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Kamakura's Hanzobo Shrine

Walking in the footsteps of the Avatar Gods

With daylight gradually fading on a late summer`s afternoon, I happened to stumble upon this small hillside shrine located several hundred meters away from Kamakura`s famous Kencho-ji Temple.

Originally built as an adjacent structure to Kencho-ji Temple, this impressive shrine is well worth a visit in its own right, housing an Avatar God along with dozens of Tengu (long nosed goblins), who are believed to bring good fortune to anyone possessing a good soul.

With countless pairs of eyes gazing down upon you, this peaceful shrine can take on a somewhat eerie atmosphere as the crowds disappear when the sun goes down.

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