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[Facility] Kitano-tenmangu Temple

[Hours] 5:00~18:00(Winter 5:30-17:30)
[Hols] Open all year round

  • Guide Dogs
  • Equipped with Slopes
  • Universal (Wheelchair Friendly) Toilets
Kitano-tenmangu Temple

Kitano-tenmangu Temple

This is the Grand Head shrine dedicated to Sugawara-no-Michizane, now referred to as "Tenjin-san", a Heian-period scholar and statesman who was treated badly by the Fujiwara clan, demoted and sent away from court to a minor posting at Daizaifu in Kyushu, where he died a disappointed man. After that,the Imperial Court had Michizane's spirit enshrined in the Kitano area and that was the start of the Kitano-Tenmangu shrine, where, in line with Michizane's scholarly endeavors, the kami, or god (Tenjin-san), of knowledge, calligraphy and arts is deified. Thus many of the worshippers seek the blessing of the god at exam times or when wanting to improve at some art. As Michizane's birthday and death fell on the 25th, this day each month is celebrated as a festival day with an open-air market in the shrine grounds, to which many visitors flock each month.
The shrine has wide paths and level ground (no steps/ramped steps) to make visits easy for everyone. (Month checked: 2011.Aug, )

Location Bakuro-cho Kamigyo-ku,Kyoto, 602-8386
Tel 075-461-0005
Fax 075-461-6556
Access City Bus kitano-tenmangu-mae Alight and short walk
Charges [Discounts for disabled] Entry to grounds is free
[Charge] Entry to grounds is free
[Parking] 30 buses, 300 cars
25th of each month is Green Day, so there is no parking

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Highlights & Barrier Free Info

Slope at Higashimon gate of Kitano-Tenmangu Shrine

Slope at Higashimon gate of Kitano-Tenmangu ShrineFrom in front of the Higashimon (east) gate, the ground is paved with flagstones as are the grounds, so movement by wheelchair is smooth.

Slope in front of main hall at Kitano-Tenmangu Shrine

Slope in front of main hall at Kitano-Tenmangu ShrineThe slope in front of the Honden hall is quite steep, so it is best to access it at an angle to make the climb easier. Wheelchair users can reach the front of the Shaden hall, but the height of the offertory box may cause viewing problems.

Nade-ushi (rubbing cows) at Kitano-Tenmangu Shrine

Nade-ushi (rubbing cows) at Kitano-Tenmangu ShrineThe nade-ushi (rubbing cows) are located on the left and right of the Sankomon (central) gate (important cultural asset). The cows are positioned at heights that can be reached by wheelchair users, so rub away as you make a wish.

Slope at tower gate of Kitano-Tenmangu Shrine

Slope at tower gate of Kitano-Tenmangu ShrineDetour around the steps of the Romon (tower) gate using a gentle slope on the east side.

Beside Baien (ume tree) Garden in Kitano-Tenmangu Shrine

Beside Baien (ume tree) Garden in Kitano-Tenmangu ShrineHere the Baien Garden spreads out. It is planted with ume trees that were a favorite of this shrine's deity, Sugawara-no-Michizane. When this garden is open to the public, boards are laid down over the gullies to make access possible for wheelchair users. Once in the garden, moving around should be straightforward as long as you avoid the Otoi remains. Also, in the garden is another rubbing cow but this is difficult to reach because of the gaps between the flagstones.

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