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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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Address: 2-1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakura 248-0005, Kanagawa Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 467-22-0315
6:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 9:30 pm

This important shrine, dating back to 1063, is a popular site for weddings...

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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A must in Kamakura

Visited this shrine with our KWG guide, well explained the path to get there and the history about the lotus lakes, the wedding pavillion, the main shrine. Not much crowded end of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Varese, Italy
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Varese, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited this shrine with our KWG guide, well explained the path to get there and the history about the lotus lakes, the wedding pavillion, the main shrine. Not much crowded end of August, worth a visit.

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Macau, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hachimangu is my least favorite spot in Kamakura. I love the Daibutsuden, and have taken some hikes and enjoyed various shrines and temples. But although this one is important to the Japanese, I think it loses something to visitors. And during the brutal summer months it is a long walk up the stairs to see nothing much. Also, because it... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had the opportunity to visit the shrine with a japanese friend - it is quite good if you get information about propper behaviour in the shrine, there are many rules. For turists it is good to know, that the places, where you have white papers hanging, are sacred and you should not photograph them directly or behave inpropperly.

1 Thank hoskovcova
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is the most important Shinto shrine in Kamakura. It was a great experience to witness Yabusame at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. It is a ritual requiring combined skills of horsemanship and archery. A great place to pay a visit for sure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

July is the season for Lotus flower. We can see two different color of them. So beautiful. The approach to this shrine has been renovated in these days.

Thank BeautyAndPeace
Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

The Hachimangu, or shrine of the deity Hachiman, was founded in about 1180 on the Tsurugaoka, or Stork Hill. It has been the main shrine of Kamakura since then. It is therefore an essential place to visit if you are in the city. I suggest that you approach it along the Wakamiyaoji, the great avenue that runs to the shrine... More 

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Fredericton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

We visited Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine on a wet day which did not help the climb up and especially down the long stairways to the top. The stairs can be slippery, and the long stairs up from the main road do not have a railing so be careful. This complex was both a Shinto and Buddhist shrine as the two religions... More 

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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

Hachimangu is about a 10-15 minute walk from Kamakura station. It is a pleasant stroll slightly uphill through a street flanked by many souvenir and food shops. This is a shrine as evidenced by the Torii gate. I like this shrine since is has a nice circular moon bridge (closed to guests) and is very bright red when compared to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Kamakura is a lovely place to visit, with many shops, restaurants and shrines and temples to visit! We went whilst the Sakura were in bloom, it was busy but extremely beautiful! Definitely a must visit when in kamakura

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Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Very easy access from Kamakura station and one of the biggest shrines in the area. This shrine has huge grounds, and very beautiful gardens at the entrance. You can easily spend a few hours here just looking at things, climbing the stairs and checking out the shrine.

Thank Korinirin

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