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Dazaifu travel guide

  • Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

Dazaifu is the highly recommended tourist destination near Fukuoka-city. Must visit place

is Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine dedicated to the deity of lerning. Dazaifu is a historical place,

about 1300 years ago, in Dazaifu, there was a government office to manage the entire

Kyushu  for a long period of 500 years at the present  Dazaifu. There are numbers of

historical sites which reflect to the ancient history of Dazaifu, including ruins of the Dazaifu 




Where to visit  


Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

The Shrine dedicated to the deity of learning. Many Japanese visit the Shrine to pass the

examination successfully. Built on the site of grave of Sugawara Michizane, who is deified

as the Deity of scholarship.

   Entrance Gate

    Main Building of Shrine

    Shamusho, Shrine office 


Shrine Approach path  

The road leading to the Shrine is lined with many souvenir shops unique to Japan including

Starbucks and Umegae mochi shops.

     Torii Gate 

     Approach path

     Approach path 


Starbucks at Approach path

The restaurant was designed by renown architecture designer Kengo Kuma in 2011. The

concept of the design is Harmony of Modern and traditional by natural material; 2000 cedar

timber is assembled in a traditional wood structure without using nails. Enjoy the luxurious

time in the warmth of wood and the scent of coffee.



    Daruma doll


     Ema tablet


   Sacred Cow

    Entrance Bridge

   Chozusha, Purification place


Plum Blossoms


Umegae-mochi, local speciality

Umegae-mochi rice cake is a specialty of Dazaifu; rice cake filled with sweet bean paste, stamped

in the shape of plum blossom and baked lightly.


Featured restaurant, Shoseikan

The restaurant is located right behind the Dazaifu Shrine.



Komyozen-ji temple

The Zen temple famous for its beautiful stone garden. It was built during the Kamakura period

just next to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine and is within walking distance of Nishitetsu Dazaifu station.


Kyushu National Museum

Kyushu National Museum was opened in 2005 in Dazaifu-city next to Dazaifu Tenmangu

Shrine, as Japan’s fourth national museum after Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara.



Site of Dazaifu Government Office

Government site of Ancient Kyushu, Known as TOFURO, the site was used during the Nara

(710 to 794 AD) and Heian (794 to 1185 AD) period. The Dazaifu was responsible for supervising

Japan’s maritime frontier, as well as for administering the nine provinces and two island of the 

Saikaido (modern Kyushu).


Featured festival  



Tenmangu’s history is recalled by events such as the New Years Exorcism, Fire Festival

(Oni-sube),  Kyokusui-no-en that means Spring Water Poetry Festival, and Jinko-shiki

(Annual God-Procession Festival) which takes place in the Autumn.


 Location of Dazaifu  




General information  

Address City hall : 1-1-1 Kanzeonji Dazaifu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture

30 minutes by car using Fukuoka Urban Express Way from Fukuoka-city

35 minutes by Nishitetsu train from Tenjin (Fukuoka) to Dazaifu

Transportation Nishitetsu train
Population 72,000   Population density 2,400


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