Shrine details

Also close to Nishiki market is the Nishiki Tenman-gū Shrine.

Although the entrance to the shrine is now rather incongruously within a covered shopping street the roots of the shrine go back to the year 1003.


Then a temple called Kanki-ji was built, as well as a shrine to Sugawara no Michizane, the god of learning, was also founded to protect the temple.

The temple and shrine were moved to the center of Kyoto as a part of the reconstruction of Kyoto by the shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

Above these fun little wooden amulets are shaped like a plum and are called Daigan-ume.

It is said that Sugawara no Michizane loved plums, which is why these amulets are shaped like them. You pop your message inside them and hang your wish on the tree.

The god of learning, Sugawara-no Michizane, became one of the highest ranked scholars in the land, so many people visit the shrine in order to achieve academic success.


These cute illustrations show you clearly how to use the water for ritual purification.


Apparently Nishiki Tenmangu is famous for its great water that runs into a stone trough.

The water quality here is so good that it’s said Nishiki Market was build close to this shrine because of it.

I’ll leave you with a few images of my favourite things – wooden Ema and the (by now) obligatory origami crane chains!!

Published by collymarples

World traveller, proud auntie, bit of a liability.

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