The Tenjin Market is held every month on the 25th, an auspicious day. The 25th is related to the birth of Sugawara no Michizane, a Heian period scholar and the festival god, and also to his death on February 25th. On this day, the shrine grounds will be full of people and stalls from early in the morning at 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. at night. Following To-ji Temple's Kobo Market, the Tenjin Market is the next largest such event in Kyoto, full of antiques, old furniture, secondhand clothes, and more. On this day, the shrine grounds will be lit up at sunset, and visitors can enjoy the mystical sight of the Main Hall, a National Treasure, and the other shrine buildings seemingly to float in the darkness. January's Tenjin Market is known as "Hatsu Tenjin," and December's is known as "Shimai Tenjin," and these two markets are especially lively.
February 25 (Tue), 2020
City Bus 50 to "Kitano Tenmangu-mae (Kitano Tenmangu Shrine)" bus stop
Free within the shrine grounds (Fee for viewing shrine buildings is required separately)
Treasure Hall: 800 yen (May change depending on season)
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