KYOTO NIPPON FESTIVAL is a festival meaning to make Japan's culture charm known throughout the world, starting from the Kitano Tenman-gu in Kyoto, Japan's culture capital.
Ever since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were announced, people from all over the world are showing a growing interest in Japan. The event wants to spread the knowledge about music, art, Japanese food, and many other aspects of Japanese culture to every visitor. Choosing Kitano Tenman-gu, the principal Tenman-gu in Japan to celebrate the excellent poet Sugawara no Michizane, we intend to educate and make you curious through many cultural events and projects.
"With this event, we hope that you will be delighted by Japan's beauty and that you'll grab this opportunity to find out more about Kyoto and its historical background."
From Kyoto to the world, from now to the future. A meeting point for tradition and modernity in this new Reiwa period, KYOTO NIPPON FESTIVAL wants to leave a mark in history in the beautiful, millennial city of Kyoto.


Mayor of Kyoto

The National Treasures, reinterpreted!
Famous illustrators are giving the “Illustrated Scroll of the Origin of Kitano Tenjin” their personal remake.
Plus, Hatsune Miku will be sharing with us the most attractive parts of Kyoto.The Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine will be the stage for Kyoto tradition! From Ikebana to more modern collaborations of typical culture and anime...
It's the perfect meeting point for tradition and modernity! I myself can't wait for it!

Event Venue

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

The Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is a shrine built in the northwest section of Kyoto over 1000 years ago. The shrine was built during 947AD by the emperor of the time in honor of Sugawara no Michizane, a scholar and politician who represented the middle Heian period (794 AD – 1185 AD), as well as for the peace of the nation. Ever since, the imperial family, nobles, samurais and commoners alike all visit the shrine to worship. The Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is the very first shrine in Japanese history where an actual person was enshrined as a deity. He is known as the “god of agriculture,” “god of honesty and sincerity,” “god of dispelling false accusations” and “god of performing arts.” However, he is best known for being the “god of academics.” Sugawara no Michizane is a historical figure who read poems at the age of five and wrote Chinese poems at the age of 11. His superior talent is what led to the dissemination of the “Tenjin faith” throughout Japan. There are as many as 12,000 shrines that are dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane in Japan, but the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is the origin and the main shrine. To this day, many students that pray for passing scores on examinations and persons who wish for the improvement of their abilities come here to visit.

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