Excursion Ⅰ (at an extra-cost option):
Mushrooms in Japanese religious forest
DATE: October 3, 2019
Limit: 20 persons
We will visit the backforest of Ise Grand Shrine (http://www.isejingu.or.jp/en/index.html).
The forest has been preserved with careful management for sustainable use more than 1,350 years. In this forest, we observe the fungus and other microbes (Sample collection by participants are strictly prohibited). After the excursion, we will open the workshop (night session) on the mushrooms with some samples.
This excursion includes insurance and local transport expenses, and snack (You can eat lunch at local restaurants at your own expense).
1. Shoppinng, Okage Yokocho (https://www.okageyokocho.co.jp/en/)
2. Shrine artificial forests
3. Shrine natural forests
Excursions Ⅱ (at an extra-cost option): Real Japanese Icons
DATE: October 3, 2019
Limit: 40 persons
Ise Jingu (Naiku) Free walk and lunch on your own.
Ise Jingu goes by many names. Commonly called Ise Grand Shrine in English, its official name is “Jingu,” and it is also affectionately called “O-Ise-san” by the people.
Ise Jingu consists of two main shrines, Naiku and Geku, as well as 125 other shrines. Amaterasu-Omikami, a goddess revered as an ancestor of the Imperial family, is enshrined in Naiku, while a god of work, livelihood, and well-being is worshiped at Geku.
From the entrance to Naiku, cross the Ujibashi Bridge and follow the long gravel path to reach the shrine. The shrine is surrounded by pristine natural landscapes that look the way Japan has looked since long, long ago, and evoke a sense of peace and nostalgia in the Japanese people.
We will not prepare your lunch, please have lunch by yourself.
There are some restaurants around.
Visit the Ninja MUSEUM of Igaryu
- Iga-ryu Ninja House
The Ninja House is filled with traps and surprises, like hidden doors, secret passages, and hiding places for weapons. A kunoichi (female ninja) will give you an in-depth tour of the house and show you all the tricks and secrets up close!
- Ninja Experience Hall
Learn about the tools that ninjas used to carry out their missions. You can even try some of them out yourself! Over 400 ninja tools are on display, including real shuriken that were once used by real ninja!
- Ninja Show
Watch ninja tools being used the way ninja actually used them. Shuriken, swords, and kusarigama are all used in this breathtaking demonstration.
Note: The visit to the Ninja MUSEUM of Igaryu includes insurance, local transportation expenses, and a snack.
(Participants can purchase lunch at a nearby restaurant using their own funds.)