Foremost Shinto shrine in Japan, at Ise, in southern Honshu. The Inner Shrine (traditionally founded 4 BC) is dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu. The Outer Shrine (5th century), 4 mi (6 km) away, is dedicated to Toyuke Okami, god of food, clothing, and housing. At both shrines the main building is a thatched hut built in the ancient Japanese style of unpainted Japanese cypress (hinoki). A distinctive feature of Shinto architecture is the chigi, a scissor-shaped finial at the front and rear of the roof. Since the 7th century the buildings have been reconstructed every 20 or 21 years.
Entrance to the Outer Shrine of the Grand Shrine of Ise, Japan.—FPG
Variants of ISE SHRINE
Ise Shrine in full Grand Shrine of Ise Japanese Ise-daijingu
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