Yabo Tenmangū Shrine (FREE)

Guest post by M A McDonald
Yabo Tenmangū Shrine (谷保天満宮) is a beautiful Shinto shrine, a brief walk from Nambu Line’s Yaho Station. Founded in 903 and rebuilt on its present site (1924), Yabo Tenmangū protects a small sacred forest as well as a picturesque orchard of gnarled but flourishing plum trees (complete with resting platforms), both welcoming on hot summer days.
A small spring and pool are home to koi, crayfish, and turtles. Two large, nonpoisonous snakes also live near the spring, but consider yourself unusually lucky if you catch a glimpse of them — they are rarely seen.
The shrine is also home to a large number of colorful roosters and chickens.
Yabo Tenmangū is dedicated to Tenjin, god of learning, the deified Sugawara no Michizane, a scholar, poet and politician of the Heian Period. It is not surprising to find used ink brushes left here, with hopes for good examination results. In addition to those bringing luck, a variety of amulets as well as omikuji (paper printed fortunes) are for sale.


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Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who has lived in and visited Japan for over a decade. Having traveled across the country, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel here, and has also worked for many leading tourism companies. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association.