Oct. 28, 2018 UPDATE

Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine

- 長岡天満宮 -
Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine is beautiful every season of the year
Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine is located close to Hankyu Nagaoka Tenjin Station, and the shrine enshrines the god of learning, Sugawara no Michizane, who was originally a scholar who excelled in both poetry and politics. Because of this, the shrine is often visited by students praying for success in their tests and people applying for jobs who wish to heighten their chances of getting work. The temple is vast and you get to freely walk around it, and there are normally not that many people at the temple. Besides the cherry blossoms and autumn leaves, the temple is also famous for its Kirishima azaleas that bloom in late April. The Kirishima azaleas of this temple are not white or pink like many other azaleas, but the Kirishima azaleas bloom in majestic, vivid reds which are of such beauty that the sight of them will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Hachijogaike Pond
Hachijogaike Pond
Hachijogaike Pond can be seen on the east side of the temple grounds. The huge pond is actually manmade, and its history dates back to the year 1638. The scenery you can see from the pier over the pond is especially beautiful during the cherry blossom, azalea, and autumn leaves seasons.
Main hall
Main hall
The main hall enshrines the god of learning, Sugawara no Michizane, so if you pray here, you will no problems when applying for schools or jobs.
Pet the bull statue and get wiser
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Pet the bull statue and get wiser
Pet this bronze bull, and by petting it, it is said you will get wiser. No matter whether you have an exam coming or not, try petting the bull!
Kinkei-en Garden
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Kinkei-en Garden
This garden was finished in 2007, so it’s pretty new. The Kinkei-en Garden is a place where you get to admire the beautiful autumn leaves, and there’s a stone bridge over the small pond in the middle, which is a great place to have your picture taken.
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Hachijogaike pond of Nagaoka Tenmangu has a pier over it, so you can walk on the pier and look at the exceptionally beautiful pond. Nagaoka Tenmangu will look different every season so no matter how many times you visit; you’re always going to get to see something new. Nagaoka Tenmangu is recommended for those who want to take it slowly and who don’t like the crowds of some of the more famous Kyoto sightseeing spots.
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Nagaoka Tenmangu is a shrine that is surprisingly big. You could almost call it huge, and the pond of it reminded me more of the kinds of gardens I saw in China, not the smaller ones you usually see in Japan. There's something in the vermilion temple that reminds me of Fushimi Inari Shrine, with just two differences: there are not quite as many torii gates and not as many people. That's what's great about this temple, you get to look at it in peace!
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Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine / 長岡天満宮
Category Temples & Shrines
Phone +81 75-951-1025
Address 15-13 Tenjin 2-chome, Nagaokakyo City, Kyoto Prefecture
Directions A 10-minute walk from Hankyu Nagaoka Tenjin Station.
Open Hours You can enter the shrine any time you want but if you want a temple stamp to go during the following times: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (April to September) 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (October to March)
Reservations ---
Closed Open every day
Price range
Credit cards Not accepted.
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
The shrine is a 10-minute walk from the closest Hankyu station and it’s open always, so going to it is very easy.
Information Japanese.
Lanuages spoken Japanese.
URL1 http://www.nagaokatenmangu.or.jp/index.php
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