Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangu Shrine

The local shrine of Tsutsujigaoka in Sendai

By Elena Lisina    - 1 min read

Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangu seems to be a typical Shinto shrine, but each shrine is a unique piece of Japanese culture, history and traditions. Hundreds of Tenmangu shrines all over Japan are dedicated to Tenman-Tenjin, the deity of education who was actually a real person. Sugawara no Michizane lived between 845-903 in the Heian Era and was well known as a scholar, a poet and an ambassador. He was unfairly exiled by political rivals, and was later consecrated as the God of Education.

Local students and their parents come to Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangu to pray for successful exams or for good luck when applying to a prestigious school or university. Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangu's buildings are made of wood, some of them traditionally colored in red.

My visit occurred in the evening and I climbed up many stairs to get to the shrine. In the evening darkness came quickly and I enjoyed the view of the illuminated shrine. It definitely added some mystery to the atmosphere of the place!

Getting there

Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangu is located a short 3 minute walk from JR Tsutsujigaoka Station, on the Senseki Line. Alternatively, you can get there by walking about 10 minutes from the East Exit of Sendai Station.

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo! My photos from Japan I also place here: https://gurushots.com/f10384/photos Matane!