Ise Province

province of Japan including most of modern Mie Prefecture

Ise Province (伊勢国, Ise no kuni) was an old province of Japan in the area of modern Mie Prefecture on the island of Honshū.[1]

Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Ise Province highlighted

The province had borders with Iga, Kii, Mino, Ōmi, Owari, Shima, and Yamato.

When the province was created in 646, its capital city was Uji-Yamada.[2]


View of Ise Province, woodblock print by Hiroshige, 1860

Before Nara period, Ise Shrine, the holiest Shinto shrine is established in this Province and here is introduced by a word Kamukaze inwaka rhetorics in Nara periode. In the Edo period, the Tōkaidō road was the main route between the Imperial capital at Kyoto and the main city of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The road passed through Ise.[3]

In the Meiji period, the provinces of Japan were converted into prefectures. The maps of Japan and Ise Province were reformed in the 1870s.[4]

The World War II Japanese battleship Ise was named after this province.

Temples and ShrinesEdit

Tsubakiōkamiyashiro (Tusbaki jinja/Nakato jinja) was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) for the province. [5]

Related pagesEdit


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Ise" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 395.
  2. Schelliner, Paul E. et al. (1996). International Dictionary of Historic Places, Vol. 5, p. 376.
  3. Nussbaum, "Tōkaidō" at p. 973.
  4. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  5. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 1 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-1-17.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Ise Province at Wikimedia Commons