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Meotoiwa, Ise

Religious Site · Landmark
Admire the shape and learn the legend of Meotoiwa, a sacred geological feature. The two rocks jut out from the ocean--the larger representing the husband, and the smaller his wife--with the relationship between the two taking on a spiritual quality in the beliefs of worshippers at the local Shinto shrine. Joined by a heavy "shimenawa" rope (a rice straw rope used in Shinto rituals), the rocks form a striking shape just off from the coast. Make Meotoiwa a centerpiece of your Ise vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Ise road trip planner.
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  • The rocks is smaller than I expected. But I think it's nice to have a visit. After I have lunch near Toba station, I took a bus to the rocks, get down the bus near the shopping mall, the bus took...  more »
  • It’s a nice shoreline walk on a sunny day. The rocks that are tied together is a symbolism of being together, ie man and wife or ball and chain (wink wink). There’s a statute of “Father of Japan...  more »

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