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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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  • It is plum blossom season now. The scenery is beautiful. It has night illuminations as well, started in Feb. This is a yearly event when you can enjoy the plum blossom view at night. I came during the day. It is equally beautiful. I paid the ticket for 1000 Yen. In exchange we will get a package of tea and wagashi (japanese sweets). Inside the park, there are many bench where we can sit and enjoy our tea.
  • Nice place for watching autumn leaves, relaxing walking in the park with beautiful red bridges, calm corners with benches. The entrance fee is 1000 yen, which includes one sweet and a cup of tea.

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