Dazaifu travel guide
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
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.
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.
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.
Chozusha, Purification place
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.
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 was opened in 2005 in Dazaifu-city next to Dazaifu Tenmangu
Shrine, as Japan’s fourth national museum after Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara.
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).
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
|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
|Population||72,000 Population density 2,400|
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