Special feature on shrines in Shima City: A trip around Shima City shrines and stamps

Visiting shrines and temples, experiencing power spots, collecting goshuin stamps, enjoying local gourmet food and hot springs...this style of travel has continued from the ``Ise Shrine'', which became popular during the Edo period. There are many shrines in Shima City that are recommended for visiting shrines. If you are just starting to collect Goshuin stamps or are wondering where to go next, why not take a tour of Shima City?

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Let's start our trip to goshuin stamps in Shima, the land of food!

Shima City is a region rich in nature and is also a treasure trove of food, known as Miketsukuni.
Fisheries and agriculture are thriving, and there are many specialty products unique to Shima City, such as spiny lobsters, Matoya oysters, and abalone.
In this special feature, we pick up spots where you can fully enjoy the charms of Shima City in two days, starting from Isobe with the main theme of "Goshuin Tour".
This is a model course where you can enjoy the scenery along the way, so please use it as a reference when sightseeing in Shima City.

Start your journey to collect stamps from the Isobe area at the entrance.

There are also tourist attractions such as theme parks! The eel shop in front of the shrine is also recommended.

Start your tour of goshuin stamps in the Isobe area, where Izawa-no-miya, one of the annex shrines of Ise Grand Shrine in Shima, is located.

Isobe Town, which can be reached in about 30 to 40 minutes by car from Ise City via Ise Road, is also the gateway to Shima heading south from Ise and Toba.
It is located in the central eastern part of Shima City, and is an area famous for the theme park "Shima Spain Village".

Shima Spain Village

Shima Spain Village

A theme park with a cityscape that recreates Spain and a variety of attractions that can be enjoyed by both children and adults.

Also in the Isobe area, the Shima City Tourist Farm, where you can see various flowers depending on the season, is also a highlight!

Shima City Tourist Farm

A tourist farm attached to the roadside station Ise-Shima. It is a spot where you can enjoy flowers that bloom throughout the seasons.

Izanomiya Shrine is located near the JR Kaminogo Station, which you can find by heading straight from the Ise Road exit from the Ise direction and continuing along Prefectural Route 167.
Across the street from the shrine is the long-established eel shop ``Chuuroku,'' which is a registered tangible cultural property, and you will be seduced by the fragrant aroma of eel.

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A long-established eel restaurant that has been in business since 1929. It is a two-story wooden building and has a quaint feel.
The restaurant is located in front of the torii gate of Izamiya Shrine, so we recommend arriving in Shima a little early and trying the eel for lunch!

Izawa Shrine

A annex to Kodaijingu Shrine that enshrines Amaterasu Omikami

Iza Shrine is one of the annex shrines of Kodai Shrine that enshrines Amaterasu Omikami, and is also the only annex shrine that has a Kanda (one of the 125 shrines of Ise Grand Shrine, and the second most prestigious shrine after the main shrine). The shrine building is surrounded by forest and has a majestic appearance.
The ``Izanomiya rice planting ceremony'' held on June 6th every year is one of Japan's three major rice planting festivals, and is also known as ``Isobe's Omita'' and is designated as a national important intangible folk cultural property. It is a venerable festival designated as
During the rice planting ceremony, a ``taketori ritual'' is held in which brave men compete for lost bamboo from large fans, and the fight for lost bamboo while covered in mud is worth seeing!

Goshuin information

You can receive the Goshuin of Izazu Shrine at the awarding office on the right side of the torii gate.

Shrine information

Address374 Kaminogo, Isobe-cho, Shima-shi, Mie Prefecture
TEL 0599-55-0038
Worshiping timeJanuary, February, March, April, September 1:2-3:4
May, June, July, August 5:6-7:8
October/November/December 10:11-12:5

The observation deck where you can enjoy the view of Ago Bay is a must-see! Ugata, the center of Shima City

We also recommend stopping by the scenic observation deck or the tourist information center before your trip.

The Ugata area, which can be reached in 15 minutes by car from Izanomiya, is the most populous area in Shima City, and is the base for sightseeing in Shima, with Ugata Station providing convenient access to various places.

On the 3rd floor of Ugata Station, there is also a Shima City Tourist Information Center operated by the Shima City Tourism Association.
Located on the ticket gate floor of the Kintetsu Railway, it distributes useful information for sightseeing and pamphlets in various languages ​​and languages, as well as luggage storage and luggage delivery services to the hotel, so be sure to stop by.

Shima City Tourist Information Center/Souvenir Corner

Shima city tourist information center

Located above Ugata Station, it provides information on Ise-Shima tourism, event guides, and services such as luggage storage. There is also a souvenir corner, so stop by before your trip or before returning home.

Sea lettuce fishing is active in Ugata, and the area has the largest production of sea lettuce in Japan.
The Yokoyama Observatory at the top of Yokoyama is one of Ugata's most famous tourist attractions, and the view of Ago Bay from the observatory is spectacular!
There is also a cafe, so you can eat while enjoying the view of the mountaintop.

Yokoyama Observatory

Yokoyama Observatory

An observation deck offering a panoramic view of Ago Bay and Ise-Shima National Park.
The magnificent scenery spreads out as if you are floating in the sky.

Ugata Shrine

A shrine dedicated to the god of competition, ``passing'' and ``winning''

The main enshrined deity of Ugata Shrine is Masakatsu Azakatsu Katsuhaya ``Amenooshihomimimikoto'' is the god of victory, and is said to be auspicious because it has three characters for ``katsu'' in it. Is the name!
Ugata Shrine is a shrine that brings blessings for those who compete in competitions, and the company's name, Ugata, sounds similar to ``passed'' and ``Utsukatta'', so it is visited by students taking entrance exams and athletes.

A lion dance ritual is held from January 1st to 1rd every year.There are two lion dancers, a male lion (Miya-san) and a female lion (Gongen-san).The lion dance of a married couple is rare, and on the day of the event, many spectators from inside and outside the prefecture come to see it. Festival!
The lion dance ritual began to be held as a prayer for a rich harvest, a good catch, and the exodus of epidemics, as well as prayers for peace in the village.

There is also a cute votive tablet depicting Shima City's local character ``Aoi Shima Megu'', which is based on the ama diver motif.

Goshuin information

You can receive a stamp at the shrine office, and the stamp with a seven-pointed star on it has the benefit of warding off evil spirits.

Shrine information

Address1550 Ugata, Ago-cho, Shima-shi, Mie Prefecture
TEL 0599-43-0332
Worshiping time8:30 ~ 17:00

Stroll around Hamajima, a town of spiny lobster surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and Ago Bay!

Let's walk along Bintama Road, surrounded by a fantastic atmosphere at Shioka Beach and Magic Hour

Hamajima, which can be reached in less than 30 minutes by car from Ugata Shrine, is located on the west side of Shima City and is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and Ago Bay.
The Hamajima area is home to Shikahama, a popular beach for surfers, as well as Goza Shirahama (surfing is prohibited all day long) at the southernmost tip of Shima City. There are rows of palm trees, giving it a foreign feel even though you are in Japan.

The Cape Isobue Observation Deck, which can be reached in about 2 minutes by car from Shiokahama, offers a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean.
Don't miss the votive tablets made with Appa shellfish, a local specialty, and the Tsubasu Bell, which is said to bring you success and good fortune when rung.

Cape Isofue Observation Deck

This observatory is famous for its breathtaking sunset views.
Colorful votive tablets made of cypress fan shells (appakai) are unique to this region.

Hamajima is an area facing two seas, and is known as a ``Ise lobster town'' where fishing of lobster is one of the most active areas in Shima City.

One of the famous festivals in the Hamajima area is the Ise Ebi Festival.
Held every June to pray for a big catch, it is Shima City's most lively festival.

If you walk along the road from the Ise Ebi King Statue, you will come to ``Bindama Road'' where bottles of fishing gear are lined up.
The promenade is lit up at night, creating a magical atmosphere.

Bindama Road

A walking road that stretches approximately 1km and is decorated with objects made from fishing gear. It is illuminated at night.

The Hamajima area is actually a region with many hot springs, and there are many open-air baths with great views of the ocean, making it a recommended spot for hot spring lovers.
Relax from your day's travels at an inn or hotel with a spectacular view, and relax in preparation for your second day.

Ukehi Shrine

A shrine with an eye-catching statue of Ebisu with a nose

The main deities are the five sons and three goddesses born from the vow of life between Amaterasu Omikami and Susano Omikami, and the deities that were enshrined together at the beginning of the Meiji era are enshrined here.
The shrine's guardian forest is designated as a natural monument by the prefecture.

There are Inari Shrine and Ebisu Shrine on Ebisugaoka to the west of the precincts, and a large statue of Ebisu with a missing nose smiles toward the sea to the south.
There is a custom of cutting off the nose of a statue out of a desire to ``take the first one'' and use it as protection against a big catch and a surefire victory.As the nose is always worn on the statue, it is called ``Hana-kake Ebisu''. It is loved.

At Ebisu Shrine, the first laugh ritual is held on January 3th every year, where people raise their hands and laugh three times.

Goshuin information

You can get a goshuin stamp at the shrine office, and you can get a goshuin stamp with the company seal on it.

Shrine information

Address681 Hamajima, Hamajima-cho, Shima City, Mie Prefecture
TEL 0599-53-0088

Let's heal the fatigue of a day's travel at Hamajima, where there are hot spring inns and resort hotels with spectacular views!

Enjoy an extraordinary experience with a sense of unity with nature

Shima Mediterranean Village, located on the way to Ukehi Shrine, is an exotic hotel that recreates a Mediterranean townscape, and is an accommodation facility where you can enjoy views of Ago Bay and natural hot springs.
In addition to Mediterranean Village, there are many accommodations with hot springs in the Hamajima area, such as Premier Resort Yuga, Seaside Hotel Kujibousou, and Oedo Onsen Monogatari Ise-Shima, which are irresistible for hot spring lovers!

Village & Hotel Shima Mediterranean Village

Oedo Onsen Monogatari Ise Shima

Premier Resort Yuga Ise Shima

You can also search for accommodations in the Hamajima area here.

The second day starts from Nakiri. Enjoy the culture of fishermen and Ama divers while visiting the Goshuin stamps!

An area where you can feel the culture and climate of a coastal town/fishing town

The Nakiri district, where Nakiri fishing port is located, is a fishing town, and is characterized by windbreak forests and stone walls throughout the town to prevent strong winds from the sea, and the stone walls from the Edo period still remain in the town.
At Nakiri Fishing Port, the Waraji Festival, which is dedicated to large waraji, which is registered as an intangible cultural heritage, is held every September. The festival, which uses giant waraji, which is rare in Japan, is a must-see.

Nakiri fishing port

It is a popular fishing port for anglers, and there are many fishing boats nearby.
It is famous for the ``Kaizoku Market,'' which is held in December.

The slope from the fishing port to the lighthouse is lined with many dried fish and souvenir shops!
The unique scenery of the fishing town and the Daiosaki Lighthouse are often used as models for paintings, and many painters have visited the area, making it known as the ``Painter Town.''
Additionally, there are several ama huts in Shima where you can experience the culture and life of ama divers.
Satoumi-an, one of the ama huts, is a place where tourists can sit around an irori hearth, eat and chat, and enjoy grilled spiny lobsters, abalone, turban shells, etc. caught in the seas of Ise-Shima. It is also a popular recommended spot!


An ama hut experience facility where you can learn about the culture and customs of ama divers. While listening to stories about Ama fishing, you can enjoy freshly caught seafood from Ise-Shima, grilled on the spot.

Nakiri Shrine

A shrine where the legend of Owaraji, where the giant escaped, remains.

Nakiri Shrine is located on a small mountain up a stone staircase and within walking distance from Daiozaki Lighthouse.
The park behind the shrine offers a panoramic view of the ocean, and depending on the time of year, you can even see Mt. Fuji. Another feature of the shrine is that it enshrines whale stones, which are said to bring blessings for family safety, a good catch of fish, and good health.

Also, there were votive tablets made from shells.

At Nakiri Shrine, a festival called ``Waraji Hiki'' is held at the beginning of September every year, in which a giant waraji is pulled and floated into the sea.
The festival, which uses large waraji, which is rare in Japan, is based on the folk tale of a large waraji, which was created by the villagers in order to drive out the giant "Dandarabotchi" who was destroying Daiosaki from the village.

Goshuin information

Although the shrine does not have a chief priest on duty, you can get a goshuin at the "Marui Himono Store" located right next to the shrine.

Shrine information

Address 1 Daiōchō Nakiri, Shima, Mie XNUMX-XNUMX
TEL 0599-72-0165

The goal of the goshuin stamp tour is Katada, Shimacho, the southernmost tip of the Shima Peninsula, where white beaches spread out.

Gaze out at the beautiful sea lined with pearl-cultured rafts from the impressive, pearl-colored bridge.

Katada, Shima Town, which can be reached in about 15 minutes by car from Nakiri Shrine, is located at the southernmost tip of the Shima Peninsula. Ama fishing is popular on the sandy Ono coast, and depending on the time of day, you may even see ama divers fishing.

The pearl-colored Shima Ohashi Bridge (Shima Pearl Bridge) offers views of Ago Bay and the surrounding mountains.
Pearl farming is popular in this area, and you can see pearl farming rafts floating here and there in the sea that can be seen from Shima Ohashi Bridge (Shima Pearl Bridge).
It is lit up at night and is a tourist attraction where you can enjoy a different view than during the day.

Shima Ohashi Bridge (Shima Pearl Bridge)

An ama hut experience facility where you can learn about the culture and customs of ama divers. While listening to stories about Ama fishing, you can enjoy freshly caught seafood from Ise-Shima, grilled on the spot.

Further west, you will find Goza Shirahama, which has been selected as one of the ``100 best bathing spots''.

The beach is shallow, with white sand, and the waves are calm, making it popular with families, and the excellent clarity makes it a popular destination for surfers.
There are many surf shops, and the beach is very popular in the summer.

Goza Shirahama

A shallow beach with beautiful clarity. There are many beach huts and campgrounds, and it is a popular spot for families and surfers in the summer.

Katada Inari Shrine

A shrine with a beautiful view of the red torii gate and the sea

Katada Inari Shrine, which has blessings for maritime safety, is a shrine located by the sea. Katada Inari Shrine is worshiped as the god of fishing, and the contrast between the red torii gate and the sea is very beautiful.

On the brick roof is a statue of Urashima Taro with a dignified expression, and the bricks are decorated with Ryugu Castle and Otohime. The 48 pictures of flowers and birds on the ceiling of the main shrine are a must-see!
There are several shrines within the precincts, and the gods called Anagami-san, Koyasu-san, Tairyo-san, Konkon-san, and Kasuga-san are enshrined there.
The festival is held on November 11th and January 7th, and the shrine grounds are crowded with people during the annual mochi throwing.

Goshuin information

The goshuin you can get at the shrine office is a goshuin with an Inari statue and torii gate drawn on it, typical of Inari shrines.

Shrine information

Address64 Katada, Shima-cho, Shima-shi, Mie Prefecture
TEL 0599-85-2342

Enjoy sightseeing in Shima City, a treasure trove of nature and food

With the main theme of visiting goshuin stamps, we introduced recommended spots that you can visit while traveling around Shima City in two days.
Shima City, which is blessed with nature, has many tourist spots other than the places we have introduced, so please be sure to visit Shima City.

List of shrines where you can receive Goshuin stamps in Shima City

Isobe area

Izamiya Shrine374 Kaminogo, Isobe-cho, Shima City
Isobe Shrine1250 Erihara, Isobe-cho, Shima City
Rinkoji Temple1092 Sakazaki, Isobe-cho, Shima-shi
Suunji Temple611-8 Mikasho, Isobe-cho, Shima City

Ago area

Ugata Shrine1550 Ugata, Agocho, Shima City
Yokoyama Ishigami Shrine874-4 Agochō Ugata, Shima, Mie XNUMX-XNUMX
Anori Shrine844 Anori, Agocho, Shima City
Shima Kokubunji Temple3476 Kokufu, Ago-cho, Shima City
Kokufu Shrine3007 Kokufu, Ago-cho, Shima City
Shinmei Shrine2-1 Shinmei, Agocho, Shima City
Honpukuji Temple2047 Tategami, Ago-cho, Shima-shi

Hamajima area

Ukehi Shrine681 Hamajima, Hamajima-cho, Shima-shi
Tokurinji Temple881 Minamibari, Hamajimacho, Shima City
Yabashira Shrine208 Sako, Hamajima-cho, Shima-shi

Daio area

Nakiri Shrine1 Nakiri, Daio-cho, Shima City
Daijiji Temple409 Nakiri, Daio-cho, Shima City
Funakoshi Shrine861 Funakoshi, Daio-cho, Shima City
Senyuji Temple6 Nakiri, Daio-cho, Shima City
Keishoji Temple490 Nakiri, Daio-cho, Shima City

Shima area

Katada Inari64 Katada, Shima-cho, Shima-shi
Yakumo Shrine (Katata)2392 Katada, Shima-cho, Shima-shi
Yakumo Shrine (Japanese style)2991-1 Shimachō Wagu, Shima, Mie XNUMX-XNUMX
Wagu Kannondo2985-7 Wagu, Shima-cho, Shima-shi
Naegiri FudosonShima-cho Goza, Shima City

Enjoy Shima