Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine
It was build by Minamoto Yoritomo, who is the founder of Kamakura era, and dedicated to Hachiman, the Shinto god of war who served as the clan deity of the Minamoto family.
The pathway to the shrine is along Wakamiya Oji, a cherry tree-lined pedestrian lane that was also constructed by Yorimoto back in the 1190s so that his oldest son's first visit to the family shrine could be accomplished in style with an elaborate procession
On both sides of the pathway are souvenir and antiques shops selling lacquer-ware(漆器), pottery(陶器), and folk art(民芸品).
As you ascend the 62 steps to the vermilion(朱色)-painted shrine, note the gingko tree (銀杏) to the left that's thought to be about 1,000 years old. This is supposedly the site where Yorimtomo's second son was ambushed and murdered back in 12189; his head was never found. Such stories of murder and betrayal were common in feudal(封建制度) Japan. Fearful that his charismatic brother had designs on the shougunate, Yoritomo banished(流刑) him and ordered him killed. Today, the lotus ponds, arched bridge, pigeons, and bright vermilion sheen of the shrine give little clue to such violent history. The shrine grounds are fee to the public and are always open.