It is the holiest shrine in Japan.
Dedicated to the sun deity , the tutelary kami of Japan and the ancestor of the Imperial Family, Ise is where the most sacred objects are stored: Amaterasu's jewel and the mirror that was used to lure her out of her cave. She came out when she caught her reflection in the mirror and that's how light was returned to the world.
But noone has the right to see the treasures except the Emperor, who hardly ever makes use of the privilege.
Set in the ancient cedar forest, the main sanctuary is surrounded by a high wooden fence and cannot be accessed by regular worshippers.
What is most sacred remains concealed.