Goryo Shrine 御霊神社

About Goryo Shrine

Goryo Shrine in Kamakura is a shrine dedicated to Kamakura Gongoro Kagemasa, a warrior who played an active role in the battles of the late Heian period. It is affectionately referred to as “Gongoro-sama” by the locals. Originally, this shrine was known as Goryo Shrine, dedicated to five ancestral spirits, including Kamakura Kesemasa, a samurai from the Heian period. However, later on, the enshrined deity was consolidated to only include Gongoro Kagemasa, and the shrine came to be called Goryo Shrine. It is said that Goryo Shrines are dedicated to protecting ancestral spirits and warding off vengeful spirits in various locations. Considering the spread of Goryo faith and the regional development by the Kamakura clan, it is estimated to have been established in the late Heian period. As for events, the “Menkake Procession” held on September 18th is a tradition where ten people wearing grotesque masks stored in the shrine’s treasure house parade through the town.

Location: 4-9 Sakanoshita, Kamakura City
-By foot: 27 minutes from JR Kamakura Station
-By Enoden Line: 5 minutes from Hase Station

Hours: 9:00-17:00 (Treasure House)
Admission Fee: 100 yen for adults, 50 yen for children (Treasure House)
Toilets: None


・Nearby Shrines, Temples, and Other Attractions

Hase-dera 長谷寺(8-minute walk)
Gokuraku-ji 極楽寺(8-minute walk)


・Cafes and restaurants around Goryo Shrine

<< Southwest area of Kamakura