President Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Visit Holy Site After Awkward Encounter

PHOTO: President Obama and Japans Prime Minister Shinzo walk on the Ujibashi bridge as they visit the Ise Jingu shrine in Ise, Mie prefecture, Japan, May 26, 2016, ahead of the first session of the G-7 summit meetings.PlayToru Hanai/AP
WATCH Obama, Japan PM Visit Holy Site After Awkward Encounter

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited one of Japan's holiest sites today, just a day after their awkward, joint news conference.

Interested in ?

Add as an interest to stay up to date on the latest news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
Add Interest

PHOTO: President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, walk on Ujibashi bridge as they visit Ise Jingu shrine in Ise, Mie prefecture, Japan, May 26, 2016, ahead of the first session of the G7 summit meetings. Toru Hanai/AP
President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, walk on Ujibashi bridge as they visit Ise Jingu shrine in Ise, Mie prefecture, Japan, May 26, 2016, ahead of the first session of the G7 summit meetings.

The president and prime minister strolled through the Ise-Jingu Shrine before meeting with other G7 leaders. The world leaders used shovels to plant trees on the grounds of the holy site.

PHOTO: G-7 leaders participate in a tree planting during a visit at Ise Jingu shrine in Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan, May 26, 2016, as part of the G-7 Summit.Carolyn Kaster/AP
G-7 leaders participate in a tree planting during a visit at Ise Jingu shrine in Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan, May 26, 2016, as part of the G-7 Summit.

PHOTO: A group of school children wait for the G-7 leaders to arrive for their tour of the Ise Jingu shrine in Ise, Japan, May 26, 2016.Doug Mills/AP
A group of school children wait for the G-7 leaders to arrive for their tour of the Ise Jingu shrine in Ise, Japan, May 26, 2016.

It was a stark contrast to the icy reception Obama received when he landed in Japan Wednesday.

Abe publicly lectured the president over the slaying of a 20-year-old Japanese woman in Okinawa, allegedly at the hands of a former U.S. Marine.

PHOTO: President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands after speaking to media in Shima, Japan, May 25, 2016. Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo
President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands after speaking to media in Shima, Japan, May 25, 2016.

The president spent the rest of his days in meetings at the G7 summit, where leaders were expected to speak about terrorism, maritime security and the global economy.

PHOTO: G-7 leaders walk past the Kaguraden as they visit Ise Jingu shrine in Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan, May 26, 2016, as part of the G-7 Summit.Carolyn Kaster/AP
G-7 leaders walk past the Kaguraden as they visit Ise Jingu shrine in Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan, May 26, 2016, as part of the G-7 Summit.

Obama will travel to Hiroshima Friday, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site where the United States dropped an atomic bomb during World War II.

"Our visit to Hiroshima will honor all of those who were lost in World War II and reaffirm our shared vision of a world without nuclear weapons, as well as highlight the extraordinary alliance that we have been able to forge over these many decades," the president said Wednesday.

Comments