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Nestle in Ise

minpaku Ito

Ise: Japan’s Sacred Town.

Embarking on the pilgrimage to Ise has been a long-standing aspiration for common folks. The old chant, “A journey to Ise once in a lifetime,” has echoed through generations. In the Edo Period, people from Edo (Now Tokyo) and various villages set out on a journey to Ise. During peak times, the thoroughfares were filled with 20000 pilgrims.  At times, individuals undertook this pilgrimage with just the clothes on their backs, sparking a monumental movement in the world of travel. Today Ise is a tourist center of Ise Shima National Park.

【Room Rental】minpaku Ito
Tranquil Retreat for Ise Pilgrimage: Your Home Away from Home

Nestled in a quiet corner just a short distance from the main road, a 15-minute walk from Kintetsu/JR Ise-shi Station from our house, a 9-minute walk to Geku of Ise Jingu (Shinto Shrine), and a 10-minute or 15-minute bus ride from the bus stop in front of Geku to Naiku of Ise Jingu.


Experience peaceful homestays in these three  rooms of our house

・Japanese-style Room for 3 People
・Western-style Room for 1 person
・Western-style Room & Japanese-style Room for 4 people


Rent the Whole Villa】 Seseragi-so
Soak in Quietness


Whole villa Your Way. Your Private Retreat

For six people


Approximately 20 minutes from the Tamaki IC of the Ise Expressway and approximately 30 minutes from Ise City Center. Take Sunny Road towards Minami Ise, and turn left at the Yokowa Exit onto Route 720  with beautiful mountain scenery and stone-walled houses.

Experience peaceful stay for six people.

Slow Travel

Your Home away from Home

Born in Kawasaki, a merchant town in Ise, and spent summers at Futami, the first swimming Beach in Japan and my mother's birthplace, later I studied in Kyoto. Ultimately I ended up living in Miyamachi, the gateway to Ise Jingu where people used to visit.  

Welcome to my Home!

I`d like to assist all the guests in their travels

"minpaku Ito" near the Geku & "Seseragi-so" in the mountains.

Owner Masako Ito


Gem of Ise

                 Nestle in Ise

       Tranquil Retreat for your Ise                                   Pilgrimage:

       Your Home Away from Home


          minpaku Ito & Seseragi-so

From whence come
I know not,
These tears of gratitude

Created by Saigyo, a monk and poet 

in Ise Jingu 

Ise City is situated in the central-eastern part of Mie Prefecture, embraced by a relatively temperate climate. To the north, it faces Ise Bay, while the city is graced by the flowing Miya River, Iuzu River, and Seta Rivers. To the east and south, the Suzuka Mountains add their majestic presence, and to the west, the Odai-ga-hara Hills contribute lush greenery. Serving as the entrance to the Ise-Shima National Park, the city is blessed with an abundance of nature and delectable local produce. It proudly showcases a plethora of historical and culturally significant landmarks, standing as a testament to its rich heritage. Recognized as the cherished “O-Ise-san,” Ise City is often regarded as the spiritual heart of the Japanese people.


The Is Jingu, Shinto Shrine, formally known as Jingu, encompasses two primary shrines: Naiku, positioned upstream by the Isuzu River in Uji, and the Geku, located 6 kilometers away in Yamada-ga-hara. Additionally, there are 14 auxiliary shrines, 109 branch shrines, and associated facilities collectively referred to as the Jingu or Shrine.

Embark on a journey to explore the 123 shrines along with two main Shrines, including Tsukiyomi-no-Miya Shrine, Takihara  Shrine, and Izo-no-Miya Shrine, each contributing to the cultural tapestry of this sacred city.

Shikinen Sengu
(Shrine Removal)

Sengu is one of the most important rites at Ise Jingu and is practiced every 20 years.
All the shrines within Ise Jingu are demolished and rebuilt on the designated site
next to the current location. Amaterasu-Omikami (The Sun Goddess) is transferred
to the new site along with remade sacred treasures.
The rite
 dates back to the 7th century. At times, the reconstruction has not been.
practiced regularly.

Why is shrine removal done every 20 years?
The Shrine is made of wood and thatched with straw, which starts to rot.
This interval ensures the continuity and preservation of traditional techniques and
Shinto beliefs. "New and Fresh” is considered an important point in Shinto.
Amaterasu-Omikami (The Sun Goddess) refreshes herself with the new building.
This interval ensures the continuity and preservation of traditional techniques and
faith in Shinto.

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