Prince Hisahito, the 6-year-old son of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, on Monday paid his first visit to Ise Shrine, dedicated to the ancestral deities of the imperial family, in Ise, Mie Prefecture, accompanying his parents and sister.
The young prince, dressed in a navy blue suit with a tie, followed in the steps of his father in a swallow-tailed coat, mother in a long dress, and his 18-year-old sister Princess Kako in school uniform on a pebbled path to the Geku compound of the Shinto shrine, where they made an offering.
The four then proceeded to the Naiku compound a few kilometers away where Amaterasu Omikami, worshipped as the ancestral deity of the imperial family, is enshrined.
They took a look at a new main pavilion in the compound built next to the existing one. In October, a ceremony called "Sengyo" is scheduled to be held as a centerpiece ritual to mark the reconstruction of the building, which takes place once every 20 years.
Prince Hisahito is third in line to the throne. His father Prince Akishino is second after his older brother Crown Prince Naruhito.