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931 Bakuro-cho, Kita, Kyoto 602-8386, Kyoto Prefecture
Nishijin District
+81 75-461-0005
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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

I came here for the flea market which is held on 25th of every month. Arriving at 9 am there were plenty of people, but not too packed. The mixture of stalls & the traditional shrine setting was a feast for the senses. It also...More

Thank Ruth M
Reviewed 5 June 2018

Large shrine and great to see. Our guide did an excellent job describing the history and the traditions of the Shrine and the cow statue.

Thank SkiBikeNorthwest
Reviewed 2 June 2018

We visited in early March, so we got to see the grove of plum tress in bloom. There were hundreds of trees in bloom with white, pink, purple, and red flowers. Admission to the plum grove included kombucha (not the fermented kind, the salty kelp...More

Thank raquel9e
Reviewed 8 April 2018

The shrine is large, but not very different from other shrines. What makes it unique is the market that is happening there every 25th of the month. Street food, antiques, 2nd hand clothing, crafts and many many more for you to explore. Recommended.

Thank good-living-montreal
Reviewed 5 April 2018

I came for the market, which is held on the 25th of the month. It really is one of the best markets I have ever been to, with a huge range of goods. Best are the vintage clothes, which are very good prices.

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Reviewed 20 March 2018

We stopped at the Shrine because we were intrigued by the notion that students seek spiritual support for their studies. And sure enough, when visiting the Shrine there was an abundance of students of all ages! The Shrine itself was colourful and full of activity,...More

Thank Peeter P
Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

We had passed this shrine by bus, earlier in the morning, and what caught our attention was the hoardes of people going to this shrine. So we decided on our way back, and if time permits we would make a stop over. The shrine and...More

Thank Yugeshree
Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

Visited by students to ask for passses in exams. Also for interlectual skills. 1st shrine to a person poet as a deity.

Thank Liam K
Reviewed 13 February 2018

This temple has a very beaufitul plum grove, blooming from Feb-Mar. It's also a pretty spot to see autumn leaves in late November. A lot of people go to this temple to pray for success in their studies & examinations. On 25th of every month,...More

Thank Tote919
Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

It started to snow this morning so the shrine looked like a winter wonderland. The plum tree blossoms are just starting to bloom. What a magical place, so beautiful.

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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
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Robin D
31 August 2017|
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Response from kimibar | Reviewed this property |
About the Tenjin-san flea market, which spreads out in the streets all around the shrine compound, the Discover Kyoto website says that "Though it is held every month, the markets in January and December are the largest." I... More
15 July 2017|
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Response from kara368 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is quite flat and one of the easiest to visit in Kyoto
Cherry M
25 November 2016|
Response from Claire P | Reviewed this property |
We went twice mid-March and they were not yet in full bloom, so I would say no they won't be blooming in Feb.