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Oharai-Machi & Okage-Yokocho

Ise Shrine old town 伊勢神宮老街

Visiting the most sacred shrine of Japan, the Inner Shrine in Ise Jingu (Grand Shrine) in the morning, I head out for lunch in Oharai-Machi which is a “Shrine Town” right by the entrance of Ise Grand Shrine. It is a 800-meter long interesting town filled with restaurants, cafes, bars, old buildings selling souvenirs, snacks and all kinds of merchants made in Ise Shima and Mie Prefecture.

In addition to the main street, there is a special area in the middle of the street called Okage-Yokocho. It is a unique section replicating a small town back in the Edo and Meiji Periods. There are restaurants selling local food, merchant shops that sell traditional toys, candies and souvenirs.

The Ise Shrine Town is a really nice place to walk around and have simple lunch and snacks in the afternoon. The street is paralleled to the Isuzu River so you may also take a walk along the riverbank. Please note that the shops open early in the morning but close at 5pm in the winter, 6pm in spring and 7pm in the summer. So it’s more for the day time.

Oharai Machi 禦祓町 伊勢老街
Oharai Machi is a charming 800-meter long stone paved street filled with historic buildings, merchant stores, restaurants and souvenir shops.
禦祓町是一條延綿800公尺的伊勢老街,兩旁有許多舊建築物、餐廳、商店、手信店,十分熱鬧。
Oharai Machi 禦祓町 伊勢老街
There are a wide variety of souvenirs from Ise Shima and the rest of Mie Prefecture.
老街上有很多商店出售各種伊勢志摩及三重縣的特產。
Oharai Machi 禦祓町 伊勢老街
A winery.
酒莊。
Oharai Machi 禦祓町 伊勢老街
This may be one of the most popular take-out restaurants in the area, selling Matsusaka beef snacks. There is always a long queue.
這間松阪牛小吃店是老街上最受歡迎的餐廳之一,永遠排長龍。
Oharai Machi 禦祓町 伊勢老街
October to March is the oyster season. This bar sells oysters and beers in February. An interesting combination!
10月至3月是蠔的季節,這間啤酒店出售蠔和啤酒,很特別的配搭。
Oharai Machi 禦祓町 伊勢老街
This is a bank where currency exchange is available.
這銀行可以兌換外幣。
 Oharai Machi 禦祓町 伊勢老街
The pearl shop and Post Office next store.
珍珠店,旁邊是郵局,都是古老建築。
Okage Yokocho 託福小街
Okage Yokocho is in the middle section of Oharai Machi, featuring replica buildings back in the Edo and Meiji Periods.
託福小街位於老街中間左手邊,街上的舊房子是模擬江戶時代及明治時代的建築而建的,可以感受時光倒流日本江戶時代的生活。
Okage Yokocho 託福小街
There are some shades, benches and lanterns in Okage Yokocho. I think that’s what it looked like in the old days.
託福橫町路上有些木棚、燈籠和長凳,應該都是以前街道的情境。
Okage Yokocho 託福小街
This stage is for the Okage-yokocho drum performance.
這太鼓櫓是托福橫町內的打鼓舞台。
Okage Yokocho 託福小街
This Maneki-Neko (Beckoning cat) shop has the biggest collection of Maneki-Neko ornaments and charms from all over Japan.
這間招財貓專門店有全日本的招財貓產品,有些造型是其他地方沒有見過的。
Okage Yokocho 託福小街
Other than the “Beckoning Cat”, there is a “Wish passing dog” called Okage-inu. Dogs were used to carry the wishes for those who couldn’t make it to visit Ise Grand Shrine in the old days. Today, these souvenir dogs carrying some fortune scripts are great souvenirs.
除了招財貓,這裏也有托福犬。從前有些人不方便前往神宮參拜會利用一些「托福犬」把祈福願望帶到神社。現在這「托福犬」公仔就有一張祝福字條,送禮自用都是不錯的手信。
Okage Yokocho 託福橫町
There are also shops that sell traditional Japanese toys and candies.
這裏也有一些商店出售傳統玩具和駄果子。
Okage Yokocho 託福橫町
There are quite a few restaurants selling local food in Okage Yokocho. This is one of the popular ones selling udon. People eat udon on the benches outside.
託福橫町內有好幾間下吃店,這間烏冬麵店就很受歡迎,許多客人都坐在外面的長凳吃麵,別有一番風味。
Ise Oharai Machi 伊勢老街 禦祓町
Address of Oharai Machi: Uji Nakanokiri-cho/Uji Imazaike-cho, Ise 516-0026, Mie Prefecture.
Transportation: take a bus from Ise City Station and Get off at “Jinkukaikanmae”.
禦祓町・託福橫町地址:三重県伊勢市宇治中之切町52。
交通:從「伊勢市」站乘搭外宮內宮循環巴士,在「神宮會館前」下車直達。
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