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Yushima Tenmangu, Bunkyo

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#17 of 519 in Historic Sites in Tokyo
Monument Religious Site
Pay a visit to Yushima Tenmangu, a Shinto shrine dedicated to Tenjin, the "kami" (spirit) of learning. Established in 458 CE in honor of the kami of strength and sports, the shrine was greatly expanded in 1355 to enshrine Tenjin, thus becoming a place of pilgrimage for scholars and thinkers. Today, prospective students arrive at the shrine to offer "ema" (wooden plaques containing prayers) in the hope that they will pass the entrance exams for the nearby university. The grounds have been dotted with "ume" (plum) trees, because Tenjin was known to be particularly fond of them. Yushima Tenmangu is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Tokyo Edition.
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  • This shrine was originally founded in the fifth century, A.D. before Buddhism came to Japan. Now the shrine has incorporated the spirit of Sugawara no Michizane, who was a scholar in the 9th century i...  more »
  • Today I visited Yushima Tenmangu as recommended by the hotel. The plum blossom is so beautiful and the colors are so picturesque.  more »
  • This is an important temple - currently profiled in TimeOut - Tokyo. Incredibly busy on weekends w tourists and Tokyo locals queuing-up to make a blessing. Hawkers at the entryway are largely cheap fo...  more »