See the beautiful green maple leaves at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
The Aomomiji event takes place at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine from the middle of April to the end of May. First, Aomomiji is Japanese and means the green maple leaves of spring. This event at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is a perfect chance to enjoy some green leaves and get to a spring mood. The “Odoi” earthen defense against floods built on the orders of shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi that surrounds Kyoto can be seen at the shrine, and although the odoi is famous for how beautiful it looks in autumn, the scene is also brilliant in spring and in early summer. Besides the green leaves, you can also go see Japanese swords and other treasures exhibited for the same entrance fee at the Homotsuden (also known as Houmotsuden) Treasure House.
The Uguisubashi, or Nightingale Bridge.
The Nightingale Bridge looks really beautiful in spring, the green leaves surrounding it from all directions. This is one of the most famous sights at the shrine grounds, and the way the vermilion bridge contrasts with the green leaves is a wonderful sight to behold.
The green sky
If you look up at the sky, you will notice it is green. This green sky is one of the highlights of the event, and makes a perfect backdrop for photos. If you are planning on renting a kimono or yukata, how about taking some pictures here at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine?
Normally entrance to the Treasure House costs 300 yen, but during the event the entrance fee is already included in the Aomomiji event entrance fee, so you definitely should go check the treasures. Looking at the treasures like folding screens, samurai suits of armor, and Japanese swords, you get a chance to really feel Japanese history, and a chance to find out just how ancient these grounds you tread on are.
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Kitano Tenmangu Aomomiji Festival / 北野天満宮 御土居の青もみじ特別公開
|Address||Bakuro-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto|
|Directions||Take Kyoto City Bus 101 towards Kitaouji Terminal from Kyoto station and get off at Kitano Tenmangu-mae bus stop.|
|Event time||9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.|
￥500 including admission to the Treasure House ￥500 Middle and high school students ￥250
You can enjoy it by just looking.
|Information||Information about this event in Japanese only, but Kitano Tenmangu Shrine’s website is available in English, Korean, and Chinese.|
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese only|