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Saiku:The Palace of Saio - the Imperial Princess Prays

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A Saio was an Imperial Princess who served Amaterasu-Omikami (the sun goddess) of the Ise Shrine on behalf of the Emperor and royal family.
Saio existed from the late 7th – late 14th centuries and each successive princess spent her life as an intermediary between the realms of the gods and men.
She lived in servitude to the kami (gods) and prayed for the country’s peace and prosperity.
The palace of the Saio was known as Saiku, and was situated near the entrance of the Grand Shrine of Ise.
It is said that each Saio passed her life in elegance in a fashion similar to those of the elite in the capital of Kyoto.
The remains of the palace and the surrounding area have long been protected and preserved by locals as a sacred site.
Today the spirit and prayers of the Imperial Princesses live on at the original site of the nation’s only Saiku.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

  • TITLE

    DESIGNATION

    LOCATION
  • Saiku-ato site

    Historic Sites

  • Articles unearthed from Saiku-ato site(collection of Saiku Historical Museum)

    Important Cultural Properties

  • Saio Woods

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Take Shrine

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Harai River

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Monument at Takegawa no Hanazono

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Grave of Princess Takako

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Site of Saio Ononominato Purification Ceremony

    Meiwa Town Historic Sites

  • Ōyodo

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Narihira's Pine

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Site of Sasafue Angu(temporary royal palace)

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Birthplace of Kakechikara offering

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

ACCESS

  • Train
    • Kintetsu Nagoya Sta.(Kintetsu Ltd Exp)〜Kintetsu Matusaka Sta.(Kintetsu Line)〜Kintetsu Saiku Sta.
    • Kintetsu Osaka-Uehommachi Sta.(Kintetsu Ltd Exp)〜Kintetsu Matusaka Sta.(Kintetsu Line)〜Kintetsu Saiku Sta.
  • Airplane
    • Chubu Centrair International Airport(Tsu Airport Line(high-speed craft))〜Tsu-Nagisamachi(By Express Bus)〜Kintestu Ise-shi Sta.(Kintetsu Line)〜Kintetsu Saiku Sta.
    • Chubu Centrair International Airport(Tsu Airport Line(high-speed craft))〜Tsu-Nagisamachi(By Bus)〜Kintetsu Tsu Sta.(Kintetsu Line)〜Kintetsu Saiku Sta.
    • Chubu Centrair International Airport(Meitetsu Airport Line)〜Meitetsu Nagoya Sta.(By Walk)〜Kintetsu Nagoya Sta.(Kintetsu Ltd Exp)〜Kintetsu Matusaka Sta.(Kintetsu Line)〜Kintetsu Saiku Sta.
    • Kansai International Airport(By Express Bus)〜Kintetsu Osaka-Uehommachi Sta.(Kintetsu Ltd Exp)〜Kintetsu Matusaka Sta.(Kintetsu Line)〜Kintetsu Saiku Sta.

CONTACT

  • Saiku-ato Culture and Tourism Division, Cultural Properties Section, Meiwa town Office
  • TEL:+81-596-52-7126