February 25th is the memorial day of Michizane Sugawara, a Heian-period court officer and deity of the shrine who loved plum flower very much. A special ceremony will be held for console his spirit on this day. On the day, a large scale outside tea ceremony party will also be held which is based on the tea ceremony party called "Kitano Oocha-yu," that Hideyoshi Toyotomi, one of the most powerful samurai lords in the 16th century, held here. Geiko and maiko from nearby Kamishichiken district will serve bowls of tea for visitors. Baika-sai will tell the beginning of spring to Kyoto.
Shrine's treasury will be open to the public on the same day as well as a huge monthly market will be open.
Feb. 25 (Sun.)
Tea ceremony: 10:00-15:00 (as of previous year)
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50 "Kitano Tenmangu-mae"
Ticket for tea ceremony: 1,500 yen (includes special exhibition of shrine treasures and an offering for the shrine)