Kamakura is just an hour or so train ride from Tokyo, making it a popular day-trip destination for tourists. Kamakura has an ancient and important history, its nature is rich and plentiful, and along with its many shrines and temples it is truly a treasure trove of power spots. A bonus is that Kamakura has many nostalgic, traditional-house style cafes, allowing you the chance to relax and enjoy local Kamakura gourmet while visiting the power spots.
We’ll introduce a selection of 7 recommended shrines and temples that are especially worth visiting, including popular power spots which you can access using the scenic, coastal Enoden train line which runs between Kamakura and Fujisawa.
[Relationship] Tsuruogaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is the most importante prime shrine in Kamakura, and its precincts are designated as national historic sites. There is a lesser known stone romance power spot known as “Masako Ishi” a.k.a Hime Ishi/Princess Stones. This is located on Genji Pond, on the right-hand side after passing through the torii gates in front of the shrine. The two stones behind the Hataage Benzaiten Shrine which stands on the pond’s small island are the Masako Ishi stones. These are considered to be prayer stones for fulfilling romance, marriage, and childhood, and the site actually has links back to ancient events in Kamakura.
10 minutes on foot from JR Kamakura Station East Exit
10 minutes on foot from Enoden Kamakura Station
Hataage Benzaiten Shrine
Hidden sacred Masako Ishii stones for romance power spot
[Relationship] Kuzuharaoka Shrine
Kuzuharaoka Shrine is a popular power spot for matchmaking compared to others in Kamakura. It enshrines Toshimoto Hino who served Emperor Godaigo.
To reach this shrine on the hillside of Mt. Genji, you’ll need to hike up a long slope.
When you visit the shrine, make sure to ward off your bad luck by taking a small clay plate and think of the bad memories/things you want to take away from your life and smash the plate against the stone called Masaru-Ishi next to the torii gate.
You can also purchase 5 yen coin charm with a red thread from the shrine office, which is used to seek your love fortune from the pair of Enmusubi Stones in the shrine. There is a male stone and female stone, and you tie your coin charm to the stone representing the opposite gender in hope of finding your true love.
35 minutes on foot from JR Kamakura Station West Exit
Long slope up to Kuzuharaoka Shrine
Beautiful scenary from the parking lot of Kuzuharaoka Shrine
Enmusubi Stones Female Stone (Left) Male Stone (Right)
[Relationship] Sasuke Inari Shrine
This shrine contains an eleven faced Bodhisattva statue, which is said to have been carved by a beautiful princess who was not blessed with good match in the hope to wish couple’s successful romance.
The eleven faced Bodhisattva statue itself is enshrined year round but only present to the public once a year
The shrine is close to Kuzuharaoka shrine and Zeniarai Benten, and it is recommended to visit all three of these major power spots in Kamakura when you are in the area.
About 20 minutes on foot from JR Kamakura Station
Torii gate to Sasuke Inari Shrine
Eleven faced Bodhisattva statue is enshrined here
Charm for good relationship (romance) sold at Sasuke Inari Shrine
[Relationship] Hongakuji Temple
Hongakuji Temple is said to have been built by Minamoto no Yoritomo (first shogun of the Kamakura Shogunate)to protect and bring fortune to the Kamakura area. It is about 10 minute walking distance from Kamakura Station, and the precincts are relatively small and compact compared to other places wishing for the fulfillment of love.
This temple is famous for its unique lucky charms called “Nigiri-fuku”, which is said to make your wish come true if you grasp it every day. It comes in 5 different types from love, health, wealth, study and fortune. These charms are tiny, about 2cm and because its handmade, every faces drawn are different.
5 minutes on foot from JR Kamakura Station East Exit
"Nigiri-fuku" lucky charms
Hasedera Temple, also known as Hydrangea Temple, has its own matchmaking spot known as “Ryoen Jizo” (a set of three Buddhist statues), which has actually become known via word of mouth. It is claimed that if you find all three sets of these “good match” statues within the temple’s grounds, you will be blessed with your own perfect match in love.
5 minutes on foot from Enoden Hase Station
“Ryoen Jizo” three Buddhist statues blessing you with perfect match in love
[Relationship] Hōkoku-ji Temple
The temple stands on the outskirts of Kamakura with beautiful bamboo grove making it one of a kind. Not only bamboo, but you can feel the Zen air with enchanted feelings surrounded by moss covered stones and bloom of flowers on jasmine and cherry trees depending on the season.
Couples who visit Hōkoku-ji Temple often get married and thus it is known as a famous power spot for marriage.
30 minutes on foot from JR Kamakura Station
Bamboo grove at Hokoku-ji Temple
[Seperation] Tokeiji Temple
In the times where women weren’t allowed to divorce on their will, Tokeiji Temple was the last hope for women seeking refuge from abusive husbands and mothers-in-law to help them claim divorce. With this background, those who seek divorce, those who have trouble with their partners, those who want to start something new and those who want to start new romance visit this temple.
4 minutes on foot from JR Kita-Kamakura Station
Tokeiji Temple (a.k.a "divorce" temple)