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TsurugaokaHachiman-gu Shrine    Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture

The TsurugaokaHachiman-gu Shrine is dedicated to Hachiman, the god of war. The shrine was originally built by the sea in 1063, but was moved to its current location in 1191. Most of the current buildings date to 1828 after a fire destroyed much of the shrine. The red buildings are beloved for its beautiful setting, but also for the historical significance to Japanese. Nearby is a huge ginkgo tree, which was where the son of Yoritomo was assassinated in 1219. There is also a dance stage which is a replica of the one used by Shizuka in the 12th century, the love of MinamotoYoshitsune, Japan's ill-fated hero. To the east of the shrine is the National Treasure Museum which houses Kamakura's historic temple treasures and Buddhist artworks.



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