Inside Kameido Tenjin shrine


The original shrine was largely burnt down by fire bombing during World War II. What we see today is mostly reconstructed and restored with concrete, metal and other modern materials. After the restoration the shrine rose as gorgeous as when it was built. Aside from worshiping, people come for the drum bridges, plum blossoms and wisteria.


The shrine, with its signature red bridge and scenic seasonal flowers, is also a place of worship for the Shinto god of learning. The three bridges leading to the main shrine are said to represent life, with the onnabashi (woman’s bridge), otokobashi (men’s bridge), and hirabashi. The picturesque arches represent the future, past, and present, respectively.