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    Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine

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    Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine

    The deity of academic achievement worshipped by students all around Japan; Also known for beautiful plum blossom and colored leaves

    Kitano Tenmangu Shrine which is known familiarly “Kitano Tenjin-san” to Kyoto people, was established in 947. Originally Tajihi no Ayako built a palace to enshrine Michizane Sugawara as the guardian God of the imperial palace in the Ukonbaba of Kitano, it is said that this was the founding head shrine of Tenmangu Shrines throughout Japan. This shrine is particularly famous for the deity of learning. Michizane had a great talent since his childhood and played an active role as a scholar and a politician, therefore, a lot of students preparing for examinations visit here from all over Japan. The main shrine is a Momoyama-period architectural building and is designated as a national treasure. Chu-mon Gate (Important Cultural Property), East Gate and Azekura were also built during the same period. Approximately 1,500 plum trees are planted as Michizane loved this tree.  Beautiful plum blossom in full bloom can be enjoyed around the entire shrine from the early February to the middle of March. The 25th is the monthly anniversary after the death of Michizane.  On the same day, “Tenjin Market” is held every 25th of the month, which is very popular for many people regardless of age or gender seeking out a bargain.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-gaho,February issue,2012

    INFORMATION

    Name Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
    Address Bakuro-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-461-0005
    Hours Entry: 5:30-17:30 (admission: 9:00-17:00)
    Closed
    Resevation
    URL http://kitanotenmangu.or.jp/
    Recommended A part of Odoi (earthwork fortification) which were built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi still remain in the precinct of Momiji-en garden in the precinct.

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