The Shinkyogoku shopping arcade in Kyoto is very famous with Japanese as well as foreigners, who come to enjoy the bustling atmosphere, get a bite to eat, hunt for a souvenir or just stroll around and explore the different hooks and nooks of this intriguing place. The arcade is also home to several temples, one shrine and old and historic monuments. One of those places is the Nishiki-Tenmangu Shrine（錦天満宮). There are always many people who come to pray and to invoke from Sugawara Michizane (菅原道真) the spirit of wisdom, study and good business sense. Sugawara was a statesman, scholar, poet and politician of the Heian Period of Japan. At the front entrance of the shrine, on your right, is a statue of the "Petting Cow" said to bring success in one’s studies if you pat the cow on its head. The shrine has a strange well, its depth is about 300 meters and water always springs out from there. According to a survey, the water is tasteless, odourless and germ-free and it is suitable for drinking. You can obtain it free of charge. If you visit this shrine in the evening, you can enjoy the many lanterns that decorate this shrine, they are virtually everywhere and create a special atmosphere.
Category:Travel and Places
Keywords:Japan, Kyoto, Nishiki-Tenmangu Shrine, Shinkyogoku Arcade, Shinto, Sugawara Michizane, 菅原道真, 錦天満宮