Jan. 30, 2024 UPDATE
Baikasai and Nodate Ohchanoyu (Ume plum blossom festival)- 梅花祭野点大茶湯 -
While slightly inconvenient as you have to visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine to purchase your tickets, the shrine is easily accessible by bus from Kyoto Station.
English brochure about Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is available at the office
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PeriodFebruary 25th, every year
VenueKitano Tenmangu Shrine
Story & Recommendation
Enjoy the beautiful plum garden at Kitano Tenmangu
Established in 947, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine enshrines Sugawara Michizane (845 to 903), a scholar, writer, and politician from the beginning of the Heian period, who is also known as a deity of wisdom. As Sugawara Michizane was born on June 25th, the Tenjin Festival is held every 25th of each month. On February 25th, Baikasai, the Ume plum blossom festival, is held in Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. As Michizane died on February 25th, this festival takes place to rest his soul. During Baikasai, there is an event called “Nodate” where Maiko, Geiko, and Okami, their masters, serve tea to visitors in the plum garden. They are from Kamishichiken, which is the oldest Geiko district in northwest Kyoto. You need to reserve your seat for this event, so please check the detailed information below. ▼Click here for Writer's Blog http://sharing-kyoto.com/Blog/b_Baikasai/
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10am - 3pm
No postponement for rain
Ticket for tea ceremony is ￥3000 (including admission ticket for the Treasure Hall and voucher) There are 3,000 tickets in total and you can purchase them from January 25th. The tickets are available only at the office of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.