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Meoto Iwa (Wedded Rocks)

A spiritual awakening and a romantic view.

Visiting Mie Prefecture can be tricky due to its countryside locale, but it is a gold mine of ancient secrets and photogenic spots worth your time. You could spend weeks exploring its fantastic nature and temples.

Fortunately, there is a place that combines all the sleepy prefecture’s charm in one area. A walking tour along the beach-studded coastline in Ise city will get you to the famous romantic landmark— the Meoto Iwa rock formation, complete with a quirky frog shrine.

Meoto Iwa

The full moon rises over Meoto Iwa, the famous wedded rocks of Japan.

Start from Meoto Iwa Higashiguchi bus stop. Here you can taste the local cuisine, buy souvenirs and visit the Ise Sea Paradise Aquarium or Ise Meoto Iwa Shopping Plaza.

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Follow the pathway from the shopping center and you will find Ryugu Shrine.

The shrine is dedicated to Ryujin, the dragon god of the seas— the word ryuu in Japanese means “dragon.” The water that falls from this mystical beast’s stony mouth is used to purify visitors.

Pass the shrine and get closer to the breathtaking scenery of Meoto Iwa, also known as the Wedded Rocks. The two rocks in the ocean, less than 700 meters offshore, are eternally bound with a thick ceremonial rope. This romantic spot is recognized as one of Japan’s 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

meoto iwa

Photo by: Matthew Coslett So many ways to view Meoto Iwa.

The two rocks are in fact one of the prefecture’s principal religious attractions as they embody Izanagi and Izanami deities who, according to Japanese folklore, birthed the isles of Japan as well as many of the kami (sacred spirit) pantheon.

Meoto Iwa is a popular place for married couples to visit as the rocks represent marriage and the act of creation.

On a day with good weather, couples line up to try and stage the ultimate romantic photo with the couple themselves in the foreground, the entwined rocks in the midground, and even Mount Fuji itself in the far distance all in one shot.

The frog shrine

After capturing the perfect shot at one of Ise’s most photogenic spots, head to Futami Okitama Shrine, known for its frogs. Here, amphibians are seen as messengers of the Great God Sarutahiko and are regarded as an extremely valuable presence.

The frong shrine

Photo by: jpellgen (@1179_jp) Follow Splish splash froggy’s taking a bath.

According to the local legend, the shrine’s frogs have the power to grant your wishes. The obsession with these croakers comes from the fact that the Japanese word for frog, kaeru, is a homonym for the word for the return of things to their owner. Pour some water on these sacred beasties’ heads to bring lost things back to you.

These sights cover only a small bit of the beauty Mie has to offer. There are so many more legendary spots in the area waiting to be discovered.


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Things To Know

When to visit

Meoto Iwa should be visited during high tide when the rocks are separated by water. Visibility needs to be extraordinarily good at the time of your visit in order for Mt. Fuji to be visible. For walking tour info, check out this handy guide from the local tourism board.

How To Get There


江-575 二見町 Ise, Mie Prefecture 519-0602, Japan

By train

The main train station for the area is JR Futaminoura station. From Futaminoura station, it is a 15 to 20-minute walk to the Meoto Iwa area. 

By bus

To start the route as described in the article you will need to take the bus to 夫婦岩東口 bus stop. This bus costs ¥400 but saves you the walk.

Where To Stay

Hotel Castle Inn Isemeotoiwa (formerly Hotel Resort Inn Futami)
  • 537-20 Futamicho Chaya, Ise-shi, Mie, 519-0609 Japan
  • ¥7,300 - ¥28,900
  • 4.13/5 (1,616 reviews)
  • 0.6 km
Yawara no Yu Maruya
  • 277-2 Futamicho Chaya, Ise-shi, Mie, 519-0609 Japan
  • ¥14,300 - ¥14,300
  • 4.42/5 (95 reviews)
  • 1.0 km
Guesthouse Ise Futami
  • 156 Futamicho Sho, Ise-shi, Mie, 519-0606 Japan
  • ¥4,400 - ¥8,800
  • 4/5 (16 reviews)
  • 1.6 km
Ryoso Uminocho
  • 1693 Futamicho Matsushita, Ise-shi, Mie, 519-0601 Japan
  • ¥18,810 - ¥37,620
  • 4.45/5 (2,093 reviews)
  • 2.9 km
Toba Onsenkyo Todaya (Ise-Shima National Park)
  • 1-24-26 Toba, Toba-shi, Mie, 517-0011 Japan
  • ¥35,200 - ¥83,600
  • 4.06/5 (1,525 reviews)
  • 5.4 km

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