Yushima Tenman-gu Shrine

Tokyo, Kanto

Yushima Tenman-gu is located in Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo. The shrine is thought to have been founded in 458, and later, in 1355, enshrined the spirit of Sugawara Michizane, who had been banished from Kyoto to Kyushu and died in disgrace. The shrine received powerful protection from the 17th century onward in particular, when Japan was governed by the shogunate based in Edo (present Tokyo). An eminent scholar and calligrapher, Sugawara Michizane was worshipped as a god of learning, bring a constant stream of visitors with scholarly or literary hopes to the shrine. Even now, many students visit the shrine seeking blessings for their success in entrance examinations.


3-30-1 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Admission Fee
Houmotsu-den (Treasury Hall): 500 yen (regular fee)
JR Tokyo Stn./8-min. walk/Toei Subway Otemachi Stn./Eidan Subway Chiyoda Line/4-min. ride/Yushima Stn./10-min. walk

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