I traveled to Fukuoka, in mid December. While Fukuoka has an image of gourmet town, it has also tourist spots more than I expected. In this article, I will write about Dazaifu Tenmangu as part of Day 4. As one of the most famous tourist spots in Fukuoka, I saw foreign visitors the most at Dazaifu Tenmangu in this trip.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Fly to Fukuoka with ANA
* Day 1: Ohori Park and Nakasu
* Day 1: Canal City Hakata (Illumination)
* Day 2: Marinoa City Fukuoka
* Day 2: Fukuoka City Museum and Momochi Seaside Park
* Day 2: Fukuoka Tower (Illumination)
* Day 3: Marine World Uminonakamichi
* Day 3: JR Hakata Station
* Day 3: JR Hakata Station (Illumination)
* Day 4: Dazaifu Tenmangu [This article]
* Day 4: Kyushu National Museum
* Day 4: Tenjin (Illumination)
* Day 5: Fukuoka Airport
Breakfast at ANA Crowne Plaza Fukuoka and Workout at Gold’s Gym Hakata Riverain
It was the fourth day of my Fukuoka trip. To begin with, I will have breakfast at ANA Crowne Plaza Fukuoka where I have been staying. It was a buffet-style breakfast and here is what I had today.
After breakfast, I went to “Gold’s Gym Hakata Riverain” following the previous day. I had a workout mainly for the leg today.
In the 4th day, I will visit Dazaifu area where “Dazaifu Tenmangu”, a famous a Shinto shrine, is located. First, I moved from Nakasu area to Tenjin area on foot.
Then, I moved from Tenjin to Dazaifu by Nishitetsu Line.
I arrived at Dazaifu station. The platform had an atmosphere of shrine.
In front of the station, there was an approach leading to the shrine and it was busy with visitors.
There were lots of shops along the path and I had quick bites. First, “Tenzan”, a sweets shop.
I bought “Monaka”, a traditional Japanese confectionery.
Dazaifu is also for “Umegae Mochi”, another traditional Japanese confectionery, and lots of shops sold it.
I bought “Umegae Mochi”.
The end of the approach.
Now, I will go into the precincts.
This red bridge is “Taiko-bashi bridge”.
I will walk through the bridge.
I saw not only Japanese visitors, but also lots of foreign visitors, especially from Asian countries.
This is “Sakura-mon Gate”, which was rebuilt in 1914.
The main shrine was located over “Sakura-mon Gate”.
I was surprised to see a long queue for prayers.
I joined the queue and carried out prayer.
This main hall was originally built in 919, but was burnt down, and the current building was rebuilt in 1591.
I came to the back side of the main hall.
“Ema (votive horse tablets)” were devoted.
In Dazaifu Tenmangu, Sugawara Michizane is honored as the god of learning, so many “Ema (votive horse tablets)” were related to praying to pass examinations for high schools or universities etc.
There was also “Tenkai Inari Shrine” over there and I will visit it.
I walked uphill.
Finally, I reached “Tenkai Inari Shrine”.
I will return.
I went back to the main hall.
The main hall became more crowded, so it might be better to visit it in the early morning.
Then, I will go to another destination in Dazaifu, “Kyushu National Museum”.
That’s it for the article about Dazaifu Tenmangu as part of Day 4.
As one of the most famous tourist spots in Fukuoka, I saw foreign visitors the most at Dazaifu Tenmangu in this trip. The approach to the shrine had a variety of shops, so I think Dazaifu area is a good destination for an excursion from the central area of Fukuoka 🙂
In the next article, I will write about Kyushu National Museum as part of Day 4.
1 ANA Crowne Plaza Fukuoka
2 Gold’s Gym Hakata Riverain
3 Dazaifu Tenmangu
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