Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
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6:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 9:30 PM
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This important shrine, dating back to 1063, is a popular site for weddings and other events during the year, and is particularly beautiful during cherry blossom or azalea season.
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  • Yan C
    Hong Kong, China855 contributions
    Recommended
    A large Shinto shrine in Kamakura frequented by locals. The worship hall stands on a terrace at the top of a wide stairway. Outside the hall, visitors have a bird’s eye view of the shrine and the city area beyond. This is important as outside the shrine’s entrance leading to the shrine is a wide pedestrian pathway lined on two sides by Sakura trees. They are perhaps not natural but planted there, but still the scenery is fascinating and captivating during cherry blossom time. A must visit for anyone who wants to observe the local religious customs and a beautiful scenery.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 April 2023
  • dyhx
    3,490 contributions
    Go early to experience the peace
    Huge compound surrounded by a few gardens, long flight of stairs to the top but can't go into the temple itself so it's just walking around on the outside. There's also a Maruyama Inari Shrine behind. As I was leaving, I saw some cart stalls set up along the long walk way towards the temple, selling food. I imagine this place to be rather crowded later in the day, am glad I made it there early, for a quiet and peaceful walk through. 
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 May 2023
  • JLlovetravel
    Phoenix, Arizona204 contributions
    It's nice but did not stand out to me.
    It is right in the middle of the city, so you "kind of" have to see it. It's nice but I enjoyed Hasedera really much more. But it's still worth going. Spend time exploring the surrounding areas as well. The main street leading to the train station is lined with little shops. I would combine the visit to this temple with other attractions.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 July 2023
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Martina1888
Inverness, UK513 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
It's probably one of the most popular attractions in Kamakura, so expect crowds. The shrine is easily accessible from Kamakura station.
Written 1 December 2023
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JLlovetravel
Phoenix, AZ204 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
It is right in the middle of the city, so you "kind of" have to see it. It's nice but I enjoyed Hasedera really much more. But it's still worth going. Spend time exploring the surrounding areas as well. The main street leading to the train station is lined with little shops. I would combine the visit to this temple with other attractions.
Written 20 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

carloscharmy
Bangkok, Thailand703 contributions
Jul 2023
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is a revered Shinto shrine in Kamakura. Its majestic torii gate, beautiful gardens, and historic structures create a serene and spiritual atmosphere. The shrine's significance in Japanese history and culture is palpable, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking a deeper understanding of Japan's heritage and traditions.
Written 15 July 2023
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Vayu
Natal, RN62 contributions
Aug 2022
I thought which the garden, smaller structures architecture and the temple itself were as interesting or a little more than the great buddha statue. Nearby there is the Kamakura shopping street as well, which I highly recommend.
Written 8 July 2023
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dyhx
Singapore3,490 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
Huge compound surrounded by a few gardens, long flight of stairs to the top but can't go into the temple itself so it's just walking around on the outside. There's also a Maruyama Inari Shrine behind. As I was leaving, I saw some cart stalls set up along the long walk way towards the temple, selling food. I imagine this place to be rather crowded later in the day, am glad I made it there early, for a quiet and peaceful walk through. 
Written 4 May 2023
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Ian G
North Yorkshire, UK1,359 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
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
Written 30 April 2023
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Excursion43943816621
1 contribution
Apr 2023 • Friends
Be prepared to climb the steps and experience the holy spirit. It's one of the most important shrines in history. And the architecture is breathtaking.
Written 19 April 2023
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Yan C
Hong Kong, China855 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
A large Shinto shrine in Kamakura frequented by locals. The worship hall stands on a terrace at the top of a wide stairway. Outside the hall, visitors have a bird’s eye view of the shrine and the city area beyond. This is important as outside the shrine’s entrance leading to the shrine is a wide pedestrian pathway lined on two sides by Sakura trees. They are perhaps not natural but planted there, but still the scenery is fascinating and captivating during cherry blossom time. A must visit for anyone who wants to observe the local religious customs and a beautiful scenery.
Written 17 April 2023
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ICHINO
2 contributions
Jul 2022
The shrine is located a ten-minute walk from the east exit of JR Kamakura Station.
At the entrance of the shrine, there is a large torii gate that is sure to overwhelm anyone who sees it.
Passing through the torii gate, go straight ahead and you will find a staircase called "Oishi-dan" (big stone steps).
The main shrine is located at the top of these stairs.
From the top of the staircase, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Kamakura.
Emperor Ojin, Hime and Empress Jingu are enshrined in the main shrine.
The main shrine is designated as a national important cultural property.

The origin of this shrine dates back to 1063, when Minamoto Yoriyoshi enshrined Iwashimizu-Hachimangu Shrine in Kyoto at Yui Wakamiya in Kamakura.
About 120 years later, in 1180, Minamoto no Yoritomo moved the shrine to its present location.
Even after the death of Minamoto no Yoritomo, the shrine has remained a symbol of Kamakura, having been revered by warriors such as Toyotomi Hideyoshi and the Tokugawa clan throughout the ages.

Also, as a measure of COVID-19, you can play "Chozu" using a bamboo utensil instead of a ladle.
"Chozu" is the act of purifying the hands and mouth before visiting a shrine.
As other countermeasures, there were signs asking people to wear masks and to keep their distance from others.

When you visit Kamakura, why not visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine to see and feel the 800 years of the shrine's history through the shrine pavilions, historical sites, and treasures that remain today?
Written 25 July 2022
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David N
Boston, MA177 contributions
Jun 2022
By no means the largest or nicest shinto shrine you can visit in Japan, but very historically important, and offers wonderful views of the city on a clear day. Easy access (central location in the city, lovely tree-lined approach) . Just be prepared for lots of stairs!
Written 3 June 2022
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