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Baika-sai Plum Festival

Stroll amongst the bursting plum garden, enjoy an open-air tea ceremony from the geiko and maiko of Kamishichiken district, and the excitement of the Tenjin Market.

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 plum blossom memorial ceremony will be held in the main hall, and events will be held to ward off bad luck. 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. Open-air tea ceremony seating will be set up in the plum blossom on the shrine grounds (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.). The tea ceremony will be performed by geiko and maiko from the nearby Kamishichiken district. 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.

Date & Time

February 25 (Tue), 2020
Open-air tea ceremony: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


City Bus 50, 101, or 111 to "Kitano Tenmangu-mae (Kitano Tenmangu Shrine)"


Tea ceremony ticket: 2,000 yen (includes special exhibition of shrine treasures and an offering for the shrine)


Traditional Festivals