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Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

#35 of 1,074 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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A Gem in Northwest Kyoto

I recommend spending a day in northwest Kyoto visiting several shrines and avoiding the more crowded districts and tourist traps. You can read the tales of my adventures in this... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is one of the nicest shrines in Kyoto, and though it can be busy, you don't tend to get as many foreign tourists at this site as some of the others, which is something I really like as it helps with my immersion in Japan. The shrine is lovely, during one of my visits there was also a katana... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recommend spending a day in northwest Kyoto visiting several shrines and avoiding the more crowded districts and tourist traps. You can read the tales of my adventures in this glorious city in "The Narrow Roads; In Search of Old Japan," which is available on Amazon. Kitano Tenman-Guchi is situated among other worthy temples and if you're willing to walk... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went at the end of March, and although there were no cherry blossoms yet, we caught a good glimpse of plenty of plum blossoms that were in full bloom at the end of winter. Tenman-gu is very spacious and easy to walk around, with lots of ceremonial bell-ringing, coin-tossing and holy water-rinsing that are all part of the curious... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a lively shrine, with large jingle-type prayer bells that orants pull. Cows are associated with this scholar-made-a "kami." Students come here to pray for good exam results. So placid but muscular cows in bronze are scattered about, with their red bibs on shrine holidays. Nearby is a very large lea market.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another beautiful shrine, especially in March, at the time of plum blossoms. Not as crowded as others in Kyoto

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Reviewed 19 March 2017

Premise: I visited the temple during march, when the many plum trees of the temple bloom. The plum blossom was incredibly nice! Less crowded and more "zen" than the cherry blossom, here you won't see people seated, eating & drinking. Mostly older, japanese people come and observe the beauty of the plum flowers. The blossom usually happen during march. The... More 

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Penang, Malaysia
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

If anybody is a fan of Noragami, you would know that Tenjin is enshrined here-- Other than that, Kitano Tenmangu is a shrine which is quite fun to visit due to the number of cow statues around. Spend some time hunting for them.

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Reviewed 10 March 2017

This is a beautiful shrine. It's nice to witness the plum blossoms on spring time and the leaves during autumn. It is best to take the bus going to this place.

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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

We visited the Kitano-tenmangu in a snowy afternoon in February. The Grand Bach hotel we stayed put notice of the plum blossom places with the update information of the stage of the flower booms. The Kitano-tenmangu plum tree garden is opened for a 700 yen fee for the few weeks in February every year. The hundreds of flowery trees are... More 

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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

The best mix of buildings and gardens. Try and go when there is a market in and around the shrine. We had the plum blossom and there was a geisha show on. Market was fantastic. Lots of praying so more to see and appreciate.

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Nishijin District
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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