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.