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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. The shrine is the headquarter shrine of 12,000 Tenmangu

shrines in Japan. 



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

main hall which was constructed 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.





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.



General information  

Address 4-7-1 Zaifu, Dazaifu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture

5 minutes walk from Nnishitetsu Dazaifu station

30 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka Airport

30 minutes by a vehicle from JR Hakata station

Open hours

January 1 to 3 : 0:00 to 24:00

January 4 to May 19 : 6:30 to 18:00

March 20 to 31 : 6:00 to 18:30

April 1 to May 31 : 6:00 to 19:00

June 1 to Auguast 31 : 6:00 to 19:30

September 1 to 22 : 6:00 to 19:00

September 23 to November 30 : 6:30 to 19:00

December 1 to 30 : 6:30 to 18:30

December 31 : 6:30 to 24:00

Admission fee No fee is required
Days closed No closing days


 - Dazaifu travel guide