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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  • This big area is an interesting place to be. Was visiting this on a special day, overcrowded with local people, particularly families.  more »
  • This temple was a good stop in between the overly touristy temples to get a feel for what an active, in-use piece of history and culture is like. There was a very large number of people seeking good.....  more »
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  • Shrine for success in study and plum blossoms. I visited here in mid Jan and was very happy to find some plum blossoms were already in bloom. Very big, beautiful and elegant shrine.
  • A must in the list. Popular with students who pray there for success in exams.

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