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Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine

Dazaifu Tenmangu Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine is a Shinto shrine, and is located about 15 km southeast of Fukuoka city.

Michizane Sugawara (845-903) was a politician with talent of poem and literature.
He distinguished himself as one of the excellent government officials at a young age, and moved up the promotional ladder.
But in 901, he was gotten involved in a political battle, then some critics tricked him into committing a crime of which he knew nothing.
In the result, Michizane was demoted and transferred from Kyoto, the capital city, to Dazaifu, a remote area in Japan at the times.

And he died at this remote land in 903.

After his death, people tried to send his body to Kyoto by cow carriage.
But the cow carrage was unable to move at the end of Dazaifu area.
People thought that the soul of Michizane hoped to stay in Dazaifu.
Then, his body was buried in Dazaifu and a mausoleum was built there in 905.

Later, a series of evil phenomena such as plague outbreak and abnormal climate occured in Kyoto.
Kyoto citizens thought of the phenomena as Michizane's curse, so they trembled with fear.

So the government built this shrine on the Michizane's tomb in 919, and Kitano Tenmangu shrine for his soul was built in Kyoto in 947.

Since the Middle Ages, this shrine had been worshiped as the god of lerning, because he was an excellent scholar.
Every year, many students taking an entrance exam visit here.

There is an old Ume (Japanese apricot) tree named "Tobi-ume" near Honden (Main Shrine).
"Tobi-ume" means "flying ume". It is said that the ume tree in Michizane's residence in Kyoto flew to here in a night after his demotion.
I guess the story is a fiction, but it is said that the ume tree is over 1,000 years old.
Tobi-ume tree is in full bloom in mid-February every year.

In connection with the ume, "Umegae-mochi", a mochi cake filled with sweet bean jam, is the local confection of this shrine.

Dazaifu Tenmangu official website

Kyushu National Museum /1/

Kyushu National Museum It is a national museum located to the southeast of Dazaifu Tenmangu.
It was opened in 2005, and introduces the Japanese culture considering the perspective of Asian history.
There are many old pictures and artifacts created in Japan and China associated with Kyushu Island.

Kyushu National Museum official website

Komyozenji temple /2/

Komyozenji It is a Buddhist temple of Rinzai zen sect near the entrance of Dazaifu Tenmangu.
It was founded in 1273, and was the temple for the families serving Dazaifu Tenmangu.
It has a Japanese Garden using mosses, so this temple is called "Koke-dera".

Kanzeonji temple /3/

Kanzeonji It is a Buddhist temple of Tendai school, and is located about 2 km southwest of Dazaifu Tenmangu.
It was founded in 746 by Emperor Tenchi (626-672).
By 1630, all original buildings were destroyed by fire or storm, and the current buildings were rebuilt since that.
But the temple bell is one of the oldest ones in Japan, along with Myoshinji's in Kyoto and Taimadera's in Nara Prefecture, and it is designated as a national treasure.
And this temple houses many Buddha statues designated as national important cultural properties.

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How to get to here

By railroad

By Nishitetsu Line, about 15 minutes from Nishitetsu-Fukuoka (Tenjin) to Nishitetsu-Futsukaichi.
Then by Dazaifu Line of Nishitetsu, about 5 minutes from Nishitetsu-Futsukaichi to Dazaifu.
About 5 minutes walk to the shrine.

Approach to Dazaifu Tenmangu
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Entrance of Dazaifu Tenmangu
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Roumon gate
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Main shrine
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Tobi-ume tree Umegae-mochi
Kyushu National Museum
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Inside of Kyushu National Museum
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Komyozenji Japanese garden in Komyozenji
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Kondo in Kanzeonji
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