Kitano Tenman-gu shrine is known for its plum blossoms, which bloom around February.  To enter the actual plum blossom viewing area, there is a fee, but there are plum blossoms all over the grounds; unless you’re particularly into flower viewing, you don’t necessarily need to enter the area.  We didn’t.

Kitanotenman-gu shrine (北野天満宮), take city bus 50 or 101 from JR Kyoto station.