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Dazaifu

 

Historical place Dazaifu 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 itself.  The most popular tourist destination is Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

 


 

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

 Entrance Gate  Main Building of Shrine Shamusho, Shrine office 
 

 

Approach to the Shrine

Torii Gate  Approach path Approach path 
     

 

Starbucks at Approach path    
 

 

Daruma doll Gourd Ema tablet

 

Sacred Cow Entrance Bridge Chozusha, Purification place

 

Plum Blossoms

 

Umegae-mochi

 

Kyushu National Museum Komyozen-ji temple   Site of Dazaifu Government Office  

 

Location of Dazaifu

 

 


 

General information

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

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

 

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

 

 

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine built on the site of grave of Sugawara Michizane, who is deified as

Tenjin-sama, or the god of scholarship.

 

The prescient contain two ponds, an arched bridge, treasure house, and the cypress-bark-roof main

hall which was rconstructed in 1591 and registered as important Cultural Property.

 

Standing to the right side of main hall in a sacred plum tree known as the “flying plum” , which has

been worshipped as the symbol of the shrine.

Within the Shrine nature precinct are many plum trees, camphor tree, and irises, which provide

nature beauty in every season of year.

 


 

Kyokusui-no-en

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 (waka) Festival, and Jinko-shiki (Annual God-Procession Festival) which takes place in the Autumn.

 


 

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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.

 

Dazaifu is the place where played important role as an administrative center and a center for trade

with China and Korea since 1300 years ago, therefore the concept of the museum is decided

“Interpreting the formation of Japanese culture from the perspective of Asian history”.

 

 


 

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Komyozen-ji temple

 

Komyozen-ji temple is 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.

 

 


 

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Site of Dazaifu Government Office

 

Site of Dazaifu Government Office is known as TOFURO 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).

 

 In those days, a great edifice with vermillion columns and tiled roof stood at the foot of Mt. Ono, but

today all that remains is a park containing the huge foundation stones of the original building.

 

 


 

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Kyokusui-no-en

 
Kyokusui-no-en is a Japanese traditional ceremony held at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine on the
first Sunday of March, a purification ceremony on a winding stream, is performed by ladies and
gentlemen in a ceremonial court robe under the plum blossoms in full-bloom.
 
 
After the Tobiume-no-mai dance by shrine maidens, Kyokusui-no-En Festival begins.
Vermilion-lacquered cups full of
sake are set afloat down the stream
Before the cups reach each of the participants sitting along the stream, they have to make up

a Japanese poem called waka, and write it down on a strip of fancy paper.
When the cups reach the participants, they drink the
sakeand hand the paper strip and cup over

to an attendant.

The ceremony has its origin in a historical fact that Ono-no-Yoshifuru, an elder brother of a

noted-calligrapher Ono-no-Tofu, held a ceremony to appease the soul of Michizane Sugawara and

to beguile tedious hours in a rural life.

 

 

 


 

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Futsukaichi Onsen

  

Futsukaichi is the nearest hot-spring town from Fukuoka-city.

Its public baths are grouped together in the old main street, favoured by traditionalists, 

Gozen-yu is the most characteristic.

 

 


 

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