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Let’s Welcome the Warm Spring at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine!


Hi guys, we are nearing the end of the winter season and we are getting ready for the warm spring to come. I hope you guys enjoyed the winter!

As the cold winter is heading towards the end, I want to talk about events that you can enjoy during this season at one of the most attractive tourist spots in Kyoto; the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

Kitano Tenmangu

The reason why Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is the place you must visit, is that there is an interesting story behind this famous shrine, and they hold various events throughout the year, and the scenery is beautiful.

First of all, let me explain a brief history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine was built to dedicate Sugawara Michizane, who was involved in the Shinto God of education. Since he was exiled by his political opponents and suffered from harsh hardship from them, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine was built to appease his revengeful spirit.

Because Sugawara Michizane was involved in the Shinto God of education, a number of students visit Kitano Tenmangu to pray for their success in their studies. If you visit Kitano Tenmangu during the exam period or school trip seasons, it might be crowed with students.


Regarding events at Kitano Tenmangu, there is a tea ceremony, called Baikasai that is held every year on the 25th of February. What is special about this tea ceremony at Kitano Tenmangu, is that Maiko and Geiko attend the tea ceremony. On top of that, there are approximately 2,000 plum trees that bloom from February to March. So, if you visit Kitano Tenmangu on the 25th of February, you can experience the special tea ceremony while  enjoying the beautiful scenery of 2,000 plum trees in bloom.



Additionally, when it becomes around November or December and when the autumn foliage season is at its peak, Kitano Tenmangu opens its garden to the public where a number of Japanese maple trees can be seen throughout the garden. What is also exciting is that the garden is lit up in the evenings. Imagine that you are surrounded by beautiful Japanese maple trees that are lit up in the evening. How romantic it is!
If you have a chance to visit Kyoto during these two seasonal periods, please do not miss the opportunity to enjoy various events at Kitano Tenmangu.



If you are not able to visit Kitano Tenmangu during the two periods, you don’t need to be disappointed. There is one more event held every month, which is the flea market. A number of vendors gather at Kitano Tenmangu to sell various things, such as antiques, crafts, clothes, and so on. If you get hungry while walking around Kitano Tenmangu, you can grab some festival foods such as fried chicken, Yakisoba and other delicious foods at the flea market.

Since there are various events and beautiful scenery you will definitely love Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, as it is mentioned above. Please visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine if you have a chance. I definitely recommend you to visit there!


Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Hours: April ~ September  (5:00 ~ 18:00)
October ~ March     (5:30 ~ 17:30)
Closed: No closing days
Fees: Free

Plum Grove
Hours: Early February ~ late March (10:00 ~ 16:00)
Fees: 700 yen

Maple Tree Garden
Hours: early November ~ mid December  (10:00 ~ 16:00)
Autumn illumination (Dusk ~ 20:00)
Fees: 700 yen

Flea Market
Hours: 25th of every month (6:00 ~ 21:00)
Fees: Free