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Kitano Tenmangu Shrine National Treasure Main Hall

Headquarters of Tenmangu Shrines and Tenjingu Shrines around Japan [Kitano Tenmangu Shrine], which enshrines the god of learning

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is the headquarters of approximately 12,000 Tenmangu Shrines and Tenjin Shrines nationwide. Sugawara no Michizane, the enshrined deity, is worshiped as the god of learning.

1.There are many cows that are said to be messengers of the gods in the precincts

Michizane was born in the year of the ox and died on the day of the ox. In addition, there are many anecdotes related to cows, such as "a cow decided the graveyard" and "a cow protected Michizane from an assassin". It seems that it was said.
It is said that if you stroke the head of the statue of the so-called "Nadeushi" that can be seen throughout the precincts, it will bring you good luck in your studies. Cows are also depicted on omikuji and ema.

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

2.Kyoto's premier plum blossom spot

The plum blossoms that decorate the precincts every early spring and that Michizane loved so dearly are also worth seeing. From 2020 to 2021, the plum garden will be refurbished, and a new observatory with a height of 5 to 6 m will be built to overlook the plum blossoms. The plum garden was widened to make it easier to walk, the number of plum trees was increased, and a beach was set up. After admiring the plums, if you get a lucky cow and go home, you will definitely feel refreshed.

Kitano Tenmangu Plum Blossoms

3.In autumn, it becomes a famous spot for autumn leaves.

Spreading out on the west side of the precincts is the Momiji Garden, which consists of a natural forest and part of the earthwork "Odoi" built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi. About 350 autumn leaves turn red, and the scenery of the Kamiya River, which flows north and south through the park, is dyed red, creating a breathtaking beauty. During the fall foliage season, it is lit up, creating a mysterious and mysterious scenery.

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

Autumn Foliage Information

  • Best time to see/usually mid-November to early December
    Momiji-en" special autumn exhibition
    Period of visitation: October 28 (Sat.) - December 3 (Sun.), 2023
    Hours: 9:00-16:30 (last admission at 16:00)
    Entrance fee: Adults 1,200 yen, children 500 yen *includes tea cakes
    Maple Garden" illuminated.
    Period of visitation: November 11 (Sat.) - December 3 (Sun.), 2023
    Hours: Sunset - 20:00 (last admission at 19:30) *No changeover between day and night
    Entrance fee: Adults 1,200 yen, children 500 yen *includes tea cakes

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

  • Kita no Tenmangu
  • Bakurocho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Short walk from "Kitano Tenmangu-mae" bus stop
  • Tel.075-461-0005
  • 300 parking lots
  • https://kitanotenmangu.or.jp/

  • [Normal visit]
    Hours of visitation/7:00-17:00
    Baien 9:00-16:00
    Free to visit
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.

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