I love the Yushima shrine because it’s beautiful, and hosts some of the most stunning seasonal festivals in all of Tokyo. If you’re in Tokyo in March of November, the plum blossom festival and the chrysanthemum festival are really must-see.
The kami-sama at Yushima Tenjin are known for smiling upon students who beg them for good results, so if you know anyone who’s trying to ace their entrance exams, buy an ema here and wish for their success!
In the fall, don’t miss the chrysanthemum festival, where the exhibits never fail to wow and entertain.
Let’s leave through the big torii gate to the right of the main shrine building. We’ll go straight down the long flight of steps with the wiggly handrail, and at the bottom (to the left) we’ll spot a garden that’s actually a musical instrument.
Nearby destinations: Akihabara, Koraku-en Garden, Nezu Shrine, Rikugi-en
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