The shrine is located in Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, adjacent to the southwest side of Ueno Onshi Park across the road. The official name of the shrine is Yushima Tenmangu Shrine, and it is visited by many students preparing for entrance examinations because it is said to be highly beneficial for academics.

The deities enshrined at the shrine are Ameno-Tajikara-no-Mikoto and Sugawara-no-Mizane-ko who is believed to be a god of success in school, academic achievement, and good fortune.

During Hatsumode (New Year’s visit), the New Year’s Day Festival is held, attracting many visitors, and the queue is long, so please allow plenty of time. About 350,000 people visit the shrine.

From the nearest station, Tokyo Metro Yushima Station is about a 3-minute walk away. It is about a 5-minute walk from Ueno-okachimachi subway station, and about an 8-minute walk from JR Okachimachi station. Parking is available in the surrounding area, but it will be very crowded during the New Year’s holiday, so it is better to use public transportation.

Image Credit: Tokyo Navi via tokyo-park.net archive

 Name Yushima Tenjin
湯島天神
Park Address 3-30-1 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Access (by train)
  • Subway Chiyoda Line Yushima station about 0.5km
  • Subway Ginza Line Ueno-hirokoji station About 0.7 km
  • Subway Oedo Line Ueno-okachimachi station about 0.7 km
  • JR Keihin Tohoku Line/Yamate Line Okachimachi station about 0.8 km
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Image Credit: Tokyo Navi via tokyo-park.net archive

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