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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 #7 of 83 attractions in Kamakura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Wichita, Kansas
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89 reviews 89 reviews
25 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This was a very worthwhile trip from Tokyo. The shrine is impressive and the passage up to the shrine is marked by an array of lanterns that have been decorated by Japanese celebrities. Over to one side, close to the shrine, is an impressive array of barrels containing the saki like wines used in the celebrations at the shrine;these barrels... More

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Hayama-machi, Japan
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27 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Less than 10 minutes walk from Kamakura station, this Shinto shrine built by Shogun, Yoritomo Minamoto, is the main shrine representing the Kamakura era. Before you get there, you go through the approach among cherry blossom trees that bloom beautifully in spring (end of March to beginning April). When you get there, there is the famous stone-made bridge, “Taikobashi”, meaning... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
31 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This Shinto shrine is in many ways the centre of Kamakura. It is approached through 3 large gates, starting down in the city and along an avenue of trees. You can also walk here along pleasant pedestrian shopping street from the station. The main shrine has a small museum at the side, you pay a few hundred yen to enter.... More

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Homestead, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I went during cherry blossom season and went down the famous walk way that leads to the shrine. This place is huge and I love it because it is separated by many mini trails that take you to different parts of the property, and straight ahead is the shrine itself. It was a wonderful experience.

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Kamakura, Japan
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10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The main hall is relatively new (19th century) but the history of this famous Shinto shrine dates back to the 11th and 12th century and is deeply related to the founder of Kamakura era, Yoritomo Minamoto. If you're lucky, you can watch a traditional wedding ceremony on the replica of the old dance stage, at the bottom of the stairs... More

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Lynnwood, Washington
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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53 helpful votes 53 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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74 helpful votes 74 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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15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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7 helpful votes 7 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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