Sugawara Michizane was a popular government official in the ninth 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.
Yushima Tenjin's plum blossoms make a show in February, when 300 trees of nearly two dozen varieties here flower
This shrine was originally built in 458 A.D.
The shrine is easy to reach by train from Yushima Station.
Yushima Tenmangu is a two-minute walk from exit 3 of Yushima Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line.
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.