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Shrine of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

2-1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture 248-0005, Japan
+81 467-22-0315
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Ranked #6 of 73 attractions in Kamakura
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Historic Sites, Zoos, Religious Sites
Owner description: This important shrine, dating back to 1063, is a popular site for weddings and other events during the year, and is particularly beautiful during... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Lynnwood, Washington
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This shrine should be approached from the boulevard in front of it to get the true effect of it's beauty. I've been here at all times of the year. I've seen it with snow on the roofs, when the cherry blossoms are blooming, when it is crowded with people and not. The buildings are immense, old and amazing. I get... More

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

The shrine itself is so-so. Don't miss the park next to the shrine. The Japanese Bota, as called by the Japanese, are magnificent in vibrant colors – bright red, bright pink, bright white, a mix-in-one, and all the shades in betweens. The plants have to be protected from the snowfall with some sort of woven grass type roofing, though I... More

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Windermere, Florida
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65 reviews 65 reviews
16 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

even in the dead of winter this place is worth a visit. the complex is sprawling and you could easily spend hours exploring the grounds. what i love about kamakura is the diversity of the temples and shrines. some are very peaceful and calm, like hasedera, and others, like tsurugaoka hachimangu, are more energetic and crowded. however, if the crowds... More

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Aveiro, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

The temple in itself is lovely, the atmosphere too, but it's not very quiet as it is full of people running around and speaking loudly, mostly tourists (both eastern and western). This time there I saw at least 4 wedding ceremonies, I believe September must be a good month to get married in Japan!

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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

This is the must visit place when visiting Kamakura. We were lucky to see the Japanese wedding happening in the open space! That was really awesome. Should also check events calendar. The walks leading to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is lovely too. You can enjoy walking either through the shopping street where you can snack freshly toasted rice crackers, Japanese street food... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

The place is quite convenient to visit, you should just walk through the shopping street from Kamakura station. The temple is usual, like many others in Japan, though you can visit it if you have free time

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Westwood Los Angeles County, California
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Worth a visit because it's convenient and the walk up to the Shrine was fun for kids with many good eats. Also it's free to get in!

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

We came here to attend the wedding of our English niece to her Japanese fiance. A beautiful temple with so much to see and experience. The wedding was a traditional Shinto ceremony - very moving to watch. There were hawks circling above the shrine and if you climb to the top of the steps you can see right down through... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Sometime it is difficult to appreciate a site when it is crowded with more peoples that you want to see. That was the case here..tourist and students just out of class and multiplying the number. This place was founded in the 12th century by Governor Minamoto Yoritomo. There were a great tree "Gingko" Buddha tree like, but the tree felt... More

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HCMC
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

There's no mind-bogglingly intricate wood carvings or anything, just a beautiful, well preserved, well kept, colorful Shinto shrine some 800+ years old. At the shrine's front, there is a promenade from which you can view the entirety of the complex below. Try to get there early as it can get pretty frenetic when the hoards of tourists arrive in the... More

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