【Sightseeing】Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine

Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) is the highest point of Tenman Shrine situated in Kyoto. It cherishes Sugawara no Michizane, the lord of astuteness and instruction. Kitano Tenman gu was built up in 947. In 987, it was entitled “Kitanotenmangutenjin” by Emperor Ichijo.

It was exceedingly regarded by the supreme families. Today, numerous individuals still love here for the accomplishment of their instruction. Kitano Tenman gu is extremely well known for Ume, Japanese plum.


Cherishes: Sugawara no Michizane. Chujodono (child of Michizane), Kisyojo (wife of Michizane).

Built up in: 947.

Kitano Tenmangu is the most major Tenman Shrine, other than Dazaifu Tenmangu, in Japan. It cherishes Sugawara no Michizane, the divine force of knowledge and instruction. It is a standout amongst the most prevalent sanctuaries in Kyoto. Individuals call this hallowed place “Kitano no Tenjin-sama.”

It was built up in 947 by Tajihinoayako, Miwanoyoshitane and Priest Saichin to demonstrate the admiration of Michizane. In 987, Emperor Ichijo worshiped this altar and appeal to God for the peace. He entitled “Kitano Tenmangu Tenjin.” It was exceedingly regarded by the magnificent families from that point forward.

There are 12,000 Tenjin Shrines and a large portion of them are brunched from Kitano Tenman-gu.

Ume, Japanese tree, is connected tree of Michizane. Kitano Tenman-gu is one of the well known Ume spot in Kyoto. There is plum plant that has 50 sorts 1,200 plum trees. From right on time February to center of March, Ume blossoms sprouts. It is prevalent Koyo lushes also.


– Syaden-(National Treasure)

It is Gongen style building developed in 1607 by Toyotomi Hideyori. It demonstrates the component of building style of Momoyama period.

– Sanko mon Gate-

National essential social resource. It has a lovely cutting. It was developed in the same time when Syaden was built, and additionally Higashi mon and Azekura.

Sugawara no Michizane

Michizane is a standout amongst the most acclaimed legislator, researcher and artist, in Heian period. He was conceived in 845. He concentrated hard since he was extremely youthful, and had an extraordinary ability for ballad. Since he turned into a government official from a researcher, and advanced rapidly. In 899, he got to be Udaijin, the head administrator.

Notwithstanding, in 901, under the scheme of Fujiwara tribe, he was downgrade to Dazaifu, that is situated in Kyusyu. After two years, he kicked the bucket there.

In view of his average identity and ability for shrewdness and scholarly capacity, individuals today call him “Tenjin-sama,” and regard him as the divine force of intelligence and training.


There are Seven Mysteries in this sanctum.


Oidoi is an earthwork developed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1591. He manufactured this to secure Kyoto. In Kitano Tenmangu, there is vestiges of Midoi. It is the main very much saved vestiges of Midoi.

Baien, plum cultivate

Open from right on time Feb. to end of March.

Momiji-en, maple garden

Open early Nov. to right on time Dec.

Both greenery enclosure opens from 10:00 to 16:00.

Confirmation: 600 yen for grown-up, 300 yen for children.

Official Web site.http://kitanotenmangu.or.jp/english/


from JR Kyoto station, use local bus to Kitanotenmangu. ( about 30min)


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