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Yushima Tenjin ReitaisaiYushima Tenjin (湯島天神), formally Yushima Tenmangu (湯島天満宮), is a popular Shinto shrine near the Shinobazu-no-ike Pond in Ueno Park. This shrine is well-known for its apricot blossom in February to March and chrysanthemum in November. For details about this shrine, see the article on Yushima Tenjin Shrine.
The Reitaisai (例大祭), or the Annual Grand Festival, is held in late May.

Reitaisai at Yushima Tenjin Shrine

The Reitaisai at Yushima Tenjin Shrine is held in late May. There will be a relatively large procession of shrine-owned mikoshi in even-numbered years. There will also be a joint parade of community-owned mikoshi annually except every four years.

Stalls in the daytime
Yushima Shrine Reitaisai
Stalls at night
Yushima Shrine Reitaisai
Bonsai on display
Yushima Shrine Reitaisai
Ikebana on display
Yushima Shrine Reitaisai
Drum performance
ushima Shrine Reitaisai
Edo Sato-kagura
ushima Shrine Reitaisai
ushima Shrine Reitaisai

Procession of horen and shrine-owned mikoshi

In even-numbered years, on Saturday a procession of horen and mikoshi owned by the Shrine is held. This procession takes all day, going through the area the shine protects.

Yushima Shrine Reitaisai
Yushima Shrine Reitaisai
Yushima Shrine Reitaisai
Yushima Shrine Reitaisai
Yushima Shrine Reitaisai
Yushima Shrine Reitaisai
Yushima Shrine Reitaisai
Yushima Shrine Reitaisai
Yushima Shrine Reitaisai
Yushima Shrine Reitaisai

Procession of shrine-owned mikoshi

The procession of shrine-owned mikoshi is held every four years. The mikoshi goes through the area the shrine divinities protect all day long on Sunday. It is held on a year which abovementioned procession of horen and shrine-owned mikoshi is conducted on Saturday but following joint procession of community-owned mikoshi is not on Sunday.

Yushima Shrine Reitaisai
Yushima Shrine Reitaisai
Yushima Shrine Reitaisai

Joint procession of community-ownd mikoshi

There will also be a short joint parade of more than ten community-owned mikoshi which takes place in front of the shrine on Sunday every four years. It is held on a year which aforementioned procession of horen and shrine-owned mikoshi is conducted on Saturday but procession of shrine-owned mikoshi is not.

Yushima Shrine Reitaisai
Yushima Shrine Reitaisai
Yushima Shrine Reitaisai
Yushima Tenjin Shrine
3-30-1 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo-to MAP
Access: 2-min walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Yushima Station/ 5-min walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Ueno-Hirokoji Station or Toei Oedo Line Ueno-Okachimachi Station
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