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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine / Kamakura Kanagawa

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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is placed at the center of Kamakura city.
Originally, this shrine was established ad the tutelary shrine of Minamoto clan in the end of Heian period.
Then, Minamoto Yoritomo rebuilt this shrine at the present site in 1180.
As Yoritomo strengthened the foundation of his new government, he added and repaired the facilities of the shrine.
The main street Dankazura was constructed for the prayer for his wife Masako’s safe delivery of their first child.
There are many important cultural assets remaining, and various rituals and ceremonies are held throughout seasons.


[Hongu(The Main Shrine)]
This is a typical Edo style architecture, and it was rebuilt in 1828 by Ienari Tokugawa, the 11th shogun of Tokugawa Shogunate.
The exterior was decorated with beautiful curving and painting.


[Wakamiya(The Secondary Shrine)]
This shrine was also built in a typical Edo style.
It was rebuilt in 1624 by Hidetada Tokugawa, the 2nd shogun of Tokugawa Shogunate.


[Maiden(The Lower Worship Hall)]
Throughout a year, various rituals are held here.
It was built on the site of the corridor of Wakamiya where the legendary famous dancer Shizuka Gozen dedicated her dance.



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