Nagaokatenman-gu Shrine

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Sugawara no Michizane is enshrined here at Nagaoka Tenman-gu Shrine. It is known as the “hard to leave” shrine, expressing the reluctance to leave felt by Sugawara no Michizane. He had made a short visit to the shrine on his way to Dazaifu (Kyushu) where, having been demoted, he was to take on a minor official post.

The Hachijo-ike Pond extends within the shrine precincts, which are known for its scenic beauty. On either side of the approach, which cuts through the middle of the pond, are many Rhododendron bushes said to be about 150 years old (blossoms are at their peak in late April). A walkway in the pond (Suijo Bashi) was completed in 1993, making it possible to see the Rhododendron blooming on the fringe of the pond even more beautifully.

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Postal code:617-0824
15-13 2-chomeTenjin Nagaokakyo City

Time held/open

bridge on the Hachijo-ike Pond9:00-18:00 :April - September9:00-17:00 :October - March


Other: Free


20-minute walk from Nagaokakyo Sta. on the JR Toukaido Line
10-minute walk from Nagaoka Tenjin Sta. on the Hankyu Kyoto Line

Access to Kyoto by the Sea

Access to Kyoto in the Forests

Access to Kyoto Infused with Tea

Access to Kyoto Otokuni Bamboo Grove

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Non-smoking rooms




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Nagaokatenman-gu Shrine


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