Wakaura Tenmangu Shrine

Wakaura Tenmangu Shrine is dedicated to Michizane Sugawara, not only a scholar but also a poet and a politician in the Heian period (794-1192). He became a god of scholar after his death. Wakaura Tenmangu Shrine is one of the three principle shrines in Japan to honor him and famous for the plum blossoms viewing spot. Plum blossoms are connected to Tenmangu because Michizane loved plum blossoms very much. The main building was built in 1604 at the request of Yoshinaga Asano, the Lord of the Kishu Domain at the time.

Plum blossoms at Tenmangu Shrine
Torii gate to Wakaura Tenmangu Shrine
View from Wakaura Tenmangu Shrine