Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine

Kanagawa, Kanto

Minamoto-no-Yoriyoshi, head of the Genji samurai family, founded Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu in 1063 upon receiving the divine spirit of Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu in Kyoto. The shrine was moved to its present site in 1180 by his descendant, Minamoto-no-Yoritomo, who established the Kamakura shogunate and ruled Japan toward the end of the 12th century. In the shrine grounds stands a monument inscribed with a poem by Minamoto-no-Sanetomo, third shogun of the Kamakura shogunate and also a renowned poet. The large ginkgo tree is said to have concealed Sanetomos nephew right before he assassinated Sanetomo, and is a well-known symbol of Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu.’

Information

Address
2-1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
Admission Fee
Free in the shrine precincts
Notes
[Walk]JR Kamakura Stn./10-min. walk

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