This shrine is dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane in 1104 (the first year of the Choji era). The shrine was established by Minamoto no Yoritomo at the start of the Kamakura Shogunate rule. However, the present shrine was built in the Muromachi Period and is certified as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.
Tsurugaoka hachimangu was founded in 1063 by Minamoto Yoriyoshi. In 1180, Minamoto Yoritomo, commander-in-chief of the Genji clan and a descendant of Yoriyoshi, moved the shrine to its current site and constracted a magnificent new shrine. Present building of the main shrine was rebuilt in 1828 and well known as a typical Edo period’s architecture, and designated as nationally important cultural prosperity today. Many visitors from all over the world enjoy the historical precinct and seasonal festivals.