Sep/14 - 16 Great Festival and Yabusame Ritual at Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine 3.6
from 9/14 '19 to 9/16 '19
Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine is the most important Shinto shrine in the city of Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture.
The Annual Major Festival of Tsuruoka Hachimangu lasts three days from 14th to 16th September.
During the festival period, various rituals and events are scheduled.
14th on Sep.
- Hamaori-shiki ( Purification at the Coast Ritual ) at 4:30am ~
Before starting the Annual Ritual, priest go to the sea, and hold a purification ritual in the sea. Then they bring seaweed to the shrine as proof of purificiation. The seaweed is hung on all the gates in the shrine.
- Yoimiya-sai (Evening Ceremony) at 6:00pm ~
This is a ceremony to announce the god to take place the grand ritual on the following day.
15th on Sep.
- Reitai-sai (Main Annual Rite) at 10:00am~
Emissaries from the Association of Shinto Shrines bring offerings. This ritual is conducted by the Chief Priest, and priests, shrine maidens, and 8 local girls also participate.
- Shinko-sai (Portable Shrine Procession) at 1:00pm~
This is a parade accompanying three portable shrines, priests, horses, and musicians. The length of the parade is several hundred meters, and a total of numbers is about 250 people. At the second Torii gate, the dance called Yaotomeno-mai dedicated by 8 girls.
-Yabusame-shinji (Yabusame horseback archery ritual) at 1:00pm~ *main highlight of the festival
Yabusame originated in middle of 6th century as a Shinto ritual in which horseback riders shoot arrows at wooden targets set up in the shrine precincts. Today there are various styles and manners of Yabusame inherited by different shrines and particular families. It was common in the ancient past that the result of Yabusame depended on the number of targets successfully hit. Fragments of the targets were used to tell fortunes. The target and arrows used in successful shots were kept as amulets.
- Suzumushi-Hojosai (Releasing Bell Crickets)
This is a ritual of releasing bell crickets dedicated to the god during the Main Annual Rites. After the dedication of music and dance by Shinto priests and maidens, they release bell crickets in the precinct.
Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine
Address: 2-1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Access: about a 15-min walk from Kamakura Station
Airport/Sta.Kamakura sta. (about 1km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.0in the last week
Incredible Shinto shrine, which is actually running. One of a few places, where you can actually see rituals being performed. Also has an incredible architecture. I recommend going inside, there is a museum part, where you can get to know, how this architecture is actually built. Sometimes locals might help you and explain rituals being performed in front of you, if you lucky enough to find English-speaking person around. Even if you don't - it is still worth visiting. It's a rear find anything of these magnificence.
5.02 weeks ago
Over 700 years of history dating to the Kamakura period. Large Shinto shrine with beautiful grounds. Prized seasonal flowers bloom at the beginning of March. Cherry blossom viewing here is amazing. Food stands have uniquely Japanese treats. New Year's Eve is an experience not to be missed.
5.0in the last week
It is a massive location full of beautiful trees and stunning gardens. However, it is a hike. So if you want some exercise and a Sinto shrine, this is a fantastic place. But if you want some adorable local shops, head one street to the west and you will have a mile and a half of wonderful things to do and see.
5.0a month ago
We visit it when golden week and it seems there was a festival there. Some of archers line up and show their skill. There are also a castle, food stores, souvenirs stores, and some beautiful and nice flowers park.
5.02 months ago
Lovely weather during visit. The place itself has a lot to offer. A street full of tourist friendly shops on your way in too. If you want to know a little bit more about the Genpei war this will be a good spot on your list