Yushima Tenjin shrine and plum blossoms in Tokyo!
I’m Nobu, I like traveling overseas and in Japan, visited 25 countries. I’ve got the license of the certificate English guide in Japan for 8 years.
I show you hidden Japan which you have never seen and heard of!
I went to Yushima Tenjin.
This shrine was founded in 458 and enshrined the god of Japanese mythology.
1355, at the request of the people, Michizane Sugawara, who was revered as the god of learning, was enshrined here too.
Sugawara Michizane deity
Michizane was a real-life 9th century scholar who held an important position at the Imperial Court.
However, he was disqualified and died in disappointment.
Michizane was then enshrined by the people as the god of learning , Tenjin, after his death.
It is said that there are 12,000 Tenjin shrines throughout Japan where enshrined Michizane.
As the god of learning, the shrine is always crowded with students who come to ask for help in passing their exams and people who are challenging various examinations.
Since Michizane liked plum blossoms, many shrines have many plum trees planted.
At Yushima Tenjin, too, many plum trees are planted throughout the shrine grounds.
And they have an annual plum festival in every February.
They offer Japanese folk songs, Western music, Japanese dance, and flamenco are dedicated on a stage.
Unfortunately, the festival was cancelled last year and this year due to the COVID-19.
However, nature was the same as usual and we were able to see beautiful plum blossoms.
If you are in Tokyo in February, why don’t you come to Yushima Tenjin to see the plum blossoms?
Yushima Tenjin is a 15 minute subway ride from Tokyo Station to Yushima Station.
Then 3 minute walk from there.
The famous Ueno Park is also only 5 minute walk away, so it is a good idea to visit this shrine in combination with Ueno Park.
How about enjoy Japanese nature and Japanese belief to pass the examination?
I’m Nobu, one heart enjoy together!!!