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Frequent Asked Questions

QI am interested in Japanese style wedding.

A wedding ceremony taken place at a Shinto shrine is called Shinto wedding. At Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, you can hold a Shinto wedding either at Lower Worship Hall or at Wakamiya Shrine.

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QDo I need to pay an entrance fee?

There is no entrance fee. However, an admission fee is required to enter the shrine museum. It is 200 yen for adults, 100 yen for children under 12 and free for those who under 6.

QWhat are the dress rules for shrine visits?

Those wishing to offer prayers should not dress too casually. However, there are no hard and fast rules, and sightseers are welcome to come in casual dress.

QCan I take my pet with me to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu?

We regret that we do not allow pets because they are thought to detract from the sanctity of the shrine precinct. We ask for your understanding and cooperation.

QCan I take pictures in the shrine?

Basically, visitors are free to take pictures of the outside of shrine buildings and of other objects in the shrine precinct. It is prohibited, however, to take pictures inside shrine buildings and especially inside and around the main shrine. You may not take pictures of shrine priests, shrine maidens or other staff. You can take pictures of rituals, but be careful not to disturb the proceedings. The use of tripods (or monopods) is prohibited in the shrine precinct. Tsurgaoka Hachimangu also strictly prohibited to use drones/UAVs over the shrine precinct.

QWhere and when can I observe shrine rituals?

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu calendar of festivals and rituals, featuring dates, starting times and precise locations, is available via the internet on our website. However, some of the rituals are not open to the public or are held inside the main shrine and not visible from the outside of the shrine buildings.

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