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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
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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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Beautiful but crowded Shinto temple complex

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Fredericton, Canada
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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.

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Thank BeautyAndPeace
Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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Thank irvinejohn
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Thank ssdd999
Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Thank Korinirin
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Main temple in Kamakura, which I enjoyed, but was quite crowded. Definitely a place to buy charms, souvenirs and walk around the gardens and pond.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Only 60 steps to the top,...do it! There is plenty of shopping available just outside the shrine area. You can easily spend hours walking the shopping streets!

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Thank Jason F
Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My Kamakura freak friend indicated “doves” in the kanji character of Hachi 八 at the entrance gate. The dove is the symbol of this shrine. As deer for Nara, Fox for Inari, it is dove at Hachimangu. We missed to visit the museum annexed to the shrine, there perhaps we could know further more reason of “dove” for their symbols.

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Thank Beaucaillou
Bristol, Connecticut, Usa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This shrine is located at the end of the main street in Kamakura or the main shopping, pedestrian street (Komachi Street) leading from the train/bus station. As such, there were a lot of people visiting this temple. It is beautiful. Red and gold and all the architectural elements you expect to see in a Japanese shrine. There are some food... More 

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