A small shrine surrounded by a ceiling of cherry blossoms

Suika Tenmangu Shrine, located in northwest of the Kyoto Imperial Palace was built in 923 at the request of Emperor Daigo, and is said to be the oldest Tenmangu Shrine in Japan. The shrine enshrines Sugawara no Michizane as its deity, and is believed to be a shrine that protects against water and fire disasters. In the precincts of the shrine, there is a stone called “Tamagoishi,” which is used to pray for safe delivery, and “Kinryusui,” which is said to be effective for eye diseases.

The small precincts of the shrine are covered with weeping cherry trees. When you look up and you will see cherry blossoms all over. The beautiful sight of the gorgeous pink blossoms is breathtaking.

You can enjoy the cherry blossoms for almost a month as two kind of weeping cherry trees bloom at different times. The precinct is open all day long, so you can see the different expressions of the cherry blossoms at different times of the day, such as early in the morning and at dusk.


Suika Tenmangu Shrine(水火天満宮)

Address : Ogicho 722-10, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto 602-0071

Access : 10-minute walk from Kuramaguchi Station on the subway Karasuma line

Admission : Free

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