Ise Honkaido

Morokido, Ise-Honkaido

Ise Honkaido is one of the oldest and the steepest pilgrimage roads that connect Yamato, part of Nara Prefecture, and Ise Jingu (Ise Grand Shrine), the most important religious site in Japan. It is noted in the oldest official record of Japanese history “Nihon Shoki”, a legendary princess Yamatohime, traveled along this path to seek the most appropriate place to permanently enshrine Amaterasu-omikami, the goddess of the sun and the universal patron deity to Japanese people. Since Amaterasu-omikami was enshrined in Ise, scores of the devout have taken this path to visit Ise Jingu.

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Ise-Honkaido = 伊勢本街道