Yushima 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.
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.
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.
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.