Kamakura Hiking Trails part 1: Gionyama Hiking Course / Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Kamakura is surrounded by the ocean in the south and by wooded hills in all other directions. Attractive hiking trails lead through the woods along these hills and connect Kamakura’s numerous temples and shrines.

I started in the morning at the railway station and made my way to Myohon-ji Temple and the nearby Yakumo Shrine, where the Gionyama Hiking Course starts. The trail ends not very far east of the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, which I visited next. I then walked on the road until Zuisen-ji Temple, stopping on the way at Egara Tenjin Shrine and Kamakura-gu Shrine. The Tenen Hiking Course (which I already did in the other direction) starts there. This will be for Part 2.

Above, gate to Myohon-ji Temple.

Above, statue of Nichiren.

Above, Yakumo Shrine.

Above, the Gionyama Hiking Course starts on the right of the torii.

Above, squirrel.

Above, alley to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. They were decorated with lanterns for the Kamakura Festival.

Above, ginkgo-shaped ema.

Above, sacred ginkgo tree.

Above, lost turtle.

Above, Hata-age Benzaiten sub-shrine.

Above, on my way to Zuisen-ji Temple.

Above, stairs to Egara Tenjin Shrine.

Above, a statue of a brush: the E-hude-zuka.  It is covered with kappa etched by manga-ka, who come to the shrine to retire their brushes.

Above, Doraemon kappa.

Above, torii to Kamakura-gu Shrine.

Above, flower garden inside Zuisen-ji Temple.

Above, meditation place inside Zuisen-ji Temple.

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