Osaka Tenman-gu Shrine is dedicated to Sugawara-no-Michizane and was founded in 1845. Besides the honden, the main shrine, seven other shrines stand in the precincts of Tenman-gu Shrine. Tenman-gu Shrine is called 'Mr. Tenman Tenjin' (Tenman-no-Tenjinsan) by the people of Osaka, showing how they feel a sense of affection to the shrine. The Hoshiai-no-ike pond is located in the northern part of the shrine precincts and you can find the teahouse beside the pond. The pond is surrounded by a grove of Japanese apricot trees that bloom in late February to mid-March. The shrine has other famous places and events. The Toryumon Gates are located on both sides of honden. The Ebisumon Gate is on the southwest of the precincts. Kanko-engi takes place here and is a performance where the life of Sugawara-no-Michizane is reproduced by hakataningyo mannequin.
The Tenjin-matsuri held at the Osaka Tenman-gu Shrine
Tenjin-matsuri, one of the three greatest festivals of Japan is held at the Osaka Tenman-gu Shrine. Several events are held during the period of the festival lasting one month, from late June to July 25th. Famous events during the festival are a yoimiya, a tourist attraction, and a honmiya, a religious service. The main events of the festival are the rikutogyo or land procession, where people carry a portable shrine on their shoulders and walk through the streets of the town and the funatogyo or boat procession, where a portable shrine as well as people get on boats and ferries to take the enshrined deity across the river.
You can visit the Osaka Tenman-gu Shrine by car and train. The closest railway station is Minamimorimachi Station on both the Tanimachi line and the Sakaisuji line of the Osaka Municipal Subway. If you go by car, use the Kitahama exit of the Hanshin Expressway Route 1 Loop Route and turn to the left. There is a free parking area inside the precincts of the shrine.
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Description: Osaka Tenman-gu Shrine
|Sights||Osaka Tenman-gu Shrine (大阪天満宮)|
2-1-8 Tenjin-bashi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 06-6353-0025|
|Closed dates||7 days open|
|Admission Fee||Free admission|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August)
|Recommended target||Family Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|