4 Recommend Japanese Power Spots for Study

Japanese shrine which called Jinja (神社) in Japanese, is a holy place where gods living. Most Japanese people usually come here to pray for their life, such as, finances, jobs, love, health and study.

It is believed that each shrine will have different gods. Most Japanese students usually go to the famous shrine for education to bless for their success, especially in the time before the entrance examination or other important exams start. In this article, we will introduce you to know 4 recommend Japanese power spots for study in Japan!

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine | Kyoto

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (Kitano Tenmangu; 北野天満宮) is located in Kyoto prefecture. It is one of the 100 most important shrines in Japan where the famous god of education living. Each year students from all over Japan come here to pray for the university entrance examination and look for Omamori or Japanese lucky charms for study.

In addition, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is also one of the most beautiful spots for cherry blossoms and autumn leaves viewing in Kyoto as well.

  • Bakurocho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto 602-8386

Office Hours

  • 【April-September】 05:00 – 18:00
  • 【October-March】 05:30 – 17:30
  • 【on 25th of every month】 06:00 – 21:00

How to go

  • 5 minutes’ walk from Keifuku Railway Hakubai-cho station
  • Take a bus No.50 or 101 from JR Kyoto Station and get off at Kitano Tenmangu-mae bus stop


Yushima Tenjin Shrine | Tokyo

Yushima Tenjin Shrine (Yushima Tenjin; 湯島天神) or Yushima Tenmangu Shrine (Yushima Tenmangu; 湯島天満宮) is one of the most famous power spot for education in Tokyo. Students preparing for the exams will gather here to pray for their success in study every year. They usually write their wishes on Ema and return to the shrine again to express their gratitude to the gods who blessed them.

Not only students, but Yushima Tenjin Shrine is also popular among foreigners because it is located near Ueno Park which is one of the most popular tourist spots in Tokyo, especially in the period of  plum blooming around February-March.

  • 3-30-1 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0034

Office Hours

  • 【Mon-Sun】 06:00 – 20:00

How to go

  • 2 minutes’ walk from Chiyoda Railway Yushima station, exit 3
  • 5 minutes’ walk from Ginza Railway Ueno Hirokoji station


Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine | Fukuoka

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine (Dazaifu Tenmangu; 太宰府天満宮) is one of the largest shrines of education in Japan. It is built over the grave of Sugawara no Michizane, a scholar, poet, and politician witty learning and outstanding ability in the Heian period, in Fukuoka prefecture. Not only students, but there are also many parents come here to pray for education success of their children every year.

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is also a popular spot for plum blossom which surrounded by various kinds of plums blooming around February to March, such as white, dark pink and light pink plum.

  • 4-7-1 Saifu, Dazaifu-city, Fukuoka, 818-0195

Office Hours

  • 【Shrine】 06:00 – 19:00
  • 【Museum】 09:00 – 16:30

How to go

  • 5 minutes’ walk from Nishitetsu Railway Dazaifu station


Osaka Tenmangu Shrine | Osaka

Osaka Tenmangu Shrine (Osaka Tenmangu; 大阪天満宮) is another shrine dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, the god of learning who is respected by students around Japan. It is one of the places where lots of students come to pray for their entrance examination every year.

Moreover, Osaka Tenmangu Shrine is also known as a place which held Tenjin Matsuri during 24th-25th July every year. In this event, there will be parades, performances, and amazing fireworks display.

  • 2-1-8, Tenjinbashi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 530-0041

Office Hours

  • 【Mon-Sun】 09:00 – 17:00

How to go

  • 5 minutes’ walk from Tanimachi or Sakaisuji Railway Minami-morimachi station
  • 5 minutes’ walk from JR Tozai Railway Osaka-Tenmangu station