February 25th is the memorial day of Michizane Sugawara, a Heian-period court officer and deity of the shrine who loved plum flowers very much. During this festival, a special ceremony will be held to console his spirit. There will also be a large-scale outdoor tea party, based on the “Kitano Ochanoyu” tea party once held here by Hideyoshi Toyotomi, one of the most powerful samurai lords in the 16th century. Geiko and maiko from the nearby Kamishichiken neighborhood will serve bowls of tea for visitors. This plum festival heralds the beginning of spring in Kyoto. On the day of the festival, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine's treasure hall will be open to the public, and “Tenjin-ichi,” the large monthly market, will also be underway.
February 25 (Mon), 2019
Tea ceremony: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (As of last year)
City Bus 50 to "Kitano Tenmangu-mae (Kitano Tenmangu Shrine)"
Tea ceremony ticket: 1,500 yen (includes special exhibition of shrine treasures and an offering for the shrine) (As of last year)