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A historical side trip from Fukuoka


Dazaifu served as the regional government of the island of Kyushu from the 8th to the 12th centuries. It hosted the embassies of neighboring countries, such as China and Korea, and grew to be one of the military centers of Japan.

Today Dazaifu is a small and quiet town surrounded by historical sites, making it a great tourist spot near Fukuoka specially for a one-day trip.

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

Free 6:00 - 19:00

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is one of Japan's most important Tenmangu Shrines. Tenmangu Shrines are dedicated to the memory of Michizane Sugawara, a well known scholar which is associated to Tenjin, or "the God of learning". The shrine was built on the site of his grave and spans over 12Km2, featuring several structures.

The mail hall, or Honden, is the Shrine's main attraction and it's registered as an Important Cultural Property. It was was originally built in 905, expanded a few years later and ultimately rebuilt in 1591 A.D., after a fire destroyed it. Other remarkable features include a treasure house, two ponds and a stone bridge.

Komyozenji Temple

200¥ 8:00 - 17:00

The Komyozenji is a Zen Temple founded by the Rinzai Budhism school in 1273, during the Kamakura Period. It is famous for its two rock gardens: the front one is formed by several stones arranged in the shape of the Kanji character of "light" , while the back one represents an artificial sea made of moss, with scattered white pebbles acting as small islands.

Komyozenji is popularly visited during early summer, in order to enjoy the abundant rhododendron flowers, and during fall to contemplate its reddish autumn colors of the maple trees.

Kyushu National Museum

420¥ 9:30 - 17:00

Kyushu National museum is one of the 4 National Museums in Japan, together with Tokyo, Nara and Kyoto's. It was founded in 2005 under the unique concept of "Understanding Japanese culture from an Asian point of view", following Dazaifu's history of diplomatic relations with Asia and focusing its expositions mainly on Asian cultural exchange.


Hakata Station

Subway Kuko Line
5 min. 200¥


5 min.

Nishitetsu Fukuoka

Nishitetsu Tenjin-Omuda Line
20 min. *shared*

Nishitetsu Futsukaichi

Nishitetsu Dazaifu Line
8 min. 400¥



All of the main attractions described are located within a short walk from Dazaifu Station and can be fully explored on foot.