Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine: A treasure of Kanagawa where you can enjoy history and beauty│Kanagawa Japan


Overview and characteristics of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is a historic shrine located in Yukinoshita, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

This shrine was founded in the late 11th century as the guardian deity of the Genji clan, and since then it has been worshiped as the guardian deity of the Kamakura samurai group.

It is also known as a shrine connected to Minamoto no Yoritomo, the first shogun of the Kamakura shogunate, and is well known in the Kanto region.

Highlights of the Shrine grounds

There are many things to see within the grounds of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

The main shrine (Jogu) was rebuilt by Tokugawa Ienari in the 11th year of Bunsei and has been designated as a national important cultural property. There are 61 large stone steps in the precincts, and when you reach the top you will find the Sakura Gate and the worship hall.

Additionally, at the entrance to the precincts is the ”Genji Pond“, which was ordered by Minamoto no Yoritomo to be dug.

This pond is divided into two parts, the left and right, and are called Genji Pond and Heike Pond, respectively.
Koi and soft-shelled turtles live in the pond, and beautiful lotus flowers bloom in the summer.

There is Hatagami Benten Shrine on the island of Genji Pond, and there is a stone bridge called Taikobashi between Genji Pond and Heike Pond.

The beautiful space that blends nature and history within the temple grounds will soothe your soul.

Komachi Street

Near Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, there is a shopping street called “Komachi Dori”.

Originally, it was a farm road called “Seto Kōchi,” but later it became an urban area.

The 360-meter street from the east exit of Kamakura Station to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is a shopping street with about 250 stores.

It is lined with shops selling daily necessities, souvenirs, and restaurants for local customers, and is crowded with pilgrims and students on school trips.

Basic information about Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

InfoTsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
 2-1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakura City,
 Kanagawa Prefecture
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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is a shrine that combines history and beauty in Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

We introduced its history from its founding to the present day, highlights of the temple grounds, and its cultural importance.

By visiting this shrine, you will be able to enjoy Japan’s history and natural beauty at the same time.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is one of Kamakura’s leading tourist spots, and its beauty and importance are loved by many people. Please come and experience its charm.

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