Exhibiton Hall 1
Using the approach of "Saiku as revealed through words", this hall centers around the Heian Period when Saiku was in its heights of prosperity and examines Saiku and the Saio as disclosed in historical documents and dynastic literature. It displays the Saio from the birth of the system to the lifestyle at Saiku, as well as the focusing on the Saio's day-to-day life upon returning to the capital city using replicas, displays and grand-scale recreations in motion picture format. In addition, in conjunctions with displays, the world of the Saio and dynastic literature as narrated in classical literature, such as the "Ise Monogatari" and the "Genji Monogatari", are introduced here.
At the entrance of the Exhibition Hall, a model of anancient man-carried carriage(Sokaren) is on display.
At the back of the Hall, a full-scale living area showing replicas of the Saio clothed in a twelve-layered kimono (junihitoe), as well as furniture and other daily supplies is showcased, introducing a full visual depiction of the splendor of the Saio.
Exhibition Hall 2
With the theme of "Saiku as revealed through artifacts", we introduce archaeological documents as well as the fruits of excavations conducted at the Saiku-ato site in this hall.
The exhibit centers around excavated artifacts from the period covering Asuka period to the Kamakura period and includes artifacts found in the Naiin (central) area of the excavation site where the Saio resided, an aerial photograph of the entire Saiku excavation site stationed underneath a 1/400 scale model, and a reconstructed wall confirmed through research to be dated in the latter part of the Nara period, giving a great deal of presence to the exhibition hall.
Also, in conjunction to a visual exhibit using computer graphics, a diversified exhibit serves in bringing the archaeology of Saiku closer in scope to visitors with hands-on opportunities to guess the period of origin of excavated earthenware and put together puzzle pieces of earthen vessels.
Motion Picture Exhibition Hall
In the Motion Picture Exhibition Hall, two main pictures are shown periodically each day, including, "Saio Gunko" (The Saio Mass Procession), a beautiful, High-Vision reenactment of the purification ritual and journey from the Heian capital city (present-day Kyoto) to the land of Ise; and "Ima Yomigaeru Maboroshi no Miya" (The Phantom Shrine, Revived in the Present), a recreation of the Saiku of the Heian Era as discovered through the Saiku excavation sites.