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Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan. Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan.
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare. An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare.
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife. Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife.
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan. Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan.
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara. The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara.
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower. Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower.
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving. Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving.
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky. The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky.
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

History

Kameido Tenjin Shrine 亀戸天神社

A natural draw for scholars, nervous students and flower lovers alike

Kameido Tenjin Shrine is dedicated to the god of scholarship, attracting students of all ages who call on higher powers to help them pass their exams. Bursting with pink plum trees in late winter and purple wisteria in spring, it is no surprise that this shrine was chosen as one of the "100 Famous Views of Edo."

Quick Facts

Kameido Tenjin is known as the "flower shrine"

The shrine is dedicated to ninth-century politician Sugawara-no-Michizane, the god of students

The legendary wisterias here have appeared in many works of art

How to Get There

Although located a modest distance from the closest station, the views are well worth the effort.

The shrine is a 15-minute walk from Kameido Station on the Sobu Line, or a 15-minute walk from Kinshicho Station on the Sobu or Hanzomon lines.

Praying to pass the test

Kameido Tenjin is one of several shrines dedicated to the ninth-century politician Sugawara-no-Michizane, who was deified and renamed Tenjin after his death.

A great poet and scholar, Sugawara is regarded as the patron god of students. For centuries children and anxious parents have been coming to pray at this shrine, hoping for good grades and admission to top universities.

The shrine's main building, gates and elegantly arched red moon bridge were all constructed to resemble Dazaifu Tenman-gu near Fukuoka, one of the major Tenjin shrines in Japan.

Raining down purple flowers

Nicknamed the "flower shrine," the lovely gardens at Kameido Tenjin have made this spot a favorite scene of Japanese artists. Ukiyo-e master Hiroshige included a print of Kameido Tenjin in his "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" series.

The plum festival takes over the grounds from February to mid-March. In addition to admiring the pink and white blossoms, you can also pick up yummy snacks or catch musical performances around the shrine.

From late April to early May, visitors flock to see trellises of violet wisteria flowers bloom around the turtle-filled pond during the shrine's Wisteria Festival.

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