I missed hatsumode (the first shrine visit of the year) as I was in the UK so when I got free day I went to Ise-jingu one of the most important shrines in Japan. It’s where the Emperor and Prime Minster go for hatsumode.
We must have been brainwashed by the advertising as we also went to Meotoiwa rocks too.
The warmest clothes I own are lolita, so I layered up in a sweater, APs Melty Donuts, my BTSSB coat and MILK beret.
We set off from Tsuruhashi, where the smallest Family Mart in Japan now resides.
It was my third trip to Ise-jingu and my second to the Meotoiwa rocks.
At the shrine we said our prayers and looked around, it was bitterly cold so we didn’t stay long. We just visited Ise-jingu Naiku and then browsed the shops along Oharaimachi.
I ate an Ise ebi (shrimp) croquette.
And J a fantastic curly sausage on a stick.
We picked up some mochi and a few bits, I got a cute dog lucky charm from a store, and J some incense.
Ise (Toba) is famous for synthetic pearl production, and at a cute pearl shop Kakuta Pearls J treated me to some lovely pearl earrings.
After that we caught a bus to Meotoiwa, buses are really infrequent in Ise and stop about 5pm. We just had enough time to go and return on the last bus.
The shrine by the rocks is famous for marriage!
One of my favourites views in Japan.
It was absolutely freezing though and my hat was blowing off, so we ran back to the omiyage shop to wait for the bus.
J bought some Ise udon to take home.
Back by Ise-shi station we went to an izakaya we went to before when it was F1 and warmed up. I had kani-don, crab on rice.
It was really nice, and hopefully fresh as we were by the sea!
I had such a lovely day, I look forward to going back when it’s a bit warmer.
Ise & Toba 2013: https://teatwosugarsplease.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/ise-and-toba/