Kitano tenman-gu was founded in 947. It is the largest shrine to appease Sugawara no Michizane, an aristocrat, poet and politician of the Heian period (794-1185). More than ten thousands existing shrines belong to Kitano tenman-gu, and Michizane is considered as a deity of knowledge.
Fujiwara clan, a dominant clan in politics during the Heian period, later renovated the shrine. In 987, the shrine received Imperial patronage, and Ichijo emperor played its central role. From 1871 to 1946, Kitano tenman-gu stood as the second rank government supported shrines.
Spring has just arrived in Kyoto! One of the best known places for plum viewing in Kyoto is certainly Kitano tenman-gu. More than 3,000 plum trees overwhelm visitors.
Kitano tenman-gu is certainly the place for the first flower shooting of the year! The architecture of the shrine is gracefully decorated by colours of the flowers and that changes the entire appearance of the shrine. No wonder the shrine attract a large numbers of photographers.