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Friday 8 July 2016

Kitano Tenmangu and the Kitano Odori

Kitano Tenmangu
One of the things my Mum really wanted to do while she was here was to go and see a Geisha dance, so we went to see one at the Kamishichiken theatre called the Kitano Odori. It was amazing, but of course it was Geisha and theatre so we couldn't take photos. I would super recommend going to see a Geisha dance performance if you can though! They performed dances and also a theatre piece which reminded me a little of Kabuki, except the Japanese was more understandable and it was really funny. We booked the tickets through the Kyoto tourist information centre in JR Kyoto station- the staff there were so helpful! If you don't know how to book theatre tickets or things like that, go there and the staff will do it for you! 

After the theatre, we had a look around a shrine that has long been on my 'Kyoto bucket list': Kitano Tenmangu! Kitano Tenmangu is famous for its plum blossoms, which were over, but it's still a large and really pretty shrine to have a look around. There were lanterns everywhere, and the shrine architecture was gorgeous! It was a little more subtle than the usual bright red of shrines like Fushimi Inari Taisha or Heian Jingu. Some of the roofs were pretty old, and had tonnes of moss growing off them. It was also pretty quiet when we went (although I don't know if that's to do with the fact that it was about to rain) I'd super recommend going to see it!

You can get to Kitano Tenmangu by taking the 50 or 101 bus (which also goes to Kinkakuji, so it's sometimes a little crowded). You could stop off there on the way to Kinkakuji~

Kitano Tenmangu lanterns

Kitano Tenmangu lanterns

Kitano Tenmangu shrine

Shrine lantern

Kitano Tenmangu shrine

Kyoto Kitano Tenmangu

lanterns Kitano Tenmangu

Plum blossom Kitano Tenmangu

Kitano Tenmangu

Ema Kyoto

Kitano Tenmangu

Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed~
Why not check out some more Kyoto posts? Fushimi Inari Taisha at night// Sakura at Toji// Higashiyama and Hanami// Kinkakuji

-Amy xoxo

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