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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kamakura

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Welcoming over two million visitors during just one major holiday alone, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine remains one of Japan's most popular religious sites. The complex contains both a Hachiman shrine (blending elements of Shinto and Buddhism) and a Tendai Buddhist temple, with examples of traditional Japanese architecture. The complex once boasted a 1000-year-old ginkgo tree, destroyed in the 2010 typhoon. An old stone stairway still stands as one of the site's major features. Arrange to visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and other attractions in Kamakura using our Kamakura tour planner.
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Given the easy access from Tokyo via a number of public transport options, the vast majority of visitors to Kamakura choose to stay in the capital and head here for a day trip. If you feel there's too much to see in one day, then you'll be pleased to find a decent selection of accommodations in Kamakura itself. Down by the sea sit perhaps the most luxurious of the crop, with sea views high on the list of desires for those who stay here. Follow the river as it snakes inland past the train station, and you'll see a good number of more standard hotels, as well as particularly budget-friendly guesthouses.
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  • Be sure to spend time by the lily ponds. We saw many turtles, heron, carp, and lots of birds we didn't know the names of. A beautiful spot. When you are walking towards the main temple from the street...  more »
  • Walked here from the tourist information centre at the train station. It's a nice temple and I have an opportunity to witness a Japanese wedding there. The temple is beautiful and tranquil.  more »
  • Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is Kamakura's most important shrine. Founded by Minamoto Yoriyoshi in 1063, and enlarged and moved to its current site in 1180 by Minamoto Yoritomo, who was the founder and first...  more »