Yushima Tenmangu Shrine 湯島天満宮
The shrine of scholars, not far from Tokyo University
Sugawara Michizane was a popular government official in the 9th century famed for his intellectual prowess. He was so impressive that after his death he was deified and worshipped as the god of learning, and is enshrined here in this Tokyo complex.
- Rubbing the bronze cow statue for good luck and good health
- Buying an omamori or lucky charm for someone preparing for a big test
Yushima Tenjin's plum blossoms make a show in February, when 300 trees of nearly two dozen varieties flower
This shrine was originally built in 458 A.D.
How to Get There
The shrine is easy to reach by train.
Yushima Tenmangu is a two-minute walk from exit 3 of Yushima Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line.
If you want to pass that test . . .
Today, students from all over come to Yushima Tenmangu with hopes of passing their school entrance exams. Because of its proximity to the University of Tokyo, the shrine is particularly popular with those facing the elite university's entrance exam.