Tsurugaoka Hachimanguu

Tsurugaoka Hachimanguu shrine (Japan)

Tsurugaoka Hachimanguu
Tsurugaoka Hachimanguu shrine. Home to museums, archery and horse archery and of course – festivals. © Sam 2011


Tsurugaoka Hachimanguu (鶴岡八幡宮) is in Kamakura city in Kanagawa Prefecture (its’ capital city is Yokohama). It’s in the Greater Area of Tokyo, around 1 hour of a train ride from Tokyo.


16th September 2011. The day of yabusame (horse archery) festival.

What else?

  • Other Buddhist temple and Shinto shrines in Kamakura.
  • Well known, and a short ride of a train from the city is the Great Buddha, Daibutsu of Kamakura (Hase Station).
  • Beautiful Enoshima island (by Enoden train).


  1. Don’t forget the Hasedera Temple …that was absolutely a must see if going to Kamakura.

    1. First of all I really hate the “must see” or whatever other “must do” can it be.

      When I was in Kamakura, I didn’t go to Hasedera. For me a “must see” at that time was yabusame (archery on horseback) festival, nothing else. Even Daibutsu was an extra. I went to Kamakura just for the festival, nothing else.

      The Gods still haven’t punished me for not visiting Kannon while I was in Kamakura, so I think it’s not obligatory to go see her. I think that since I paid respect to Hachiman, he backed me up. And Kannon is merciful God . 😉

      1. Oh you were there for the festival, we are hoping to go see that next time it’s going on, we missed the last one. My husband really wants to see it.

        lol “must see” for me is just an expression to say it was a great find there. It’s not obligatory by any means and of course I didn’t mean it that way, didn’t mean anything derogatory by the phrase.

        1. It was great to see, I’ll surely post a video from it, one day.

          Thanks for the explanation. I think it’s the cultural thing, I know “must” can be an invitation to do something pleasant, but it still puts me off with the “obligation” thing. And “must” is rather about personal things, unlike “have to”. Which would be going too far in this example anyway. 😉 My point of view: I think that “must see etc.” and “paradise” etc. are generally overused by people and are meaningless. Depending on the interests, “must see” is something different for everybody. I think it’s better to “recommend” something, and back it up with some reasons. I’d write “My top 5 recommendations in Japan” not “The 5 must see places in Japan”. I feel that “recommendation” is more positive than “must” and it’s more person-oriented than some kind of “necessity”. When you recommend, you enjoyed it and selected for some kind of reason, not like you did something because you had to.
          I’ll also rather read recommendations, than must see posts.

          1. You make a good point, I could use better words.

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