Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
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6:00 AM - 9:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 9:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 9:30 PM
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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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  • JLlovetravel
    Phoenix, Arizona219 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's nice but did not stand out to me.
    It is right in the middle of the city, so you "kind of" have to see it. It's nice but I enjoyed Hasedera really much more. But it's still worth going. Spend time exploring the surrounding areas as well. The main street leading to the train station is lined with little shops. I would combine the visit to this temple with other attractions.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 July 2023
  • J&S_Singapore
    Singapore, Singapore5,282 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    our trip to 鶴岡八幡宮
    Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is Kamakura's most important shrine. The shrine is reached via a long, wide approach that leads from the multiple torii gates along the way. We took the JR Yokosuka Line from Tokyo for about an hour. While Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is a 10-minute walk from JR Kamakura Station all of us will spend 30 mins or more, and that's due to the large crowd and busy 鎌倉小町通 Street that draws our attention away (see separate Review). Dedicated to Hachiman, the family’s patron god, the whole Shrine grounds feature a stage, a main hall with a terrace, even a museum and some secondary shrines. Flanking the main approach to the shrine are two ponds. One pond represents the Minamoto Clan and has three islands, while the other represents the Taira Clan, the Minamoto's arch rivals, and has four islands, as the number four can be pronounced the same as "death" in Japanese. A garden, known for its peonies, surrounds the Minamoto Pond halfway. During April's cherry blossoms it’s not hard to miss; a cherry blossom-lined pathway leading through the city center, you will be led straight to its main Torri Gate! The main hall (Hongu or Jogu) stands on a terrace at the top of a wide stairway. The main hall includes a small museum, which displays various treasures owned by the shrine, such as swords, masks and documents. Not to be missed is the Maiden dancing stage at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine which is often used for ceremonies. Various events are held at the shrine throughout the year but in December when we were here, we just missed them We were here on a Sunday noon time and the crowd was large, challenging to get nice photoshoots. Popular souvenirs among tourists from the shrine include charms for good luck, happiness, or longevity as well as amulets. We spent an hour or so and left the wonderful place, via the same route we came.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 January 2024
  • Jeff K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2,192 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointing
    I know it’s important from a historical perspective but I didn’t like the temple. It’s a large and the buildings are decent but the whole place seems geared to selling you wishes. I found it very tacky. My wife and I enjoyed the walk through the town but the temple was a major let-down for us. We felt that the Hasa-dera Temple in Hase was vastly superior.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 March 2024
  • chowso
    Gloucester, United Kingdom1,758 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Too crowded to enjoy
    This was definitely the least favourite shrine of our Kamakura trip. There were masses of people there and it didn't feel very tranquil with bus loads of people coming up the steps. It didn't stand our in terms of the buildings, but for religious reasons you might get a lot more out of visiting than we did. The ponds at the bottom are nice however.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 April 2024
  • Mellie2013
    Port Moody, Canada2,954 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our #3 in Kamakura
    Amazing Shrine perched high above the plaza. What was occurring in the lower plaza Shrine...a wedding. So traditional, beautiful and auspicious. We arrived after 1pm. The area was full of tourists and wedding participants. The stairs leading to the Shrine are steep and I would think slick in the rain. Stair wardens stop everyone from taking selfies for safety. It was quite a walk along the Cherry blossom filled boulevard to this area. Worth viewing once. We enjoyed both the Hasedara Temple and/or the Great Buddha more. Would rate this as #3 on our to do list.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 April 2024
  • chasingtheskies
    Palmdale, California108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another must-see while here!
    It's been a good few years since I last visited but it's still just as lovely as how I last remember it! It's a pleasant tree-lined walk from the Kamakura JR/Enoden Station though we missed the cherry blossoms by a couple weeks so I can only imagine how much more beautiful it may have been! I did manage to collect another goshuin/seal stamp here thanks to the pleasant shrine staff. Of course, this place was no exception to the resurgence of tourism in Japan so do prepare accordingly for crowds especially later in the day. That said, I know it goes without saying in a lot of major tourist sights in Japan do please keep in mind that this is a place of worship and please be considerate to the religious visitors and fellow tourists especially when trying to take photos! It was quite the experience to dodge folks suddenly stop to take a shot.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 May 2024
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David N
Boston, MA190 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
By no means the largest or nicest shinto shrine you can visit in Japan, but very historically important, and offers wonderful views of the city on a clear day. Easy access (central location in the city, lovely tree-lined approach) . Just be prepared for lots of stairs!
Written 3 June 2022
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GintamaZ
California2,790 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We went on the third of January near a he new year.

It was crowded beyond belief.

Everyone is heading towards the shrine and to worship for the auspicious luck of a new year?

The stores walking toward the shrine has a myriad of food stalls and souvenirs shops. And a Ghibli store too!
Written 12 January 2020
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Shaun1965
Oxenford, Australia48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
The walk from the station is a long mall of shops and restaurants, we happily walked along following many people in national dress. On arrival at the shrines the photo ops were everywhere, from red bridges to beautiful wooden buildings and tori gates. There were many family’s and couples in national dress, although my Japanese is very very rudimentary, I was able to ask and get agreement for some fantastic photos and portraits. I only wish I had got details to be able to share them with the models. On the day we visited there was also a traditional wedding with guests in traditional and western clothes. A great place to visit.
Written 21 February 2020
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Gregg M
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
During our visit to Kamakura we visited the Traditional Shrine . It was a beautiful park like environment with the large shrine at the top and a much smaller shrine building at the base of the staircase. So many weddings were being performed at the smaller building. It was beautiful to watch the cermonies taking place. A must see attraction.
Written 11 March 2020
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,758 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This was definitely the least favourite shrine of our Kamakura trip. There were masses of people there and it didn't feel very tranquil with bus loads of people coming up the steps. It didn't stand our in terms of the buildings, but for religious reasons you might get a lot more out of visiting than we did. The ponds at the bottom are nice however.
Written 29 April 2024
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Andrew K
Zushi, Japan202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
This beautiful shrine and extensive grounds are a must see part of any visit to Kamakura. I live locally and have been here many times, but it still has a magic to it. About 10 minutes walk from the main station the history hits you full in the face as you traverse the main road towards this impressive shrine.
Written 24 September 2020
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Mellie2013
Port Moody, Canada2,954 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Amazing Shrine perched high above the plaza. What was occurring in the lower plaza Shrine...a wedding. So traditional, beautiful and auspicious.

We arrived after 1pm. The area was full of tourists and wedding participants. The stairs leading to the Shrine are steep and I would think slick in the rain. Stair wardens stop everyone from taking selfies for safety.

It was quite a walk along the Cherry blossom filled boulevard to this area. Worth viewing once. We enjoyed both the Hasedara Temple and/or the Great Buddha more. Would rate this as #3 on our to do list.
Written 30 April 2024
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JLlovetravel
Phoenix, AZ219 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
It is right in the middle of the city, so you "kind of" have to see it. It's nice but I enjoyed Hasedera really much more. But it's still worth going. Spend time exploring the surrounding areas as well. The main street leading to the train station is lined with little shops. I would combine the visit to this temple with other attractions.
Written 20 July 2023
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chasingtheskies
Palmdale, CA108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
It's been a good few years since I last visited but it's still just as lovely as how I last remember it!

It's a pleasant tree-lined walk from the Kamakura JR/Enoden Station though we missed the cherry blossoms by a couple weeks so I can only imagine how much more beautiful it may have been! I did manage to collect another goshuin/seal stamp here thanks to the pleasant shrine staff. Of course, this place was no exception to the resurgence of tourism in Japan so do prepare accordingly for crowds especially later in the day.

That said, I know it goes without saying in a lot of major tourist sights in Japan do please keep in mind that this is a place of worship and please be considerate to the religious visitors and fellow tourists especially when trying to take photos! It was quite the experience to dodge folks suddenly stop to take a shot.
Written 8 May 2024
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dyhx
Singapore6,099 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Huge compound surrounded by a few gardens, long flight of stairs to the top but can't go into the temple itself so it's just walking around on the outside. There's also a Maruyama Inari Shrine behind. As I was leaving, I saw some cart stalls set up along the long walk way towards the temple, selling food. I imagine this place to be rather crowded later in the day, am glad I made it there early, for a quiet and peaceful walk through. 
Written 4 May 2023
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