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Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

#34 of 1,109 things to do in Kyoto
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Nishijin District
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Address: 931 Bakuro-cho, Kyoto 602-8386, Kyoto Prefecture
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Temple and flea market

We went to this temple before perusing the flea market which is held every 25th of the month. The temple itself is small but the grounds are beautiful and well worth a visit... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

On the 25th of each month a flea market occurs on the premises. A hundred or so stalls containing food (takoyaki, karaage, grilled corn, sweet potato, okonomiyaki, yakisoba and more) and second hand kimono/yukata, antiques and tableware. We had a blast. Make sure you bring plenty of cash or you will regret it! I bought two beautiful antique obi for... More 

Thank Sarah C
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This would have to be our favourite shrine as it was less populated and felt more local than being the usual tourist attraction that other shrines and temples become. A very peaceful surround and garden. This shrine offered a perfect location to relax outside a busy city. The shrine also offers amazing photo opportunities.

Thank mattmulligan2015
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to this temple before perusing the flea market which is held every 25th of the month. The temple itself is small but the grounds are beautiful and well worth a visit. The market was full of old knick knacks and clothes and it was interesting to browse. There is also a good selection of street food to keep... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another shrine worth visiting in Kyoto with beautiful buildings and grounds that create a peaceful ambiance.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not the best temple to see and it probably look nicer in the cherry blossom season.. nothing surprising here

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went because of the flea market that is held on the 25th of each month. The flea market was great and we got some superb deals, especially on used kimonos. But the grounds of the temple were surprisingly impressive considering they aren't on anyone's must see list. Worth a visit if you have time after seeing Kinkakuji which is... More 

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Vigo, Spain
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I read about this temple on internet and was curious, we went to visitand discober a bautiful temple and garden surrounded by a forest right in the middle of Kyoto. Even if the plum trees were lossing their flowers the orchard was still very beautiful, if you want see a beautiful temple less crowded than others go for it.

Thank Ororo_Granger
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful temple with alot to see, you can experience how japanese citizens worship there belief and gods and how everything works. The temple itself was beautiful and i would recommend it to evrybody. It is the most beautiful in the evening!

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is one of the nicest shrines in Kyoto, and though it can be busy, you don't tend to get as many foreign tourists at this site as some of the others, which is something I really like as it helps with my immersion in Japan. The shrine is lovely, during one of my visits there was also a katana... More 

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Reviewed 3 April 2017

I recommend spending a day in northwest Kyoto visiting several shrines and avoiding the more crowded districts and tourist traps. You can read the tales of my adventures in this glorious city in "The Narrow Roads; In Search of Old Japan," which is available on Amazon. Kitano Tenman-Guchi is situated among other worthy temples and if you're willing to walk... 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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