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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Cemetery

This Shinto cemetery was opened on a lush green hillside adjacent to Otawa, which was once part of the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu.
The idea of the ancestor ritual as commonly practiced has been shaped by ancient beliefs. The tamashii of Japanese people were given by the kami and will return to the kami. The idea that the deceased person's omitama will eventually become an ancestral spirit kami, watching over us in this life, is an inherently Shinto concept.

Guide to the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Cemetery

There are no restrictions, such as religious beliefs, except that the priest must conduct all events in the cemetery. In addition, as the ritual does not require the deceased to change names, there is no need to pay a commandment fee, a sotoba (wooden name plate) fee, or any other fees.

Progressive cemetery

A typical cemetery that will be passed on to the descendants.

Number of cemetery plots
300
Plot area
0.8m²/1.2m²/1.8m²/2.25m²
Ritual fee (perpetual ritual fee)
From 430,000 yen
※Headstone not included.
Offerings (annual maintenance fee)
From 9,000 yen

Reihouden (Collective grave)

The burnt bones are buried together. Those who do not have anyone to inherit their grave or those who are single can bury their ashes on the altar in the Reihouden Hall without a headstone.

Number of plots in the cemetery
500
Ritual fee (perpetual ritual fee)
From 500,000 yen
Offerings (annual maintenance fee)
From 9,000 yen

Reihouden (Joint grave)

In the joint grave, the burnt bones are placed in the inner part of the Reihouden.
The joint grave is suitable for those who do not have anyone to inherit their grave or those who are single and is managed by Tsurugaoka Hachimangu.

Number of Cemetery Plots
1
Ritual fee (perpetual ritual fee)
From 300,000 yen
Offering fee (annual maintenance fee)
None

Ancestral Shrine Maintenance Association

Ancestors' omitama will be enshrined at the Ancestral Shrine, located on the grounds of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu. The Ancestral Shrine is operated by the Ancestral Shrine Maintenance Association, which is operated by the family members of the deceased.
In addition to the regular rituals held in the spring and fall, the Ancestral Shrine also hosts mitama rituals (rituals to commemorate the deceased, such as on the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 10th anniversaries) upon the request of the family.

Membership fee per year (3,000 yen or more)

Ancestral Shrine Maintenance Association
※Please feel free to contact us by email to request information, schedule a tour, or ask questions.

E-mail:international-affairs@hachimngu.or.jp

Access

For those coming by car

After the Kinugasa Exit on Yokohama Yokosuka Road, it takes approximately five minutes drive on Otawa Road.

For those coming by train or bus

Go to JR Yokosuka Station or Keihin Kyuko Yokosuka Central Station.
Take a Keikyu bus bound for Misakiguchi Station Yuki or Yokosuka Shimin Byoin.
Get off at Buzan bus stop and it is approximately 18 minutes walk from there.