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Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

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931 Bakuro-cho, Kita, Kyoto 602-8386, Kyoto Prefecture
Nishijin District
+81 75-461-0005
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Every month on the 25th they host a nice flea market at this temple. It is a great place to find a nice unique souvenir.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank akaLars
Reviewed November 6, 2018

This shrine was built in 947 to commemorate the spirit of Sugawara no Michizane who was a scholar, and exiled from Kyoto unfairly by political enemy. The ground is filled with plum trees which are Michizane's favorite. Many legends describe the bond between Michizane and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Minstrel115
Reviewed October 7, 2018

Kitano Tenmangu is a interesting temple. It was crowded with students asking for good luck in their exams. There are cow statues there and the students put their hand on the cows head and ask for a blessing.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jon_Ju1234
Reviewed September 23, 2018

Students come here to ask for blessings for good grades. Beyond that, this is a shrine like others. There are cow statues adorning the path to the shrine. This is unique to this shrine.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank FYL003
Reviewed June 25, 2018 via mobile

I came here for the flea market which is held on 25th of every month. Arriving at 9 am there were plenty of people, but not too packed. The mixture of stalls & the traditional shrine setting was a feast for the senses. It also...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank scousepeasant
Reviewed June 5, 2018

Large shrine and great to see. Our guide did an excellent job describing the history and the traditions of the Shrine and the cow statue.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed June 2, 2018

We visited in early March, so we got to see the grove of plum tress in bloom. There were hundreds of trees in bloom with white, pink, purple, and red flowers. Admission to the plum grove included kombucha (not the fermented kind, the salty kelp...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank raquel9e
Reviewed April 8, 2018

The shrine is large, but not very different from other shrines. What makes it unique is the market that is happening there every 25th of the month. Street food, antiques, 2nd hand clothing, crafts and many many more for you to explore. Recommended.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank good-living-montreal
Reviewed April 5, 2018

I came for the market, which is held on the 25th of the month. It really is one of the best markets I have ever been to, with a huge range of goods. Best are the vintage clothes, which are very good prices.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed March 20, 2018

We stopped at the Shrine because we were intrigued by the notion that students seek spiritual support for their studies. And sure enough, when visiting the Shrine there was an abundance of students of all ages! The Shrine itself was colourful and full of activity,...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Nishijin District
A district with a long textile heritage, ancient Kyoto
is still alive in the Nishijin District. Studded with
its weaving factories, tea houses, and onsen, the
neighborhood is charming and peaceful with a
self-possessed air. Less traveled than other parts of
the city, it is a district where you can take it at
your own pace. Visitors can explore the many weaving
and cloth houses, the free kimono shows, and the many
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Robin D
August 30, 2017|
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Response from kimibar | Reviewed this property |
About the Tenjin-san flea market, which spreads out in the streets all around the shrine compound, the Discover Kyoto website says that "Though it is held every month, the markets in January and December are the largest." I... More
July 15, 2017|
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Response from kara368 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is quite flat and one of the easiest to visit in Kyoto
Cherry M
November 25, 2016|
Response from Claire P | Reviewed this property |
We went twice mid-March and they were not yet in full bloom, so I would say no they won't be blooming in Feb.
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Plum Blosssoms (1 Replies)
Spring is gradually approaching, and we can see that in the current status of plum blossoms (end of February - mid March). Plums of varying reds and whites are looking very nice at plum farms and gardens, and particularly at Tenjin/Tenmangu shrines in central Honshu. Tonight (27th Feb, 2015), I went to Yushima Tenjin Shrine near Ueno's Shinobazu Pond in Tokyo. I have a terrible camera on tablet especially weak on nighttime shots with motions created by wind, but still managed to catch some...More
February 27, 2015|
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Dried persimmons and plum salt (9 Replies)
Two food items that I tried on my last trip to Japan were dried persimmons and plum salt. I loved them, particularly the dried persimmons. I bought the dried persimmons from a stall at the Kitano Tenmangu shrine market, which I won't be going to this visit. The plum salt was on fries in McDonalds. I'm wondering if it's possible to buy these products in a regular supermarket. If it is, I'd really appreciate it if someone could provide the Japanese text for these, to help me when looking...More
September 08, 2017|
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dried persimmons - 干し柿 plum salt - 梅塩
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Used Kimono recommendations (2 Replies)
I am heading to Japan in late October and I am looking at buying lots of used Kimonos, we are going to the flea market at Kitano Tenmangu shrine and I do know there are some shops in Nishiki market. Is there any locals that could recommend any other places to pick up some good used kimono that are reasonable priced. Thankyou
September 30, 2018|
Response fromLiars N F|
Do you know Harajuku Chicago? In Teramachi arcade. Also if there on the 21st, the Toji temple sale is good albeit a lot of overlap with Kitano Tenmangu. Plus are you looking really for kimono or haori or yukata?