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Plum blossoms Ume Japan 2019 梅: At Kitano Tenmangu shrine Baien garden 梅苑

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Overview

  • Sping in Japan always reminds us of cherry blossom Sakura but we enjoy plum blossom/Ume before it blooms.
  • Kitano Tenmangu shrine is one of the most famous place to admire Ume in Kyoto.
  • Kitano Tenmangu and its Baien garden have 50 kinds, 1500 plum trees.
  • Baien garden is open to public in February and March. We cannot tell exact date because the shrine opens the garden depending on bloom of Ume. In 2019, it opens on Feb. 8th.
  • Night illumination in Baien garden is held on week-ends (FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS, and SUNDAYS) from February 22nd to March 17th.
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Plum blossom and Japan

北野天満宮の梅苑北野天満宮の梅

As you Know, Sakura is the most famous flower in spring time in Japan. On the other hand, we admire Ume/plum blossom before Sakura/cherry blossom. Ume is not indigenous to Japan. It was brought to our country from China in Nara period (710 – 794). In Manyoshu, the oldest Waka compilation, has many poem on Ume. In that period, the word “flower” was equivalent to “Ume.”

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Kitano Tenmangu shrine and plum blossom

北野天満宮の梅

Kitano Tenmangu enshrines Sugawara no Michizane. He was a court noble in Heian period. He was so prosperous that his political rival Fujiwara no Tokihira ousted him to Dazaifu (Fukuoka prefecture) by false accusation.

Michizane had cherry blossom, pine, and plum trees in the garden of his residence. On the day he left Kyoto to Dazaifu, he missed these trees. He loved the blossoms of the tree especially and he composed a poem: “東風吹かば にほひをこせよ 梅花 主なしとて 春を忘るな” It means ” O plum blossoms! I’m leaving you but spring shall be with you! To me, bring the fragrance of you on the wind to the west (Dazaifu is located west to Kyoto)!

北野天満宮の梅 

After he had gone, the cherry tree withered. The pine tree tried to follow him but failed. Only the blossoms of the plum tree flew away to Dazaihu to see him. We can find the blossm tree in front of the main hall of Kitano tenmangu shrine today. The blossoms flew to Dazaifu gave birth to Goshinboku tree in Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine.

北野天満宮の吊り灯籠【2017】京都の雪景色 北野天満宮shinto priest in snow北野天満宮の吊り灯籠

Due to this story, there are about 1500 plum trees in Kitano Tenmangu shrine and we can see Baimon (crest of Ume) crest of the shrine anywhere in the shrine.

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The plum blossoms in Kitano Tenmangu shrine

Beni Wakon Bai 紅和魂梅

北野天満宮の紅和魂梅北野天満宮の梅 

The Goshinboku tree of Kitano Tenmangu shrine. Goshinboku is a tree Shinto Deity descends to. It is believed that the blossoms of it flew away to Michizane.

As you like おもいのまま

北野天満宮の梅 思いのまま北野天満宮の梅 おもいのまま

In one branch, there are pink and white flowers bloom at the same time.

北野天満宮おもいのまま

Some flowers have both colors on one flower.

Unryubai 雲龍梅

北野天満宮初梅2018北野天満宮の雲龍梅

Behind the main hall, there is a sub-shrine called Oimatsu sha. In front of it, there is a Unryu bai trees. Its zigzag branches reminds us of dragon. Dragon is a Deity of water in Japan. Unryu means “Dragon in crowd” and bai means “plum blossom.”

Kankobai 寒紅梅

【2017】京都の雪景色 北野天満宮【2017】北野天満宮の初梅

 

【2017】京都の雪景色 北野天満宮【2017】京都の雪景色 北野天満宮

In front of the ox, you’ll find them.

Tsukino katsura 月の桂

北野天満宮 月の桂北野天満宮 白梅

The most popular Ume in Kitano Tenmangu shrine. The first photo is Tsukuno Katsura and the other is Hakubai (white Ume). See the difference.

Kokubai 黒梅

北野天満宮 黒梅

It blooms in bright red.

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Plum blossom Gallery

Around the main hall

北野天満宮の雲龍梅

Unryubai buds. Plum blossom has tiny buds usually.

北野天満宮の寒紅梅北野天満宮の寒紅梅

Kankobai in snow.  Plum blossoms in snow are so amazing. Especially red ones. I suppose we don’t expect snow in this winter.

北野天満宮の梅北野天満宮の梅北野天満宮の梅

Ume may look like all the same but they are different in color and the ways they bloom.

Baien garden

北野天満宮の梅苑北野天満宮の梅苑

北野天満宮の梅苑北野天満宮の梅

Kitano Tenmangu has a huge Baien garden. It is not open to public. We can pay a visit there only in February and March. In 2019, it will open in Feb. 8th. Every year, around the 2nd week of March is the best time to visit.

 

北野天満宮の梅苑北野天満宮梅苑の御茶菓子

Entrance fee is 700 yen.  In the tea house in the garden, Ume tea and Senbei are served. The entrance fee includes the bill of them.

北野天満宮梅苑お茶席メニュー

If you’d like, you can enjoy other foods and drinks.

北野天満宮の梅苑

There are benches to admire the blossoms in the garden.

 

北野天満宮の椿

You also enjoy Tsubaki, the Japanese camellia.

 

北野天満宮御土居の梅北野天満宮御土居の梅

In the area of Kitano Tenmangu shrine, there is debris of Odoi. Odoi was a kind of wall resembled river bank. It surrounded ancient Kyoto city.  There is a stream and many plum trees are planted along it.

The pink line indicates Baien.

Date Feb 8th~late March

Open hours:10 a.m.~16 p.m.

It is different from the open hour of Kitano Tenmangu shrine

Entrance fee Adult(Over 13 years old: 700 yen Child: 350 yen

Website:Kitano Tenmangu official (English)

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Night illuminatiohn of Baien 梅苑ライトアップ

In 2018

北野天満宮梅苑ライトアップ北野天満宮梅苑ライトアップ

北野天満宮梅苑ライトアップ北野天満宮梅苑ライトアップ

Kitano Tenmangu has night illumination of plum blossoms. Kitano Tenmangu is the only place to admire the illumination of candles.

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We cannot expect night illumination with candles any other places!

北野天満宮梅苑ライトアップ2019対策/Night illumination at Kitano Tenmangu
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たけちよ

Be there virtually!

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Wadaiko performance

北野天満宮梅苑ライトアップ天神太鼓奉納/Japanese drums performance at Kitanotenmangu

Today (March 2nd), Kitano Tenjin Taikokai dedicated their Japanese traditional drum performance to the Deity of Kitano Tenmangu shrine. Enjoy it!

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Chogoro mochi 長五郎餅

長五郎餅長五郎餅の火鉢

Near the East gate of Kitano Tenmangu shrine, there is a small tea house of Chogoro mochi. By March 25th, it opens on every weekend. Moch is rice cake. This Chogoro mochi was served at Kitano Daisanoe in 1587. It is a legendary tea party held by Toyotomi Hedeyoshi at Kitano Tenmangu shrine. With Macha, 580 yen. The tea house is so warm thanks to Hibachi (the second photo). The charcoal gives out heat.

長五郎餅 TOP
京都・北野天満宮の縁日になると決まって現れる一人の老人がいた、境内の出店の者に小さな餅(もち)を5、6個売ると去って行く。どこから来てどこへ帰るのか誰も知らない。 薄い餅皮にあんを包んだ上品な餅で、次第に評判になった。ある時、一人が老人に尋ねると「河内屋長五郎」と名乗った。
やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Sorry, Japanese language only!

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2019 Japanese Plums in Kitano tenmangu shrine

February 9th

雲龍梅照水梅

Unryubai in front of Oimatsu sha and Shosui bai over the ox (ウッシーくん) bloom well.

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How to get to Kitano Tenmangu shrine?


Kyoto city bus: Kitano Tenmangu mae bus stop.

Randen: Kitano Hakubaicho station

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About Kitano Tenmangu shrine

  • Phone 
  • Website Kitano Tenmangu official (English)
  • Entrance fee: Free
  • Open hours: 5:00-18:00
  • Baien opens: From February 8th
  • Night illumination: On week-ends (FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS, and SUNDAYS) from February 22nd to March 17th.
  • Night illumination hours: Twilight~20:00
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