Ise Grand Shrines. Today I'd like to discuss the second most sacred shrine, the Atsuta shrine in Nagoya. Ise is important enough that it gets some foreign visitors. The Atsuta shrine, in spite of its importance, doesn't usually come up on the itineraries of visitors to Japan. That's too bad.
Atsuta is located south of the main downtown area, and is accessible by both train and subway. The shrine is not ostentatiously marked, and I had to wander a bit from the Atsuta station before I found it. It is notable from the outside mostly as a mass of trees and greenery in the urban landscape.
Nagoya tends not to be high on the list of tourist stops, in spite of being the third-largest city in Japan. It is an industrial town, and a very busy port, and has the reputation of not having much to see. This really isn't true. In addition to Atsuta, there is Nagoya castle, the vibrant port with many attractions, a zoo, an art museum, and museums operated by Toyota and Noritake China, both headquartered in Nagoya. Nagoya castle, in addition to being a beautiful expression of Japanese castle architecture, is historically significant as the home of the first Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu. Nagoya is definitely worth a visit.
Visiting information for Atsuta shrine is available here, and information on Nagoya is here.