Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
Kitano Tenman-gu exercises control over the Tenman-gu shrines all over Japan. These enshrine Sugawara Michizane, who has been worshipped in Japan since ancient times as the god or patron saint of scholarship. During the season of college and university entrance examinations, the shrine is always crowded with people praying that they will pass their exams. Chu-mon (the gate located between Nandai-mon and the main buildings), also called Sanko-mon, is designated by the national government as an Important Cultural Property. The front shrine inside the precinct, which is the building used by pilgrim to the shrine, as well as the main structure, which enshrines the deity, and the Ishi-no-Ma, were built in the 17th century. All are designated as National Treasures. Many of the other buildings of the shrine are designated as Important Cultural Properties. Cultural properties housed in these buildings are displayed to the public during the festivals held here once a month. With the many plum trees which grow in the garden, the shrine is famous as a place for viewing plum blossoms.
Address: Bakuro-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee: Free in the shrine precincts Houmotsu-den (Treasury Hall): 300 yen (regular fee)
Closed: Please check the website
[Bus]JR Kyoto Stn./Bus/30-min. ride/Kitanotenmangu-mae Stop/1-min. walk