Santuario de Ise, Chūbu Region, Japan 

The Shrine of Ise  Also known as the Great Shrine of Ise And officially as The Sanctuary, Is the most important Shintō shrine in Japan , 1 considered the most sacred place of this religion . 2 3 It is located in the city of Ise , in the center of Mie Prefecture, in the central-southern region of the country. The area in which the sanctuary is located is part of the Ise-Shima National Park , which also includes other sacred and historical sites, such as Meoto Iwa and Saiku.

The Sanctuary is mentioned in the two oldest books of Japan, the Kojiki and the Nihonshoki , written at the beginning of the 8th century , in which it is mentioned that the legendary foundation of the Sanctuary was made in the year 4 a. C. , 4 by Princess Yamatohime-no-mikoto , daughter of Emperor Suinin .

The Sanctuary of Ise is composed of two main sanctuaries: the Inner Sanctuary And the Outer Shrine , Located about six kilometers northwest of the first. In addition, these two complexes have about one hundred and twenty-three subordinate sanctuaries of various categories, ninety-one in Naiku and thirty-two in Gekū , totaling one hundred and twenty-five sanctuaries.

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