Sep/14 - 16 Great Festival and Yabusame Ritual at Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine 3.6
from 9/14 '20 to 9/16 '20
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
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4.03 months ago
Great place, but visiting on roasting hot mid-august is not a great idea
4.04 months ago
A place you should visit at least once when you come to Kamakura.
The view overlooked from the temple grounds is worth a visit.
The lotus flowers are beautiful in July ✨
5.04 months ago
I can see why this is one of the most visited temples in a city that is filled with temples. The architecture is beautiful and it's really a complex of temples and shrines that shows a fun blend of Budhism and Shintoism.
5.08 months ago
This shrine is beautiful. It's large and has a very large complex it is located on with several other things to see and do and smaller shrines.
The approach to it from one side has a tree-lined sidewalk path that winds through a busy street with tons of shopping and eating and small lion and dragon statues.
It's very pretty, very old, and has a very real sense of calm around the whole place.
5.02 months ago
You get a beautiful view of the city from the top. Majestic.