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Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine

#33 of 1,010 things to do in Kyoto
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Nishijin District
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Address: 931 Bakuro-cho, Kyoto 602-8386, Kyoto Prefecture
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Maple in autumn, plum in spring - we visited twice for foliage

We visited here twice for koyo. Ginkgo was the source of foliage on our first visit. Initially, we did not pay to go into the momiji grove (ume in spring). The grounds are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

We went during autumn leaves season, the garden was very nicely organized, it was a treat to the eyes. We were able to see a demonstration of traditional drumming which was interesting. The shrine itself is pretty small, but still worth a visit, especially every 25th of the month since there's a flea market.

Thank Shi Hao L
Chicago Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

You can feel the history at Kitano. Look at the beautiful wood carvings on the gates (mons). Look at the students (and their parents) come in with a wish for better education. Walk through the fine museum. And lastly walk through the historic entertainment district with great old buildings on the south side of the shrine.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Tenman-gu Shrine in northwest Kyoto has a 1,000 year history and is expansive. The plum blossom festival on February and a garden home to 250 maple trees for magnificent viewing during the autumn "momoji" season. If you only have 2-3 days in Kyoto, you would be focusing on the main icons. This is national treasure worth visiting on an extended... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We visited here twice for koyo. Ginkgo was the source of foliage on our first visit. Initially, we did not pay to go into the momiji grove (ume in spring). The grounds are free, the garden/grove is not. 
The long entrance path lined with lanterns under arching trees provided several photos ops, but no color. We knew the plum grove... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

This Shrine is less famous hence much less tourist and mostly local visiting only. This is free to public and I believe that there is flea market once a month in the vicinity of the shrine. This is between Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji so you can stop by on the way there. Take 101 bus from Nijo castle and get... More 

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Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Bus 101 from Kyoto bus station (outside Kyoto Station) Takes you directly to this shrine. It is quite a long way but this is an express bus which does not stop at every stop. It took about 2o minutes. The shrine is well spread out and has trees and shading so can be pleasant on a hot day. Seemingly, on... More 

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Varese, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

At one end of the Nishiki Market there is this shrine pretty popular among the students, because a scholar was the found of this temple.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Kitano Tenmangu is dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, a scholar in Heian Period. This is why this shrine is very popular among the students who are preparing for examinations. It is very pleasant to walk the garden around the main building. On the 25th of every month, there is a festival.

Thank Kimitaka S
Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

This a nice Shrine in the middle of the city. It is still working, pretty, and not crowded. And best of all, it is free.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

The buildings are amazing for their time. Interesting destination to visit. A bit of outside walking if raining though

Thank Vicky S

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A district with a long textile heritage, ancient Kyoto is still alive in the Nishijin District. Studded with its weaving factories, tea houses, and onsen, the neighborhood is charming and peaceful with a self-possessed air. Less traveled than other parts of the city, it is a district where you can take it at your own pace. Visitors can explore the many weaving and cloth houses, the free kimono shows, and the many shops selling traditional clothing and goods. Showcasing architecture with sloping roofs and wooden reliefs dating to decades past, the streets in the Nishijin District transport you back in time, making them a joy to wander.
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