August 28, 2013

Yushima Tenmangu Shrine, which is also called Yushima Tenjin Shrine, was originally established in 458 in order to worship Ameno-tajikarao-no-mikoto, one of the deities appearing in Kojiki. Later, in 1355, the deified spirit of Sugawara Michizane, or Sugawara no Michizane, was also enshrined.

He was a great scholar, poet and politician in the 9th century, and is now revered as the god of learning. Every year, before the entrance examination season, a lot of students preparing for their entrance examinations come to this shine and pray for their success. Generally, “Tenjin” means Sugawara Michizane.

This shrine is famous for its beautiful blossoms of “Ume (Japanese apricot).” Every February and March, colorful Ume blossoms are in full bloom, and Ume Blossom Festival is held.


DSC01405There are two ox statues in the precinct. Oxen are closely related to Sugawara Michizane, and in Tenmangu shrines, they are regarded as divine messengers. Worshippers stroke these statues gently. If they suffer from a back pain, they stroke the back of the statue, and if they suffer from a leg pain, they stroke the statue’s leg, hoping their physical condition will get better.




Yushima Tenmangu Shrine is located in Bunkyo Ward in Tokyo.

It’s an eight-minute walk from JR Okachimachi Station, and a two-minute walk from Yushima Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Subway Line.

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