Sep. 26, 2019 UPDATE

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

- 北野天満宮 -
Traveler Friendly
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
1865 25 8.0 1 reviews
Sep. 26, 2019 UPDATE

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

- 北野天満宮 -
Traveler Friendly
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
1865 25 8.0 1 reviews
Story & Recommendation
Enjoy the interesting architecture of this historical shrine dedicated to the Deity of wisdom
Established in the year 947, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine enshrines Sugawara Michizane who was a scholar, a writer, and a politician in the beginning of Heian era (lived from 845 to 903). It is the headquarters of more than 12,000 Tenmangu shrines dedicated to Sugawara Michizane’s spirit, all over Japan. It 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 frequently visit to offer a fervent prayer for their study as this shrine is known for the deity of wisdom. Therefore, wisdom charms are purchased by many people. As Sugawara Michizane was born in the year of the ox, there are many statues oxen too. It is believed that you will be healed if you touch the part of the ox where you want to recover. Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is famous for Ume plum trees, which bloom beautifully around early March.
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Jack - United States of America
Nov. 26, 2018
Details
Open Hours
5:30am - 5:30pm (October to March) 5:00am - 6:00pm (April to September)
Reservations
Not accepted
Closed
None
Price range
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
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.
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