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Deity of wisdom in historical shrine where you may also enjoy the interesting architecture

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

/ 北野天満宮
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Established in 947, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine enshrines Sugawara Michizane who was a scholar, a litterateur, and a politician in the beginning of Heian era (lived from 845 to 903). It is the headquarter of more than 12,000 Tenmangu, shrines dedicated to Sugawara Michizane’s spirit, all over Japan and is affectionately called “Tenjin san” among local people and believers. Honden, the main shrine, and worship hall called 'Haiden' are designated National Treasures in Japan and students all over Japan ...morefrequently visit to offer a fervent prayer for their study as this shrine is known as a deity of wisdom. Therefore, charms of wisdom are purchased by many people. As Sugawara Michizane was born in the year of the ox, there are many statues of it. It is believed that you would be healed if you touch a part of the ox statue where you want to recover in your body part. Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is famous for ume trees,  which blooms beautifully around early March.
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I really enjoyed learning the history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine as well as the interesting architecture in Honden, the main shrine. There are various kinds of seasonal highlights such as Ume tree blossom, colorful maple tree leaves and crops festival in autumn. You may enjoy looking around the charms which specialize in wisdom, health, family, financial blessing and so on. I highly recommend that you visit there on 25th if you are around that time as you may enjoy the visional atmosphere with la...morentern lights.
Actually I used to go to Yushima Shrine which are popular as the god of Academic or your wishes what you want to be in the future would come true in Tokyo. In Kansai area, Kitano-tenmangu has the same meaning. So I have decided to get here often because I have a dream that I would like a lot of the U.K people to know Sharing Kyoto because the U.K where I lived to learn English for about 2 years and love them.
Honden, the main shrine
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Honden (the main shrine)
Although you cannot enter Honden, you may be amazed by its solemnity. Its main deity is Sugawara Kichizane and its architecture is called 'Yatsumune-zukuri'. Yatsumune-zukuri means that there are several buildings lined up in a complex manner with a gorgeous roofs. Honden and Haiden, worship halls, are connected so that you can look through the hall. This architecture was very modern at that time and it became a popular shrine architecture since then.
Kanko Go-en-nichi
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Kanko Go-en-nichi
Every 25th of each month, there is an illumination event called “Go-en-nichi,” the day of Tenjin. From the sunset till 9pm, 350 stone lanterns and 250 paper lanterns are lit and they make the visionary atmosphere. There are food vendors in the street around the shrine, so it is recommend that you try some food there!
Touch Ushisha
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Touch Ushisha
As ox is known as a minister of Sugawara Michizane which is originated in his Chinese zodiac, there are many statues of it in shrine precinct. It is believed that your body would be healed as you touch the statue of Ox. Hence, many believers all around Japan frequently come to touch it to receive the miracle.
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Buy Charms Of Wisdom
As Sugawara Michizane in Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is known as a deity of wisdom, it is believed that you would make a success in academic field if you pray to him. Therefore, students who will take school entrance exams come often to pray and buy charms of wisdom in Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. After exams are all done, it is a tradition that you return it to this shrine, and they would burn them in the fire.
Manner & Tips
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Please do not bring any food that you bought at the vendors at the entrance of the shrine. It is considered rude to eat in the shrine precinct. Please also note that you cannot enter the main shrine called Honden.
Kitano Tenmangu appearance
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Categories Temples & Shrines
Phone +81 75-461-0005
Address Bakuro-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
Directions 1 minute walk from Kitano Tenmangu Mae stop on Kyoto City Bus #50 or #101 from Kyoto station
Hours 5:30am - 5:30pm (October to March)
5:00am - 6:00pm (April to September)
Reservations Not accepted
Closed None
Notes There are many Japanese students on school trips in this shrine as it is a popular destination for school students. It would be crowded on 25th of each month as 'Go-en-nichi' events are held.
Fee For Hobutsu Den where valuable offerings and objects are stored, it costs ¥300 for adult, ¥250 for high school and junior high school students and ¥150 for children to enter there. It opens from 9am to 4pm
Credit cards Not accepted
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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Simple English brochures are available at 'Shamu-sho', a shrine office. It is a bit difficult to access Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, but once you get off the bus, you can easily find it.
Information English brochures are available at 'Shamu-sho', a shrine office

English website is available (please refer the link attached in this page)
Languages spoken Japanese only
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine +81 75-461-0005 For Hobutsu Den where valuable offerings and objects are stored, it costs ¥300 for adult, ¥250 for high school and junior high school students and ¥150 for children to enter there. It opens from 9am to 4pm 3/3

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