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Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Kyoto

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Historic Site
Pay a visit to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, a significant Shinto shrine known for its thousands of red and white plum blossom trees. The shrine, founded in the 10th century, is dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, an exiled scholar and poet who had a love for plum trees and featured them often in his famous poems. Stroll through the plum and maple groves and admire the temple building, which can get crowded due to its popularity with students, who come to pray for success in exams. Plan to visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine during your Kyoto vacation using our convenient Kyoto vacation trip planner.
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  • On the 25th of each month a flea market occurs on the premises. A hundred or so stalls containing food (takoyaki, karaage, grilled corn, sweet potato, okonomiyaki, yakisoba and more) and second hand k...  more »
  • This would have to be our favourite shrine as it was less populated and felt more local than being the usual tourist attraction that other shrines and temples become. A very peaceful surround and gard...  more »
  • We went to this temple before perusing the flea market which is held every 25th of the month. The temple itself is small but the grounds are beautiful and well worth a visit. The market was full of ol...  more »
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  • Each 25th of each month, there is a big flea market here. Nice spot to eat local food and maybe spot some nice antiques... Btw, I just ate there one of the best takoyaki ever. A wonder.
  • One of my favorite temples in Kyoto. Come in either early Feb for the 'ume' plum flowers (festival held at that time) or on an autumn night where they light up their forest of Japanese maples along a small stream. The location is also less touristy than others during the autumn (plus, not as many people come out in the evening).
  • It's a beautiful place where you can come here to enjoy the plum blossoms. If you come 28th, you can also visit the special market!
  • The shrine is built by Sugawara no Michizane who is known as a god of academics. Fall is the best season to visit because of red leaves.
  • We stopped here during our ride to Arashiyama, nice place to visit with free enterence.