TOURS
1-Day Tour from Nagoya: Ise’s Sacred Shrines and Captivating Coastlines

1-Day Tour from Nagoya: Ise’s Sacred Shrines and Captivating Coastlines

Period

All Year Round

Time

9:00~18:00

Meeting Place

JR Nagoya Station

Price

Adult (13+)24,900 JPY
Child (6 - 12)19,900JPY

1-Day Tour from Nagoya: Ise’s Sacred Shrines and Captivating Coastlines

Located not far from Nagoya, Ise is blessed with abundant natural beauty, from towering cypress groves to indented coastlines and mountains painted in colorful foliage. The region is also home to Japan’s most sacred shrine, Ise-Jingu. Touring these sacred grounds is a special opportunity to understand the heart and soul of the Japanese people. Marvel at the natural beauty of the region and refresh your body and soul with spiritual experiences and delicious cuisine as you are led by an experienced, English-speaking guide from Nagoya on this full-day tour.

Highlights

  • View Japan’s most sacred shrine, the Ise Grand Shrine (Ise-Jingu).
  • Marvel at the natural beauty of Ise Bay as we gaze upon Meoto Iwa.
  • Taste local specialties such as spiny lobster, fried oysters, or Ise Udon.
  • Stroll along the banks of the Isuzu River, and bask in the seasonal beauty of the flowers and foliage. 

*For those looking to join the tour from Tokyo, please see the FAQ Section below.

Description

This tour will start at Nagoya Station at 9:00 A.M., where your guide will meet you in front of the Silver Clock tower near the Shinkansen Gates. You will have the opportunity to put your belongings in a coin locker at the station or load it onto our tour bus if you feel the need.

Your guide will provide you with a brief history of the region and set the scene as we depart Nagoya JR Station via our tour bus toward our first destination, Ise Grand Shrine. 

Your guide will lead you through the expansive grounds and towering cypress groves of Ise-Jingu, providing insights into Shintoism, the history of the shrine, and the proper actions to take as we make our way to the Inner Shrine.

More than 1,500 rituals are conducted at Ise Shrine every year to pray for everything from the prosperity of the Imperial family to a successful harvest. So there is a good chance that you might get to witness a ritual for yourself.

After paying our respects, we will stop for lunch at a shopping street full of restaurants and shops constructed in a traditional Japanese style of architecture giving the feeling of shopping at merchant houses from the Edo period. The street is home to many well-known restaurants serving up local dishes, craft beer, and Instagramable desserts. We highly recommend the Ise Udon or fried oysters.  

After sampling the local fare, you’ll have plenty of time to shop for souvenirs or take a stroll along the banks of the Isuzu River before meeting back up with your guide and boarding the tour bus for our next stop.

Our final stop of the tour is Meoto Iwa and Futami-Okitama Shrine. These wedded rocks are another important Shinto location and an excellent spot for photos. If you’re lucky, we may even catch the silhouette of Mt.Fuji in the distance.

The Futami-Okitama Shrine is a quirky shrine full of frog statues. These auspicious symbols associated with the shrine will hopefully bring you luck as you draw your fortune (omikuji). Your guide will help you translate your fortune and instruct you on how to avoid bad luck if you’ve drawn a bad fortune.

From here, we will return to Nagoya station via our tour bus and say our goodbyes there. Feel free to ask the guide for dinner recommendations or instructions back to your hotel.

ITINERARY

9:00The tour begins with a meetup at Nagoya Station at 09:00. Guests should wait inside the station, in front of the SILVER clock tower across from the Shinkansen exit gates. Your guide will greet you there.

Your guide will provide you with a brief history of the region and set the scene as we depart from Nagoya Station toward Ise via our tour bus.
11:00We will tour the sacred grounds of Ise Grand Shrine.
12:30Your guide will provide you with a tour of Okage Yokocho before stopping for lunch and free time to purchase souvenirs. Feel free to ask your guide for lunch recommendations or let your nose lead the way!
14:30We’ll hop back on the bus and make our way to Meoto Iwa.
14:45Your guide will give you a brief tour of Meoto Iwa and help you translate your fortune. Don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of time for taking pictures.
15:30We will head back to Nagoya station via our tour bus.
17:30The tour concludes at Nagoya Station, where the guide will say their goodbyes.

*We cannot guarantee the end time as traffic could cause delays. For guests booking onward tickets to other destinations, we recommend doing so for times of 18:00 or later from Nagoya.

TOUR MEETUP POINT

NAGOYA STATION @ 9:00 A.M.

Meet at Nagoya Station's Silver Clock tower at 9am

The meetup point is at the base of the SILVER clock tower outside of the Shinkansen gates. 

If you are arriving via Shinkansen, the clock tower should be located directly in front of you as you exit the gate.

If you are arriving via a JR line, please look for signs directing you towards the Taiko-Dori Gate. The silver clock is located inside the station just before the Taiko-Dori exit.

For those coming from outside the station, you will most likely be entering through the Sakura-Dori gate (the side with the gold clock). In this case, please walk straight through the station towards the Taiko-Dori Gate. The silver clock is located inside the station just before the Taiko-Dori exit.

You may wait nearby there until the tour begins at 9:00 A.M. Be sure to look for the guide holding a SNOW MONKEY RESORTS tour sign. We highly recommend arriving early as Nagoya station can be quite crowded. 

NOTES

Included

  • English speaking guide
  • Transportation during the tour
  • Omikuji (lucky fortune) at Futami-Okitama Shrine
  • Entry fees at all tour locations

Excluded

  • Lunch
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation to/from Nagoya Station

Other Information

  • This tour involves several hours of walking outdoors. We recommend that you wear shoes and clothes which are easy to walk in. Please check the weather forecast before you head to the meetup point and prepare an umbrella or raincoat if necessary.
  • In the summer, temperature highs are around 35 °C (95 °F) and above with extreme humidity. We recommend wearing something light and airy while minding sunburn and heatstroke. A parasol is highly encouraged.
  • Winter temperatures around Nagoya/Ise average between 0℃-10℃ (32°F-50°F). Please wear warm clothing and footwear appropriate for cold conditions.
  • There will be free time along the way for guests to purchase souvenirs to remember their trip.

FAQs

I’d like to join the tour from Tokyo. Is that possible?
If you’d like to join us from Tokyo, we’d love to have you with us!

Take the following services on the Tokaido Shinkansen line:

Departing Tokyo Station – Arriving Nagoya Station

Tokyo: 07:00 – Nagoya: 08:38 – Nozomi No. 203

Tokyo: 07:09 – Nagoya: 08:47 – Nozomi No. 9

Rather than heading straight back to Tokyo, we recommend staying in Nagoya after the tour or booking accommodation in Kyoto or Osaka.

For international visitors holding a Japan Rail (JR) Pass, both train services (including reservations) can be used without any additional charge.
Can I add accommodation to my tour booking?
Yes. We can add accommodation to your booking. To do so, please contact us any time to discuss options.
What should I wear/bring?
Central Japan’s summers are extremely humid and hot. We recommend wearing something light and airy while minding sunburn and heatstroke. A parasol is highly encouraged. As this tour has extended periods outside, please ensure you bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

Guests must take their shoes off upon entering many of the places we visit on this tour, so we recommend wearing shoes that are easy to take on and off or bringing a pair of socks if you plan on wearing sandals.

At all times of year, please ensure you are wearing good quality footwear suitable for walking on uneven ground and we recommend always bringing a small pack or bag to carry water, snacks, umbrella, etc. Of course, your phone or a camera is a must!
Is this tour wheelchair accessible/appropriate for guests with limited mobility?
Some of locations we enter on this tour have stairs and thick gravel walkways, meaning it is not wheelchair accessible and may not be appropriate for guests with limited mobility. Should this be of concern, contact us before booking to discuss options.
Is lunch included on this tour?
No. This tour does not include lunch however there will be opportunities to purchase food and drinks during the tour. If you prefer to, please also feel free to bring snacks and drinks with you.

(Travel Agency License No: Nagano 2-562)
Snow Monkey Resorts Tours
Nagano City Kurita 1015-7, NK Copo 202, Nagano, 380-0921 Japan
Tel: (81)26-219-6256
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Travel Service Supervisor: Tomoko Kasahara