Exploring Japan: Spring at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu – March 26, 2010

It was early spring, the cherry trees were blooming, and it was a great day to go walking through some of Kamakura’s most famous sites.  This is the first of three parts showing three famous places.  First up is Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, the centre of Kamakura, and the city’s largest shrine.  I started at Wakamiya Oji again and walked up to the shrine, mostly taking pictures of cherry blossoms.  At the shrine, I got to see the aftermath of a bad storm that hit the region on March 10, just 16 days before.  Unfortunately, the famous ginkgo tree that stood next to the stairs leading to the shrine’s main building had fallen.  But all is not lost, the roots were still alive and the tree is growing again.  Enjoy the pictures.

The cherry trees are blooming on Wakamiya Oji.

Cherry blossoms and a beautiful blue sky.

More cherry blossoms along Wakamiya Oji.

A closer look to the cherry blossoms.

Cherry blossoms very up close.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu San no Torii, the great gate at the entrance of the shrine.

This arched bridge could only be used by the Shogun.

There are large ponds at the shrine, and this one has an island. See the heron?

Sadly, the old ginkgo tree that was here was knocked down during a storm on March 10, 2010. This tree is famous for being the hiding spot where Minamoto no Sanetomo was murdered by his nephew.

Here's a section of the tree. This picture was taken only 16 days after it fell.

Here's the remaining stump. Since this picture was taken, the tree has shown that it's still alive and growing.

For Tsurugaoka Hachimangu’s location, please check out this map:

This post is taking part in “Show Me Japan #32.”

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Filed under Japan, Kamakura, Kanagawa, Shrines

6 responses to “Exploring Japan: Spring at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu – March 26, 2010

  1. I was there last June and there was a lot of green growths coming from the gingko stump.

  2. It’s so bloody hot I am missing spring already… Lovely photos!

  3. Love those gates they got a big one near me in Miyajima….just realized you got one in your avatar!

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