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Kameido Tenjin Shrine

Let the scent of wisteria take you back in time.

  • 2019: Kameido Tenjin Shrine Wisteria Festival April 14 - May 6.
For weeping wisteria in the spring and plum blossoms to brighten up your winter, this beautiful shrine in downtown Tokyo is a must-visit.

Built in 1661, Kameido Tenjin Shrine is located in Tokyo’s Koto Ward in a sleepy, downtown area known as shitamachi (traditional area). The shrine is an integral part of local life, and if you’re lucky enough, you might catch a Japanese wedding ceremony or blessings of pregnant women and newborns being performed there.

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Photo by: Manish Prabhune This is probably the No. 1 spot to go see wisteria in the spring/early summer.

The shrine, with its signature red bridge and scenic seasonal flowers, is also a place of worship for the Shinto god of learning. There are three bridges that lead to the main shrine. The bridges are said to represent life, with the onnabashi, literally translating to woman’s bridge, otokobashi (men’s bridge) and Hirabashi. The picturesque bridges represent the future, past and present, respectively.

Seasonal festivals and flowers

Visit in winter, and you will see Japanese students braving the cold and feverishly writing on ema (wish boards), eager to ace their entrance exams and get accepted to their school of choice. Wish them a heartfelt “Ganbatte!” (“Good luck!”) to lift their spirits.

Visit in summer for Reitaisai, the main festival of the shrine held in late August every four years.

Photo by: Hotel Asia Center Storybook type scenery!

Kameido Tenjin Shrine is hidden on a tiny side street marked by red pillars. You won’t be able to appreciate its size until after you’ve ascended its staircase. Within the shrine grounds is a large pond connected by two rounded bridges, known as taiko bashi.

The kame in Kameido means turtle in Japanese, and you will see plenty of them sunbathing in the shrine’s pond. The pond itself is accented by two taiko bashi bridges. Stand on top of the bridge and take in the shrine’s architecture and wisteria trellises.

Kameido Shrine

Photo by: Manish Prabhune Kameido Shrine’s beautiful plum blossoms.

A picturesque temple with stunning views of Tokyo Sky Tree, Kameido Tenjin truly comes alive during Golden Week, a Japanese holiday every May, when its wisteria bloom for the Wisteria Festival. Be sure to bring your camera because the azalea shrubs compliment the pale color of the wisteria petals, giving you the perfect background for a selfie. Expect crowds during Golden Week, but rest assured that you will have ample opportunity to maneuver around the grounds day or night, as the wisteria is lit up at night for evening visitors.

While the shrine’s main festival is during Golden Week, Kameido Tenjin Shrine also has a Plum Festival in February and Chrysanthemum Festival in October. Once you’ve toured the grounds of Kameido Tenjin, head to the nearby Japanese confectionery shop, Funabashiya, to try their famous kudzu mochi and other traditional sweets.

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Things To Know

This temple has beauty nearly year round, with different flowers blooming each season. In fall, typically from the end of Nov., catch the Chrysanthemums. In winter, from mid-Feb., catch the blooming plum blossoms. And in summer, typically from June, catch the hanging wisteria.

How To Get There

Address

3 Chome-6-1 Kameido, Koto, Tokyo 136-0071, Japan

By train

Kameido Tenjin is a 15 minute walk from Kameido station on the JR Sobu Local line.

By car

Near the Kameido Tenjin-mae stop on the Tokyo Metropolitan Bus.

Where To Stay

Kameido dormitory shared mixed
  • 東京都江東区亀戸3-45-9 塚宅 Koto-Ku, Tokyo 136-0071
  • 0.2 km
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Hotel Park Avenue
  • Kinshi 4-16-11 Sumida-Ku, Tokyo 130-0013
  • 6.8/10
  • 0.5 km
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Kameido Dormitory
  • Kameido 2-25-3-501 Koto-Ku, Tokyo 136-0071
  • 0.5 km
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