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           The Yushima Tenjin Shrine

 

         The Yushima Tenmangu, or better known by people all over the country as Yushima Tenjin, was first built as a Shrine in the year 458 AD in order to worship Ameno-tajikaraono-mikoto, one of the deities in Japanese mythology.

          Ota Dokan, the original founder of Edo Castle and warlord in the Kanto Region, rebuilt it as a Confucian Shrine in October 1478. Since then it has been a place of worship for Confucian Scholars some of whom have been enshrined here.

         

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                    One of these scholars enshrined there was Michizane Sugawara. He was widely admired for his skills as a scholar, which unfortunately also contributed to his downfall. Nevertheless, his skills contributed highly to the fact that the shrine has become the place  for students to pray for success in studies and exams. Thus his spirit has been elevated to that of the Kami (God) of Learning.

Yushima Tenjin, Yushima, Bunkyo, Tokyo

          Especially during the season of school entrance examinations, young students visit to pray for their success of passing examinations, and write their wishes and names on wooden tablets called Ema. Any student in the world who would like to pray here for their personal success is welcome to do this. It however does not absolve them from studying; Michizane Sugawara would not have had it any other way.

 

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           The shrine is also famous for beautiful Ume blossoms (Japanese plum). In February and March, "Ume Matsuri" (Plum festival) is held, and it attracts many visitors.
 

 

 

 

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Yushima Tenjin, Yushima, Bunkyo, Tokyo

                In 1995, the buildings of the shrine were rebuilt with wood according to the to traditional shrine architecture.

Getting there:

2-minute walk from Yushima Sta. on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line/ 5-minute walk from Ueno-Hirokoji Sta. on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / 8-minute-walk from Hongo 3- Chome Sta. on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line/ 8-minute walk from Okachimachi Sta. on the JR Yamanote Line and the Keihin Tohoku Line/ 5-minute walk from Ueno-Okachimachi Sta. A4 exit on the Toei Subway Oedo Line

Admission: Free

 
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