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Plum Blossoms at Kameido Tenjin in 2019

Kameido Tenjin is a very popular shrine.  It’s popular because there is a lot to see there, especially in spring when the flowers are blooming.  There are wisteria, cherry blossoms and plum blossoms. You might even find a few hydrangea there, but don’t trust me on that one.  However, for this article we’re going to talk about the plum blossoms.

The torii of Kameido Tenjin, with plum blossoms on the upper right and Tokyo Skytree behind

In 2019, Kameido Tenjin’s plum blossom festival runs until March 10.  At the shrine they have approximately three hundred tree spread out over the grounds.  You have to remember that this shrine, in my opinion anyway, is mostly known for its wisteria festival, which seems to have priority.  By priority, I mean the wisteria occupy the big trellises that are over the pools that are there but the plum blossoms, except for a couple of trees in the middle, mostly occupy the areas around the outside.

For my visit , the weather was good, but a little cloudy and cold.  And as the trees weren’t quite in peak condition, the crowd wasn’t that big nor were most of the stalls open.  The flowers though, were almost in peak condition. Yes, there were many buds and half-opened buds but there were also many perfectly formed flowers there too.  They looked amazing! Just a pity I couldn’t go there every day to photograph them.

Plums and Ema right next to the shrine

Like other Tenjin shrines, many young people were there to pray to Tenjin, the deity of academics, for a little help in passing their exams.  For proof of that you only had to look at the ema, wooden tablets you write your wishes on and then hang on racks in front of the shrine.  The majority of them had wishes on them pertaining to help needed with the passing of exams.

Towers and flowers

As I’ve said before, with so many places to visit and working my regular full-time job, it is impossible to photograph the trees everywhere in full bloom.  I really wish I could bring you great shots from every place, but it just can’t be done. One day I hope I will be able to give up my teaching job, and be a full-time blogger, but not yet.

Kameido Tenjin is a great place to visit, but I think for some people it might be a little far out on the east side of Tokyo as it is a fair walk from Kinshicho Station.  Tokyo Skytree, Asakusa, Akihabara and the Edo-Tokyo Museum aren’t very far away, but the walk from the Kinshicho station to Kameido Tenjin might be a little far for some people, about fifteen minutes.  

Still, having said that, Kameido Tenjin is a good place.  I highly recommend it as the flowers there are always good.  You should visit it for every festival it has. You can get so many great photographs there.  If you want to see the official website, click here. I also have my own article about it that can be seen here.

Gear used for these pictures:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T2

Lenses - Fujifilm XF 10 - 24 mm f/4.0 R OIS

Fujifilm XF 16 - 55 mm f2.8 R LM WR

Fujifilm XF 55-200 mm f3.5-4.8 R LM OIS


Film Simulation - Velvia/Vivid