Yakumo Shrine, also called Yakumo Jinja, was established around 1082 by Yoshimitsu Minamoto—a Minamoto clan samurai during the Heian Period—and is believed to be the oldest talismanic shrine in Kamakura. It is located in the Omachi neighborhood and is said to ward off bad luck.
Yoshimitsu Minamoto founded the shrine to help protect the people of Kamakura against the many epidemics that had taken hold of the area. The shrine represented a branch of Gion Shrine (modern day Yasaka Shrine) in Kyoto, which was known for its protection against illnesses. When the severity of Kamakura’s epidemics lessened in 1084, the shrine became a popular spot to repel bad luck.
Today, the shrine is a small, quiet, and off-the-beaten-path spot to pray for good luck. Enjoy the peaceful grounds and be sure to collect a red Goshuin stamp at the shrine’s office to commemorate your visit.
The shrine is about a 10-minute walk from JR Kamakura Station.
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