The Mausoleum of Confucius at Yushima 史跡 湯島聖堂

A temple dedicated to Confucian thought, with a massive statue of the great philosopher

Yushima Seido Temple is the biggest Confucian temple in Tokyo, and home to what's claimed to be the world's largest statue of Confucius. Built in the Chinese style in 1630, the temple is located in the peaceful neighborhood of Yushima, not far from Akihabara. A center of Confucian thought, it also served as a training school for Tokugawa officials during the Edo period.

The temple was the birthplace of the Tokyo Normal School (now Tsukuba University) and Tokyo Women's Normal School (now Ochanomizu University), and heavily influenced the Japanese school system. Because of its focus on education, Yushima Seido is popular with students, who come to pray for good luck and success in school, especially during school entrance exam time. The temple's treasure room contains a fascinating collection of paintings, statues and artifacts.

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