[ “Tsurugaoka Hachimangu” @ Kamakura]

the stairs of the stone to go Hongu

“Tsurugaoka Hachimangu” shrine is located in Kamakura. In Kamakura, there are a lot of famous historical places. “Tsurugaoka Hachimangu” is the most popular place in them.
It was build by ”Minamoto Yoritomo”, who is the founder of Kamakura era. The Hachiman God is regarded as the protector God of the warrior class “samurai”.

The current main shrine “Hongu” was constructed in 1828. It is a typical of Edo shrine architecture. The “Wakamiya” shrine was restored in 1624. “Hongu” and “Wakamiya” are designated as nationally important cultural properties.
You go up the stairs of the stone to go “Hongu”. It’s steep stairs, so you must be careful about your steps!

In “Tsurugaoka Hachimangu”, Shinto wedding ceremony is held frequentry. It is the Japanese style wedding ceremony which announces a couple’s marriage to the God. If yor are lucky lady, you may see Shinto wedding ceremony at “Shimo-haiden” (Lower Worship Hall)!

You may draw the fortune slip “Hato-Mikuji” (200yen). Inside “Hato-Mikuji”, there are a fortune slip and a dove-shaped “Omamori” (lucky charm). There are seven colors it. You look forward to drawing what color appears!

[ Information ] “Tsurugaoka Hachimangu”
April ~ September 5:00am – 8:30pm (gate closes at 9:00pm)
October ~ March  6:00am – 8:30pm (gate closes at 9:00pm)
January 1-3 Open 24 hours
■Admission Fees: Free
2-1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakura, Kanagawa
■TEL: +81-467-22-0315
■URL: http://www.tsurugaoka-hachimangu.jp/
■Email: international-affairs@hachimangu.or.jp
about 10-15 minutes walk from the JR “Kamakura station”
From “Tokyo Station” to “Kamakura station”: 55 min by JR Yokosuka line

Hongu  Shinto wedding ceremony at Shimohaiden Tsurugaoka Hachimangu a dove-shaped Omamori (lucky charm)