Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu was called the guardian deity of the samurai of Kamakura. The story of the shrine began when Minamoto no Yoriyoshi transferred the division of the kami (deity) from Iwashimizu Hachimangu in Kyoto, where he prayed for good fortune in warfare, to Yuigahama and re-enshrined Hachiman kami as the clan deity of the Minamoto clan after the Oshu region was pacified. Later, when Minamoto no Yoritomo entered Kamakura under the banner of reviving the Minamoto clan, the shrine was moved to its current location, and was later reorganized into two shrines, the upper and lower shrines, befitting the Kamakura shogunate's sosha (headquarters). The shrine is still popular today as a shrine associated with the samurai Genji clan and Minamoto no Yoritomo, and is sometimes counted as one of the three major Hachiman shrines. Yabusame (traditional horseback archery) ritual is held every year in spring and fall, performed by the samurai archer dressed in traditional hunting costumes from the Kamakura period. It is spectacular.

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Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yukinoshita 2-1-31 map map Map
6:00-20:30(21:00Gates shut )
open everyday
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Available * [9:00-19:30] 600yen up to 1 hour [after] 300yen every 30 minutes
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Available(Kamakura Free Wi-Fi)
English Menu
Available (Amulet list is available in English)
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Go early to experience the peace
    4.0 Reviewed : 2023.05.04
    Huge compound surrounded by a few gardens, long flight of stairs to the top but cant go into the temple itself so its just walking around on the outside. Theres also a Maruyama Inari Shrine...
  • Part of day trip to Karakora
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.04.30
    One of many impressive shrines and temples in this area. Worth day trip out from Tokyo to visit and enjoy. Easy to access via train
  • Beautiful and Calm
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.04.19
    Be prepared to climb the steps and experience the holy spirit. Its one of the most important shrines in history. And the architecture is breathtaking.

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