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Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Kyoto

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Pay a visit to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, a significant Shinto shrine known for its thousands of red and white plum blossom trees. The shrine, founded in the 10th century, is dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, an exiled scholar and poet who had a love for plum trees and featured them often in his famous poems. Stroll through the plum and maple groves and admire the temple building, which can get crowded due to its popularity with students, who come to pray for success in exams. Make Kitano Tenmangu Shrine a centerpiece of your Kyoto vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool.
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  • Shrine dedicated to students who come to pray to have success in their up coming exams. There is also a nice park to enjoy especially during the momijis season in fall. 
    Shrine dedicated to students who come to pray to have success in their up coming exams. There is also a nice park to enjoy especially during the momijis season in fall.  more »
  • Our guide told us that when he was a student he came to this shrine to pray he'd pass his exams. He said that the cows gave learning and that they could also heal. My back was hurting that day so... 
    Our guide told us that when he was a student he came to this shrine to pray he'd pass his exams. He said that the cows gave learning and that they could also heal. My back was hurting that day so...  more »
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  • This is where many Kansai students come as the god of the exam. It is common to write and dedicate the school of your choice to the votive tablet. When I went, the votive tablet for the examination was sold for 800 yen. Since there are many worshipers, it is necessary to be careful to prevent virus infection. Please go by all means. It's delicious to have. Please note that the toilet is only Japanese style.
  • Recent pictures from Feb 24, 2022. 梅の花 are gorgeous in February. The hand purification basin usually has a nice flower arrangement. It was decorated beautifully and full of colour for July 7 holiday.

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