3-33 Sumiyoshi-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, JP, 231-0013
- Phone: (81) 45 650-4711
- Fax: (81) 45 650-4712
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Apr to Sep - 05:00 AM to 08:30 PM,Oct to Mar - 06:00 AM to 08:30 PMDedicated to the Minamoto family's guardian, the god of war, this shrine is believed to date to 1063. Noted for its striking vermilion embellished and lacquered torii arch, the shrine is very different from the Zen temples usually associated with Kamakura. Legend tells us that at one time only the shogun could walk on the Drum Bridge (Taikobashi), the original of which dates to 1182. Other attractions are the very old ginkgo tree near the dancing platform and the lotus-lilied ponds, which rest on former rice fields. It is recommended that visitors acquaint themselves with certain manners particular to Shinto before entering. Another famous sight in Kamakura, the Daibutsu (giant statue of Buddha), is easily accessible from this shrine.