Kitano Tenmangu

Photo: Shozo Fujii / JT

Known for its academic blessings, Kitano Tenmangu is a Shinto shrine in Kyoto’s Kamigyo ward that is dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, an influential scholar and politician. The shrine was built in 947 AD and is Japan’s first shrine to enshrine an actual person as a deity. Although there are numerous shrines throughout Japan dedicated to Michizane who is mainly known as a god of academics, Kitano Tenmangu is the original one.



Bakurocho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto (Directions)


5:30 - 17:30 Open Now

Opening Hours

Monday 5:30 - 17:30
Tuesday 5:30 - 17:30
Wednesday 5:30 - 17:30
Thursday 5:30 - 17:30
Friday 5:30 - 17:30
Saturday 5:30 - 17:30
Sunday 5:30 - 17:30
Holidays 5:30 - 17:30


Free entry

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There are city buses running frequently from Kyoto station to the Kitano Tenman-gu-mae bus stop, which would cost you around ¥230 and will take around 30 minutes.

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