Huge flea market at Kitano Tenmangu
The 25th of each month is known as a ‘Tenjin san day’. 25th is the birth and death anniversary day of honorable Sugawarano Michizane who is the person to construct the Kitano tenmangu. This event have been continued since 400 years ago and known as a god of the entertainment. Food wagons are packed together from 6am to 6pm, and after the sunset, Main-hall is lighted up and prominent with the light of 350 stone lanterns and 250 lanterns. There is a fantastic atmosphere which is different from the day time. Usually around 50000~60000 people are visiting to Tenjin san, especially January (the first tenjin san of the year), December ( the last tenjin san of the year), February ( the plum festival is held) and June 25th (the honor Fujiwara no michizane birth day) are crowded with about 150000 people.
Antique shops are lined. Selling old Japanese pottery, second-hand clothes jewelries and the like. It is difficult to visit the antique shops for tourist even though Kyoto has many self-standing antique shops. So, Tenjin san is a good opportunity to enjoy the antique shops. Please enjoy talking or negotiating with shop staffs about the prices.
Antique or remade Kimono are offered at many stalls. Size and prices depend on items, so please check the size or price to the staffs when you purchase. I hope, you can find out your favorite!
It is a Japanese traditional game which is enjoyable for both men and women of all ages. Prizes include Japanese toys, sweets and snacks. Let’s shooting for what you want!
How about a break? You will get tired to walk around. Japanese traditional foods, for example oden, takoyaki, fried noodle, fried chicken and so on are offered by woody food wagons. Each is a small size, so you can eat while walking!
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Ennichi (Tenjin san) / 縁日（天神さん）
|Address||Bakuro-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-city, 602-8386|
|Directions||City Bus (50) or (101) from JR Kyoto Station; (203)Demachiyanagi Station to Kitano Tenmangu-mae|
|Event time||6am- around 6pm|
Staff at the booths don't speak English, but it is nice enjoying the atmosphere. Rare items are available, too.
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese only|