An unprecedented swords exhibition will be held in Kitano Tenmangū, Kyoto. There will be 40 different swords including national treasures being exhibited in the exhibition.
From January 23rd, there will be a special sword exhibition held in the treasure house of the Kitano Tenmangū (Kamigyō-ku, Kyoto). Half of the 80 swords kept by the Kitano Tenmangū will be shown in this exhibition. Most of the swords haven’t been exhibited yet and it is Kitano Tenmangū’s first time to hold such an exhibition. The five national treasures, Ogre Slayer, also known as Higekiri, Tsunetsugu, Sukemori, Shikou, and Kunihiro, will be placed in a wood box with names on the sword itself and accessories attached to it. It is a historical and also an art piece that’s definitely worth a visit.
A picture of the character Higekiri from the card collection game ‘Touken Ranbu’ welcomes you in front of the treasure house. A lot of people have come to take photos of him.
The katana Ogre Slayer, also known as Higekiri, is a very sharp katana. It is said that when a person chops a criminal’s head down with the katana Higekiri, it will chop their beard too.
These swords shown in the exhibition are swords that people blessed their victory and made the wishes on during the Sengoku period. It is also a maken (magical sword) and a demon blade where the power of Sugawara Michizane is being sealed.
A Shinto priest has also said that “Even though the Kitano Tenmangū is known as a shrine to pray for knowledge at, not a lot of people know that the Kitano Tenmangū has kept 80 different kinds of swords. I think the exhibition was a good chance to get to know more about the deep history of the Kitano Tenmangū.”
No flashlights are allowed in the exhibition.
The Nekomaru is known as the sword for self defence by Sugawara Michizane. It is said that a cat has bumped into this sword hanged vertically and was cut into half.
The long sword Shikou is a gift from Toshiie Maeda who professes Sugawara Michizane as an ancestor.
The pattern on the sword looks very vivid.
The souvenir book (1500 yen) with the vermilion seal of Ogre Slayer (Higekiri) is a hit among visitors.
The plum tree in the Kitano Tenmangū is blooming earlier this year. Visitors will be able to see the plum blossoms in the plum garden half a month earlier than usual. There is around 50 different kinds of plum trees with 1500 red plum and white plum blossoms in the Kitano Tenmangū. Visitor can walk around the shire and enjoy the plums.
There are a lot of plums blooming right now.
The swords exhibition will be on until March 13th, 2016 (Sun). Always open throughout the exhibition period.
Time：9:00 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Entrance Fee：(The plum garden and the sword exhibition all together)
Adult 950 yen、Middle and High School students 900 yen、Elementary student or below 450 yen
More information can be found on the official Kitano Tenmangū page at