 BCE
    Traditional founding date of the Ise Grand Shrine in honour of the Shinto goddess Amaterasu.
  • 478 CE
    The founding of the Toyouke shrine at the Shinto Ise Grand Shrine in Japan.
Membership