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Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine

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Nishijin District
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Address: 931 Bakuro-cho, Kyoto 602-8386, Kyoto Prefecture
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Popular With Japanese Students

This Temple you will see many Japanese students, pay respect to this God will suppose help them to improve grade and pass examination etc, the Ox statue also very special, was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 December 2016
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Lennox Head, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not many tourists come to the Kitano Tenman-gu shrine. Whereas the locals are here in force. Students pray for good results. The prayers bells, the clapping and the sound of money hitting the wooden containers is ceaseless. There is a long line up to pray and so much for we foreigners to observe.

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takaratsuka city hyogo japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

not easy to visit all in kyoto, even,if i lived in kyoto for 6 years and i am going once a week, if i am in Japan still a lot to see. but this beautiful shirine i sure remember.

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

This Temple you will see many Japanese students, pay respect to this God will suppose help them to improve grade and pass examination etc, the Ox statue also very special, was told if one have sickness of certain part of the body, just touch the same part at the Ox miracle happens, believe or not? kind of fun, many tree... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Beautiful grounds with interesting moss-covered trees and little niche plantings that demand photo-taking. (We live in the desert, so green and moss are very appealing ;-) Terrific Fall Colors, too, Many, many different statues of Bulls: perfect for the Zodiacal Taurus in your life!

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Thank brad W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We went during autumn leaves season, the garden was very nicely organized, it was a treat to the eyes. We were able to see a demonstration of traditional drumming which was interesting. The shrine itself is pretty small, but still worth a visit, especially every 25th of the month since there's a flea market.

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Chicago Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

You can feel the history at Kitano. Look at the beautiful wood carvings on the gates (mons). Look at the students (and their parents) come in with a wish for better education. Walk through the fine museum. And lastly walk through the historic entertainment district with great old buildings on the south side of the shrine.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Tenman-gu Shrine in northwest Kyoto has a 1,000 year history and is expansive. The plum blossom festival on February and a garden home to 250 maple trees for magnificent viewing during the autumn "momoji" season. If you only have 2-3 days in Kyoto, you would be focusing on the main icons. This is national treasure worth visiting on an extended... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We visited here twice for koyo. Ginkgo was the source of foliage on our first visit. Initially, we did not pay to go into the momiji grove (ume in spring). The grounds are free, the garden/grove is not. 
The long entrance path lined with lanterns under arching trees provided several photos ops, but no color. We knew the plum grove... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

This Shrine is less famous hence much less tourist and mostly local visiting only. This is free to public and I believe that there is flea market once a month in the vicinity of the shrine. This is between Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji so you can stop by on the way there. Take 101 bus from Nijo castle and get... More 

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Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Bus 101 from Kyoto bus station (outside Kyoto Station) Takes you directly to this shrine. It is quite a long way but this is an express bus which does not stop at every stop. It took about 2o minutes. The shrine is well spread out and has trees and shading so can be pleasant on a hot day. Seemingly, on... More 

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Nishijin District
A district with a long textile heritage, ancient Kyoto is still alive in the Nishijin District. Studded with its weaving factories, tea houses, and onsen, the neighborhood is charming and peaceful with a self-possessed air. Less traveled than other parts of the city, it is a district where you can take it at your own pace. Visitors can explore the many weaving and cloth houses, the free kimono shows, and the many shops selling traditional clothing and goods. Showcasing architecture with sloping roofs and wooden reliefs dating to decades past, the streets in the Nishijin District transport you back in time, making them a joy to wander.
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