On January 3rd, we went to Kamakura to visit some shrines and a temple. First stop was Tsurugaoka Hachimangu (鶴岡八幡宮). We had planned to get an omikuji (fortune) and a charm for the baby, but things didn’t go as planned.
On our way to the shrine, it was obvious that there were a lot of people that had the same idea as us. We walked down the shopping street a bit, then decided to walk along Wakamiya Oji until we got to the shrine.
The main shopping street in Kamakura was very crowded.
At Wakamiya Oji, plenty of people posed for pictures next to one of the dog statues.
Wakamiya Oji was decorated with lanterns to celebrate the new year.
A close up of an old stone lantern.
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu's San no Torii stands big as always.
The stone bridge that only the shogun was allowed to cross.
Looking pretty crowded, and there are plenty of yatai (food stands). It's like a festival.
Lots of yatai. My wife is in this picture, right of centre.
I waited in line for about 3 minutes. This is how many people were in front of us. Incredible!
At this point, we decided it would take far too long to wait. There were several thousand people at the shrine, and it would probably take a couple hours or so of standing. We had other places to go. So, we decided to leave, and I got a couple of interesting pictures.
Lots of masks with famous characters, including Kitty, Pikachu and Power Rangers. There were many guards and police officers at the shrine.
There were guards dressed in red uniforms anywhere. Very bright. He wasn't posing for me in this picture.
I was surprised about how many guards in red there were. But there were other guards wearing a standard dark blue uniform, as well. We took a little break to have something to eat near one of the exits. Unfortunately, my wife had an incident when I was in the restroom. A little girl pushed her from behind, and when she turned to see who did that, the little girl’s parents were laughing at what she did. My wife got angry at them, but that made them laugh even more. Unbelievably rude! They thought it was funny that their girl pushed a pregnant woman. That soured the mood a bit. Anyway, we decided to move on to our next destination, which I will show in part 3. But first, a parting shot.
We left the shrine through this torii.