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Kitano Tenmanguu shrine

Kitano Tenmangu shrineKitano Tenmanguu is a Shinto shrine, and is located about 6 km north-northwest of Kyoto station.
Kinkakuji temple is located about 1.5 km north-northwest of this temple.

This shrine has been enshrined Michizane Sugawara (845-903).
He was an excellent politician and a poet in Kyoto.
But he was fallen for the trick by his political enemy, and was falsely charged. Then he was relegated to current Fukuoka in Kyushu island in 901.
And he died in frustration there in 903.

After his death, various disasters occured in Kyoto. So it was rumored that it was the Michizane's curse.
The government waived his relegation in 923, and built this shrine for him in 947, in accordance with an oracle.

The builgings were rebuilt in 1607.
The main shrine is be designated as a national treasure, and the gates and corridors are designated as important cultural properties.

Michizane had literary genius, so he has been worshiped as the god of academic achievements.
There are many universities and colleges in Kyoto, then a lot of students taking an entrance exam visit here.

Fair is held on the 25th of every month, and many stalls are opened around this shrine.
(Michizane's birthday was June 25th, and the anniversary of his death is February 25th.)

Kitano Tenmangu official website : Select language.

How to get to here

By railroad and route bus

  1. Get off at Nijo station on Tozai Line of subway. Or get off at Nijo station on JR San'in Line.
  2. Get on the route bus with route No. 55 from there. About 10 minutes to Kitano-Tenmangu-mae.

Main shrine
Side fence of main shrine
A corridor
Sankomon gate
Torii gate

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