Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

Area North
Category Shrine


Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, located in Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto city, is a Shinto shrine and devoted to Tenjin, a deity of scholarship. ti was built in 947, to appease the angry spirit of scholar-bureaucrat and poet Sugawara no Michizane, who was conferred great responsibility in governmental affairs by Emperor Uda. he had been expatriated to Kyushu because of political maneuvers of his enemies in the Fujiwara clan and died in exile in 903. after his death Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan at that time, suffered from several earthquakes, thunderstorms and outbreak of plague. it was commonly believed that these were caused by his vengeful spirit. Sugawara no Michizane became deified as Tenjin, a deity of scholarship. there are several hundred Shrines dedicated to Tenjin throughout Japan.


Going under the "torii" gate facing Imadegawa-dori street.



There are cows all over the place; they are believed to be messengers of gods in Temmangu shrines.


Passing through the “Romon” gate(two-story gate)(Left) first and then going under the “Sankomon” gate(Central Gate) , an important cultural asset. (Center)… finally “Shaden” (Main building), a national treasure (Right) comes into sight.

Address Bakuro-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Tel 075-461-0005
Open 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Admission Free
URL http://kitanotenmangu.or.jp/english/
Access 5 minute walk from Keifuku Kitano-Hakubai-Cho Station
City Bus Stop Kitano-Tenmangu-Mae

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