Sign in for a personalized experience.
Japan Guide Homepage
Travel
Living
Forum
Restaurants
Shopping
Jobs
Friends
News
-
Essentials
-
Sightseeing
-
Accommodation
-
Transportation
-
Restaurants
-
Shopping
-
Budget Travel
-
Questions

Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kanto - Kamakura
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu 
# 2   of 16 most visited
sights in Kamakura

jump to:   access  -  admission  -  hotels  -  ratings  -  links

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is Kamakura's most important shrine. It was founded by Minamoto Yoriyoshi in 1063, and enlarged and moved to its current site in 1180 by Minamoto Yoritomo, the founder and first shogun of the Kamakura government.

The shrine is dedicated to Hachiman, the patron god of the Minamoto family and of the samurai in general. The deified spirits of the ancient Emperor Ojin who has been identified with Hachiman, Hime-gami and Empress Jingu are enshrined at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

Dankazura shrine approach in spring

The shrine is reached via a long, wide approach that leads from Kamakura's waterfront through the entire city center, with multiple torii gates along the way. The main hall (Hongu or Jogu) stands on a terrace at the top of a wide stairway. The main hall includes a small shrine museum, which displays various treasures owned by the shrine, such as swords, masks and documents.

To the left of the stairway stood until 2010 a large ginkgo tree, which predated the shrine, and was once used as a hideout in an ambush attack on a shogun. Every autumn, the tree turned beautifully golden, but it did not survive a winter storm in March 2010. At the base of the stairway stands the Maiden, a stage for dance and music performances. Other structures on the shrine grounds include the Wakamiya Shrine, a secondary shrine to the right of the stairway and various auxiliary buildings.

Maiden dancing stage in front of the stairs that lead towards the main hall

Flanking the main approach to the shrine are two ponds. One pond represents the Minamoto Clan and has three islands, while the other represents the Taira Clan, the Minamoto's arch rivals, and has four islands, as the number four can be pronounced the same as "death" in Japanese. A garden, known for its peonies, surrounds the Minamoto Pond halfway. It is open seasonally in spring and winter (500 yen).

Various events are held at the shrine throughout the year. During the New Year holidays, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is with over two million visitors one of the country's most popular shrines for hatsumode (the year's first visit to a shrine), and in mid April and mid September, horseback archery (yabusame) is performed along the main approach to the shrine.

The shrine approach seen from the main hall

Any Questions? Ask them in our question forum.

How to get there
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine can be reached from Kamakura Station either through the busy Komachi-dori shopping street, or along the Dankazura, a pedestrian path in the center of Wakamiya Oji Street that is lined with several hundreds of cherry trees. Via either route, the walk from Kamakura Station to the shrine takes about 10-15 minutes.

How to get to and around Kamakura

Hours and Fees
Hours:5:00 to 21:00 (from 6:00 from October to March)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing
Open 24 hours from January 1 to 3
Closed:No closing days
Admission:Free (shrine museum: 200 yen)

Advertisement

Hotels and Ryokan
Search Hotels
Sponsor Hotels
8 Hotel
Ideal for touring Kamakura. 2 min walk from Fujisawa Sta. of JR, Enoshima Dentetsu and Odakyu. Bicycle rent, internet , restaurant, laundry, kitchen available.

User Ratings
Ratings for Hachimangu Shrine:
japan-guide.com Rating:
  outstanding  
User Rating (by 580 users):
84/100
  recommended

Best rated sights nationwide (out of 787):
226.  Yoshikien Garden (Nara)   84/100
227.  Matsushima Bay (Matsushima)   84/100
228.  Nagashima Resort (Nagoya)   84/100
229.  Hiking Trails (Kamakura)   84/100
230.  Meigetsuin Temple (Kamakura)   84/100
231.  Hachimangu Shrine (Kamakura)   84/100
232.  Ueno Park (Tokyo)   84/100
233.  Zenkoji Temple (Nagano)   84/100
234.  Prefectural Museum (Miyazaki)   84/100
235.  Spa Resort Hawaiians (Iwaki)   84/100
Most visited sights nationwide (out of 913):
53.  Yamashita Park (Yokohama)   1273
54.  Nagoya Castle (Nagoya)   1271
55.  Tokyo Disneyland (Tokyo)   1257
56.  Hiroshima Castle (Hiroshima)   1245
57.  Lake Ashinoko (Hakone)   1199
58.  Hachimangu Shrine (Kamakura)   1192
59.  Yasaka Shrine (Kyoto)   1185
60.  Chinatown (Kobe)   1184
61.  Kofukuji Temple (Nara)   1176
62.  Horyuji Temple (Nara)   1167

User Feedback
We strive to keep japan-guide.com up-to-date and accurate, and are always looking for ways to improve the user experience. If you have any updates, suggestions, corrections or opinions, please let us know:

English Links
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
English official website.

Japanese Links
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Official website.

Online Reservations
Hotel
 
Car
 
Flight
 
Bus

(check-in)

Related Pages

Most Recent Autumn Color Report
November 25
Kyoto
more reports...

News and Reports
April 4, 2014
Kamakura Cherry Blossom Report
by scott
December 6, 2013
Kamakura Autumn Color Report
by sean
March 26, 2013
Kamakura Cherry Blossom Report
by scott
December 5, 2012
Kamakura Autumn Color Report
by scott
June 18, 2012
Hydrangea Flowers in Kamakura
by sean
April 12, 2012
Kamakura Cherry Blossom Report
by scott
December 8, 2011
Kamakura Autumn Color Report
by scott
April 8, 2011
Kamakura and Fuji
by Scarophion
More reports...

Related Questions
Enoshima Iwaya cave
 1 reaction, last updated 22 days ago
Travel to Kamakura from Tokyo
 6 reactions, last updated 24 days ago
Yunishigawa Kamakura Festival
 0 reactions, last updated 42 days ago
Temples and views in Kamakura
 4 reactions, last updated 76 days ago
Kamakura, what to do with my bag?
 2 reactions, last updated 86 days ago
Enoshima-Kamakura Free Pass & RomanceCar
 3 reactions, last updated 136 days ago
Asakusabashi to Kamakura & Hase
 11 reactions, last updated 140 days ago
Getting to Hokokuji Bamboo Temple
 2 reactions, last updated 141 days ago
What is the best way to get to enoshima?
 2 reactions, last updated 152 days ago
Enoshima: Iwaya caves are closed
 2 reactions, last updated 207 days ago
Enoshima kamakura free pass
 3 reactions, last updated 276 days ago
Can I buy Kamakura Enoshima Pass ?
 1 reaction, last updated 372 days ago
Kamakura and Nikko
 1 reaction, last updated 377 days ago
Tulip in Enoshima
 2 reactions, last updated 411 days ago
Culture Day 3 Nov
 1 reaction, last updated 414 days ago
Is Kamakura Enoshima Pass really worth?
 1 reaction, last updated 448 days ago
Day Trip to Enoshima Island,Yokohama
 2 reactions, last updated 449 days ago
Escalator in enoshima
 1 reaction, last updated 472 days ago
Accessibility
 1 reaction, last updated 475 days ago
Fron narita airport to kamakura
 1 reaction, last updated 475 days ago

Travel
Living
Japan A-Z
Community
Sightseeing
Accommodation
Transportation
Shopping
Essentials
Regions
Prefectures
Cities
Working
Studying
Living Cost
Apartments
Arts and Crafts
Entertainment
History
Religion
Etiquette
Food
Language
Tradition
Question Forum
Classifieds
Trip Reports
Member Area
Sightseeing Guide
Hokkaido
Sapporo
Otaru
Hakodate
Noboribetsu
Niseko
Furano
Daisetsuzan
Shiretoko
more...
Tohoku
Sendai
Matsushima
Hiraizumi
Hachimantai
Hirosaki
Lake Towada
Dewa Sanzan
Aizu
more...
Kanto
Tokyo
Yokohama
Kamakura
Hakone
Nikko
Kawagoe
Kusatsu
Narita
more...
Chubu
Nagoya
Mount Fuji
Izu Peninsula
Matsumoto
Kiso Valley
Takayama
Shirakawa-go
Kanazawa
more...
Kansai
Kyoto
Osaka
Nara
Kobe
Himeji
Mount Koya
Kumano
Ise Shima
more...
Chugoku
Hiroshima
Miyajima
Okayama
Kurashiki
Tottori
Matsue
Iwakuni
Hagi
more...
Shikoku
Takamatsu
Kotohira
Naoshima
Matsuyama
Kochi
Tokushima
Naruto
Iya Valley
more...
Kyushu
Fukuoka
Nagasaki
Kumamoto
Mount Aso
Beppu
Kagoshima
Kirishima
Yakushima
more...
Okinawa
Honto
Kume
Miyako
Yaeyama
Copyright © 1996-2014 japan-guide.com All rights reserved - Last Page Update: February 12, 2014
home - site map - privacy policy - terms of use - contact - employment - Lɂ‚ - advertising