Yushima Tenjin Plum Festival
Around 300 plum blossom trees surround Yushima Tenjin Shrine and bloom white and pink for the annual plum festival. Yushima Tenjin has been known as a popular “plum spot” since the Edo times, and began holding festivals back in the 1960s. Around 80% of the trees have white flowers although there are more than a dozen varieties to be enjoyed. During the festival period visitors can also enjoy a variety of entertainment (mainly on weekends) including shamisen playing and traditional dance performances in addition to more exotic flamenco, belly dancing and even a karaoke contest. The shrine itself is devoted to the god of learning so it’s common to see many students heading there to wish for luck in their exams and studies.