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Exploring Japan: Wakamiya Oji in Kamakura – January 25, 2010

The city of Kamakura is built around Tsurugaoka Hachimangu and its 1.8 km approach, Wakamiya Oji.  Wakamiya Oji is the main street of the city that runs from the shrine down to Yuigahama Beach.  It was built in 1182 during the Kamakura Period, when Kamakura was the capital of Japan.  It was originally very sacred, with only a privileged few allowed to walk down it.  These days, it’s a very busy street.  Down this stretch of road, there are 3 gates or Torii.  Ichi no Torii (First gate) is the farthest from the shrine.  Ni no Torii (Second gate) is at the entrance of the dankazura, which runs the rest of the way to the shrine.  The dankazura is lined on both sides by cherry trees.  Finally is San no Torii (Third gate), which is at the main entrance of the shrine.  For a full history, please read the Wikipedia entry.

Ni no Torii of the dankazura

This is the Ni no Torii, the second gate on Wakamiya Oji. The second gate is the entrance to the dankazura, which is a pathway lined with cherry trees.

Looking down the dankazura

Here's a view down the dankazura, a bit closer to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu. During late March and early April, these trees are covered by cherry blossoms.

Looking down the dankazura

Almost at the end of the dankazura, San no Torii (third gate) can be seen.

San no Torii at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

This is San no Torii. It's at the main entrance of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu. The main building can be seen in the distance.

In this map, the shrine is at the top, at the northern end of the main road in yellow.  Wakamiya Oji continues southward all the way to the beach.  The area in this map is shown in the above photos.

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