Spot in Central Tokyo

Yushima-Tenjin (Yushima-Tenmangu) [湯島天神 (湯島天満宮)]

Entrance of Yushima-Tenjin
Entrance of Yushima-Tenjin

Main shrine of Yushima-Tenjin
Main shrine of Yushima-Tenjin

Yushima-Tenjin is a Shinto shrine located about 0.3 km southwest of Shinobazu pond.
There is the Former Iwasaki Mansion to the north of this shrine.

"Yushima-Tenjin" is a popular name, and the formal name is Yushima-Tenmangu.

It is said that this shrine was founded in 458.

In 1355, Sugawara Michizane (845-903) was enshrined here by the petition from the people.
He was a scholar of literature and a poet in the 9th century, and they have called him "the god of learning" since a long time ago.

After Tokugawa Ieyasu became Shogun and established Edo government in Tokyo around the early 17th century, this shrine was revered by Tokugawa Family.

Many Ema (votive horse tablets) praying for success in entrance examinations by students
Many Ema (votive horse tablets) praying for
success in entrance examinations by students

Ume blossoms in Yushima-Tenjin
Ume blossoms in Yushima-Tenjin

Because of the god of learning, many students taking entrance examinations visit here from autumn to winter.
(In Japan, entrance examinations to the high school, university, etc. are held between late January and the middle of March.)

In this precincts, there are a lot of ume (Japanese apricot) trees, and they produce white blossoms from February to March.

How to get here

  • About 700 meters walk from Okachimachi station (JR Yamanote or Keihin-Tohoku Line)
  • Nearest stations of subway.
    Yushima (C13 Chiyoda Line)
    Ueno-Okachimachi (E09 Ooedo Line)
    Ueno-Hirokoji (G15 Ginza Line)

Other Tourist Attractions in Tokyo Metropolis (Special Wards)

Akihabara Kanda & Ochanomizu Nikorai-do Yushima Seido Kanda Myojin Ameya Yokocho Ueno Former Iwasaki Mansion & Garden Yanaka, Nezu, Sendagi

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