In Shinto, visitors are required to purify themselves by washing their hands and rinsing their mouth with pure water before praying to kami (Shinto deity). Here are basic manners and etiquette inside the Ise Jingu precinct.
- Open Hours:
- October, November, and December
- 05:00 to 17:00
- January, February, March, April, and September
- 05:00 to 18:00
- May, June, July, and August
- 05:00 to 19:00
Temizu (How to purify your hands and mouth) is a simple act of purification before approaching the main sanctuary.
Take the dipper with your right hand and fill it with water.
Pour some water over your left hand to rinse it.
Shift the dipper to your left hand and rinse your right hand.
Take the dipper with your right hand again, and pour water into your left cupped hand and rinse your mouth.Please do not touch the dipper directly to your mouth.
Finally, rinse your left hand once more and tilt the dipper so that the remaining water trickles down the handle to cleanse it.
When you reach a jinja in Jingu, please pray to the enshrined kami in the following manners.
Bow twice deeply.
Clap your hands twice.
And bow once more deeply.
- How to perform Temizu and pray to kami (Japanese)
- Please do not take a picture at the area to pray.
- Eating, drinking, and smoking are not allowed within the precinct except in designated areas.