Hokusai print and my photo of Kameido Tenjin (Photo: Elena Lisina)

Fuji Festival at Kameido Tenjin Shrine

Traditional spring festival in Tokyo

Hokusai print and my photo of Kameido Tenjin (Photo: Elena Lisina)
Elena Lisina   - 1 min read

Fuji, or wisteria, begin blooming in late April until early May. A rather short time but it is the most beautiful blooming plant that I have ever seen! In Tokyo, Kameido Tenjin Shrine is known as probably the best place to view the blooming wisteria. The flowers here were planted during the Edo period and the legendary wisteria are the subject of many ukiyoe (colour prints) and other works of art. The blossoms are even more magical at night when they are illuminated after sunset.

I happen to like the famous picture of Kameido Tenjin by Hokusai - the arched 'drum bridge' and hanging wisteria, so I decided that I had to visit the place. I found it was very small in a modern city and quite popular. During the Fuji Festival, the shrine is visited by thousands of people. There are many food stalls with traditional festival treats like takoyaki and dango. A small pond is inhabited by koi and turtles. You can also see herons who seem to not pay any attention to the people visiting

Event Reports

Getting there

The shrine is a 15-minute walk from either the North Exit of Kameido Station on the JR Sobu Line or the North Exit of Kinshicho Station on the Hanzomon Line.

Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I am interested in Japanese art, crafts, history and Shinto religion. Photography is my hobby, and there are many amazing places to capture in Japan.