Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Symbol of Kamakura for 800 years - Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is one of the most famous Shinto shrines in Japan. About 2.5 million people visit here only for 3 days in the New Year. It is easy access from Kamakura station, and there are many shopping places and cafes between the shrine and the station, please stop by there if you have a chance.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu was moved and reconstructed by the Shogun, Yoritomo Minamoto, in 12th century. You can enjoy seasonal flowers such as cherry blossoms and colored leaves at the precincts through the year.

Wakamiyaoji Street stretches from the shrine to Kamakura station, and leads to the beach of Kamakura city. The width of the road of the Shinto shrine gate near Kamakura station is about 5 meters, however, the width at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu entrance is about 3 meters. This is to show the street longer, using perspective method.

Going under the big shrine gate and passing the bridge, you can see Maiden (Dancing hall). It is said that the lover Shizuka who had tragic love with Yoshitsune Minamoto (Yoritomo's brother) danced for him. If you are lucky, you might be able to see Japanese classical wedding.

The main hall is at the top of big stairs. Throw coins to the offertory box and make a wish.


Please look up the mail hall and you will find the character, Hachimangu. The word Hachi is drawn by pigeons because pigeons are the messengers of the deity at this shrine. The sculptures at the main hall is very beautiful.

Shirahata Shrine is on the right side of the same precinct. This shrine is for victory and business success, let's visit here.


At the back side of Hataagebenzaitensha of Genji-pond, there is a Masako stone, which is said that Shogun Yoritomo prayed for her easy delivery of their baby. So praying here is said to bring good love and baby.
2-1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakura, Kanagawa
TEL: 0467-22-0315
Open: 6:00 - 20:30 No holiday
Admission Free
10 minutes' walk from Kamakura station

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