Purification Footbath Introduced at Meotoiwa Museum in Ise, Mie Prefecture

03.May.2018 | SPOT

In the town of Futami, located in Ise, Mie Prefecture is ISE Meotoiwa Meato Yokocho, one of the largest shopping facilities for souvenirs across the Shima Peninsula. Inside is the Meotoiwa Museum where they offer activities for tourists. They have just introduced the Misogi no Ashiyu, or ‘Purification Footbath,’ which uses seawater from Meotoiwa, Futami.

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Futami is a place where purification ceremonies took place at Misogi Hama, the purification beach of Futaminoura where the Meoto Iwa, or ‘Married Couple Rocks’ are located. This happened before one went to pray before the Ise Grand Shrine at a steam bath during the Edo Period, which is now next to Okitama Shrine. Additionally, in 1882, it received recognition as Japan’s first swimming area in the ocean, and bustled with members of the imperial family who used it as a health resort, including Emperor Taisho. The ocean water used in the purification footbath is normally taken from the seawater well located inside the facility. It is poured into the footbath bucket after being heated at the source of the free-flowing water.

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There’s plenty of other fun content to enjoy too, including a new purification-style fish tank, a spot to take photos themed on the Married Couple Rocks, and more!

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Why not enjoy a footbath to cleanse yourself before going to see the Married Couple Rocks?

 

■Information
ISE Meotoiwa Meato Yokocho

Address: 580 Futamichoe, Ise-shi, Mie Prefecture

Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00 (Times may vary depending on the season)
TEL: 0596-43-4111
Website: https://ise-seaparadise.com/

 

ISE Sea Paradise

Address: Same as above

Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
TEL: 0596-42-1760
Website: https://ise-seaparadise.com/

 

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