[Kanto day trip] [Kanagawa Prefecture] Motorcycle trip to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine! Solo trip for nostalgia and good fortune

Hello, I’m _hiroyuki.ta, a moto blogger.

This time, I toured to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture on my favorite Harley Sports Glide (FLSB).


What is Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine?


Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is a shrine founded by Minamoto no Yoritomo, the first shogun of the Kamakura shogunate. It is counted as one of Kamakura’s five famous spots and is known as one of Japan’s leading power spots.

In addition to the main shrine buildings such as the main shrine and the dance hall, the grounds include the Tsuruoka Imperial Palace, a historic site from the Kamakura period, and Bentendo, one of the three major benten temples in Japan.

Route to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach Tsurugaoka Hachimangu from central Tokyo via the Metropolitan Expressway and National Route 1.

The specific route is as follows.

  • From central Tokyo take Shuto Expressway Route 2 towards Yokohama
  • Take the Metropolitan Expressway Kanagawa Route 1 towards Yokohama Station
  • Crossing the Yokohama Bay Bridge on the Shuto Expressway Wangan Line
  • Take National Route 1 towards Kamakura
  • Turn left at Yuigahama intersection and head towards Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Highlights of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine


The highlights of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine can be broadly divided into the following three types.

Main shrine

This is the main shrine building of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. It has been designated as a national treasure and preserves the architectural style of the Kamakura period.


This is the place where Kagura and votive dances are performed during the festivals of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. The floor of the stage remains as it was when it was built in the Kamakura period.

Tsuruoka Imperial Palace

This is an imperial palace built by Minamoto no Yoritomo. It is a good example of the samurai architecture style of the Kamakura period.

Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine motorcycle parking lot

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine has a parking lot for worshipers only, but motorcycles cannot be parked there, so you will have to park in a nearby paid parking lot.

Kamakura paid parking lot

This is an excellent parking lot located right near Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. The fee is a bit high at 500 yen for every two hours, but you can also park large motorcycles, so I think it’s useful when parking.


Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is an attractive shrine that combines history and nature. It is also recommended to enjoy a leisurely visit to the shrine while touring on a motorbike.