Kamakura – Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine

Posted by | May 09, 2013 | Travel Photography | 5 Comments
Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Our very first trip to the historical city of Kamakura. I’ve decided to share the day it in two parts because of the large amount of photos I took.

Anson being in the Navy, and I a Navy wife, we were required to attend a week long orientation when we first arrived here in Japan. Overall we did get some good information from it, though there were certainly a fair share of boring and useless parts to it. At the end of the week is a day “field trip” to Kamakura. I’m not a fan of touring with big groups. We don’t travel with tour buses and like to avoid the large guided tours touristy places offer. So despite the lack of western faces in my photos we were with about 70 or so Navy sailors and some spouses.

First stop outside the Yokosuka Navy base was at the train station. We already have traveled to Tokyo and back via train but for most this was their first time using public transportation.

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Once off the train in Kamakura the group split up for lunch. We found a little local restaurant. Here we learned a very important lesson. The thin, flaky things on a dish are in fact dried fish flakes. Very strong fish flakes. Don’t order it if you don’t like fishy fish!

Back at the station I found this woman with her birds. She was feeding them and fanning them to keep them cool.

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Also near the train station where several of these carts where you could hire a guy to pull you around the block.

Below the beginning of the walk to the Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū Shrine. The path begins wider and slowly narrows as you near. I think we passed under 2 torii gates in all to get here.

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

The first torii gate and a smiling lion. Blow the last torii gate before the shrine.

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com
Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Some ladies all dressed up in kimonos. At this point I hadn’t seen to many dressed like this.

Below, walking toward the shrine entrance. There was a surprisingly large number of school kids here also on field trips.

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Below, just to the side of the shrine is a smaller shrine. Look at how many gates it has to get to it!

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com


Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Looking back up the path at two Shinto priests with their flowing pants.

Kamakura Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine | NaomiVanDoren.com

Leaving we paused at the gardens.

To be continued! Next, “The Great Buddha” Kotoku-in.

5 Comments

  • Aunt Rachel says:

    You know I always enjoy your photos, whatever the subject matter. These are beautiful and it is fun to see glimpses of this grat experience you are having. Thank you for sharing them with us!

  • So cool! I was thinking of visiting a temple here in Hawaii later today. I went last year, but I didn’t have my cool new camera then! It’s a scaled down copy of one in Japan, but it is an active temple, which is kind of cool. I’ve already sent a link to my sister because I’m sure she/her boyfriend will enjoy looking at these. I’m glad you managed to get cool shots, in spite of being in such a big group. It would drive me crazy to be in such a cool place with a huge crowd of Navy people. I’m really not big on tour groups, either.

  • [...] of our day trip was thankfully without the flock of Navy westerners. We parted ways after visiting the shrine and so with quite a bit of daylight left Anson and I decided to see Daibutsu (the Big Buddha). To [...]

  • vivian raines says:

    Have you ever see such beautiful carving work both in teak, other woods and stone which seem to be everywhere. The details of the old stone carving are amazing considering all the years that have passed. Love the delightful colors and writings on banners that catch every little breeze. The shaded, quiet bike lane photo portrays a sense of a peaceful ride and a peaceful day. I know there are tourists everywhere but we often took tours to learn to what was interesting and then went back on our own during the more quiet times of day. Love you photography and LOVE YOU and that Anson Granny V

  • vivian raines says:

    Little more time this morning so taking another look The stone steps with little leaves at the back was interesting almost like someone had swept the steps but missed a little ones with the tint of orange color.The white robed monks make it perfect. The red maple out over the water with other shades of green foliage and the sunshine in patches and the shadows in the water is another serene scene for me. Alway thought the curved tips of the roof was a great idea – send the bad demons right back where they came from. WE enjoy your eyes on world especially the plays of sun and shadow.
    Hugs Granny V

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Stay up to date Join the Mailing List