Jingu Chokokan and Agriculture Museum

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Feb 3, 2017

Jingu Chokokan is the oldest private museum in Japan that houses the history of the Ise Shrine.

The exterior of the building is easily recognizable by its elegant Renaissance architecture. Inside, you’ll find many artefacts from the Ise Shrine, like jewelry, on display. During my last visit, I saw these items up close and really learnt a lot about the Ise Shrine.

Another museum you should visit is the Jingu Agricultural Museum – Japan’s oldest museum of Industry and Agriculture. It exhibits materials related to the Jingu's imperial estate and artefacts related to agriculture, forestry and fisheries of the Meiji era.

I really liked how the museum was built with a hint of western architecture.

Both museums are located in a forested area between the Ise Shrine and Ise city. There is a very peaceful and spiritual vibe around the museums, which I really love.

Admission is about 500 yen for both museums, which I find is a reasonable price for the amount of Japanese culture you can learn.

神宮徴古館は、伊勢神宮の歴史や文化に関する貴重な資料が所蔵されている国内最古の私立博物館で、ルネサンス様式の優雅な外観が特徴です。

神宮の歴史に関する資料や宝飾品などが展示されていて、伊勢神宮を詳しく知ることができます。
また、神宮農業館は「人間と自然の産物との関わり」をテーマにした日本最初の産業博物館。
自給自足の伝統を守る神饌や農林水産関係の資料が展示されています。和洋折衷の建築様式は華麗かつ堂々としています。

いずれも伊勢市内から伊勢神宮向かう途中、広大な敷地を誇る森の中に設けられていて、
神宮参拝だけでは知ることのできない神宮の精神文化を静寂な雰囲気とともに体感できます。

観覧料は両館共通でで500円程度。
ぜひ、伊勢神宮周辺を深く学んでみて、日本人の原点に触れてみてください。

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