Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū

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Kamakura , Japan
2-1-31 Yukinoshita
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Kamakura's most important shrine is, naturally, dedicated to Hachiman, the god of war. Minamoto Yoritomo himself ordered its construction in 1191 and designed the pine-flanked central promenade that leads to the coast. The sprawling grounds are ripe with historical symbolism: the Gempei Pond, bisected by bridges, is said to depict the rift between the Minamoto (Genji) and Taira (Heike) clans.

Behind the pond is the Kamakura National Treasure Museum , housing remarkable Buddhist sculptures from the 12th to 16th centuries.