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Hofu Tenman-gu Shrine

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Worshipped as the god of scholarship, Sugawara no Michizane is enshrined here. Hofu Tenman-gu Shrine was Japan's first Tenman-gu Shrine (which are shrines dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane) and is counted as one Japan's Three Great Tenjin Shrines.
The shrine is bustling with people all year, with many young people coming to purchase writing brushes or good luck charms for tests.

Street address

14-1 Matsuzakicho, Hofu City, Yamaguchi

Access

  • From JR Hofu Station, take a Bocho Bus (about 5 min. / 170 yen); get off at "Hofu Tenmangu"

Opening Hours

Gates are open from 6:00-20:00

Closed

Open everyday

Fee

Free

Website

Best season

All year

Point

Western Japan’s wildest festival, the Gojinko Festival, takes place on the fourth Saturday of November.
Watching thousands of participants clad in fetching white traditional costumes parade through the streets is a magnificent sight to behold.
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