Tsurugaoka Hachimangu – the most famous shrine in Kamakura –


Tsurugaoka Hachimangu  is the most famous shrine in Kamakura,Kanagawa prefecture.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu  was first built by Yoritomo Minamoto in 1191.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu was built on Yoritomo’s faith and respect for his ancestors’ achievement. Yoritomo’s devotional behavior to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu was thought to be a good manner for next Shogun and Samurais. Many Shogun and their Samurais worship Tsurugaoka Hachimangu as Yoritomo done, and built shrines for Hachiman deity in various location in throughout Japan.

The existing building was constructed around 1828 – Edo period.

Entrance – “TORII”-

There is the “Maiden”. Weddings are held in Maiden.

Japanese Shinto-style wedding – SHINZEN style –
Brides wear traditional white kimono called shiromuku, and grooms wear montsuki (black formal kimono) and hakama (kimono pants).

Only family members and close relatives of couples attend Shinto-style ceremonies.

The main shrine is at the top of a flight of stairs.

This is where we do the praying.

You can see “MIKOSHI” by the main shrine.

■ Tsurugaoka Hachimangu  Infomation
< Opening Hours>
*Open year round
< Access >
2 -1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken
< Near station >
Kamakura Station(JR)

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