Yushima Tenmangu Shrine

Shunchan

Dec 8, 2016

To enjoy a quiet moment, I often visit Yushima Tenmangu Shrine, or Yushima Tenjin Shrine, a Shinto shrine devoted to Sugawara no Michizane, a famous 9th century scholar also known as the God of scholarship. The shrine has a very spiritual atmosphere.

The shrine is near the prestigious University of Tokyo. During examination season, don’t be surprised to find many students coming to the shrine to pray for good results.

I think the shrine is most beautiful during the Japanese apricot festival, which happens from mid-February to mid-March. Imagine the flowers on 300 Japanese apricot trees in full bloom – what a breathtaking sight! I came back to the shrine again at night to admire the trees illuminated in beautiful hues of light. It’s pretty romantic!

If you are visiting Tokyo, plan to visit the shrine during this time and you’ll be in for a visual feast!

湯島天神は、学問の神様で知られる菅原道真公を祀る神社です。

受験シーズンになると多くの日本人が合格祈願に訪れます。近くには日本を代表する大学である東京大学もあります。定期的に行われう、イベント時はとても賑わっていますが、普段は静かなスピリチュアルな神社です。

約300本の梅が植えられており、2月中旬から3月中旬が見ごろとなっています。この時期には湯島天神梅まつりが開催され、夜間もライトアップされとても綺麗です。

とにかくとても綺麗な神社なので、一度訪れてみてください。

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