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Spiritual shrine in the middle of Nishiki Market

Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine

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Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine
Illuminating Japanese lanterns are displayed at the entrance of Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine located beside the Shin-kyogoku Street, a street filled with many young people. It was originally established in 1003 in south of Kyoto, and it was originally called Kanki-ji Temple to enshrine the god of learning, Sugawara-no Michizane. The temple was renamed Nishiki Tenmnagu Shrine and moved to the center of Kyoto as part of reconstruction of Kyoto by the order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi 1587.

Not only a lot ...moreof tourists visit in hopes of getting luck in their studies, but also some locals visit there often to take water from the well. Fresh water has been springing in the site and its often called as "Nishiki Water" by the locals. It is told that the reason why Nishiki Market, that leads to the shrine, was built there is because fresh water runs under this area. Please make a visit after or before strolling the market!
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Although I passed in front of Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine a lot of times, it was the first time for me to visit. The premise of the shrine is not large. However, some fascinated attractions are offered. I did a marionette fortune paper which was made by the priest. When you insert ¥100 into a box, the marionette with a kimono carries the paper and fall it out to the takeoff pocket of the box. Enjoy it!
The main shrine
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The Main Shrine
The god of learning, Sugawara-no Michizane, is enshrined in the main shrine. As he became the highest ranked scholar when he was young, so many people visit every day to aim for academic improvements. In addition, it is told that the shrine is good for success in businesses. There is a paper fortune machine next to the shrine. The paper is written in English. Let’s try getting a fortune from this machine!
Torii gate
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Torii Gate
There is a main torii gate between Shin-kyogoku Street and Teramachi Street. Look up at the top of the gate! Both sides of the gate go through the buildings. It was established around 1935 as the gateway of the shrine, but some areas of the premises were sold, and the buildings were then constructed.  If you look closely, you may see the edge of the gate go through the building from its window.
Drink Nishiki water
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Drink Nishiki Water
Fresh water has been springing out in the site. Try to drink the water! The water's quality is guaranteed in standards for drinking by Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Locals take some water into their plastic bottles for drinking.
Do an original fortune paper
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Get An Original Fortune Paper
These are original paper fortunes called Daigan-ume (¥500). Ume is a Japanese plum which Sugawara-no Michizane loved. Please write your wishes on a paper and put it in the small ume-shaped box. Be sure that nobody will see your written wishes. After enclosing it, hang it on a tree of Daigan-ume or take it with you.
Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine Appearance Photo
Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine
Categories Temples & Shrines
Phone +81 75-231-5732
Address 537, Nakanocho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8042
Directions 4-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Stn.
Hours 8am - 8pm
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Open everyday
Fee Free
Credit cards Not accepted
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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A priest of the shrine is an expert on the history of Kyoto. He will tell you about it in English if you want. English brochures are available at the shrine.
Information Japanese and English
Languages spoken Japanese, English (not always present), and French
Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine +81 75-231-5732 Free -1/3

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