Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

Popularly known as “Kitano no Tenjin-san,” this Shinto shrine is located in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City. The shrine was founded in 947. It is also the head shrine of all 12 thousand Tenmangu and Tenjin shrines throughout the country dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, the god of scholarship. The shrine is frequented by students and test-takers not only during entrance exam season in winter but throughout the year. The main shrine, erected in 1607, is a National Treasure and a magnificent example of Momoyama architecture. Famed for its Japanese apricot blossoms, a gorgeous open air tea ceremony is performed by Kamishichiken geisha at the shrine during the Plum Blossom Festival on February 25. The shrine also bustles with numerous street stalls and people during the Tenjin Market, opened every month on the 25th.

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open everyday
[Admission fee] Free [Maple Garden] 1,000yen [Umeen] 1,000yen [Treasure Hall] 800yen
Parking Lot
Available (300spaces) * Monthly 25 Sunday is a match Sunday, so All day parking Not available
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English Menu
Available (English/Chinese Pamphlet Available)
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Possible (Cage, hug, etc. only)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Love a great flea market
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.11.13
    It was actually pouring down rain the day we went to this flea market but we still had a great time. There were tons of booths with lots of interesting and different things to purchase at a...
  • Great market
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.04.28
    This was a second visit to this market which I think is better than the one at Toji Temple which seems to get more publicity for some reason. It is really huge with lots of people and the quantity of...
  • Tat.
    2.0 Reviewed : 2019.03.25
    It’s an alright place to mooch about if you don’t have anything better to do, I wouldn’t go out of my way to get here though as we did... based on these madcap reviews below. It’s just full of crap...

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