Dazaifu Tenmangu

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Dazaifu Tenmangu (太宰府天満宮) is Tenman Shrine located in Fukuoka. It is the top of all Tenman Shrines. Tenman Shrine enshrines Sugawara no Michizane who is the god of education and wisdom. Therefore, many visitors worship Dazaifu Tenmangu for their educational success in school. About 7 million visitors worship every year.

Visitor’s info.
There is no parking but many public parking around. There is resroom.
Open: 6:00 (the middle of March to the middle of September) other 6:30.
Close: 20:00 June 1 to August 31. other 19:00

0. at Hakata Station.
1. use Fukuoka Subway to Tenjin (6 min.).
2. use Nishitetsu Fukuoka Line to Nishitetsu-Futsukaichi (17 min.)
3. use Nishitetsu Dazaifu Line to Dazaifu (7 min.)
4. walk east (10 min.)

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Map around Dazaifu Tenmangu

Detailed Travel Guide

Enshrines Sugawara no Michizane.

Dazaifu Tenmangu is located on the grave of Sugawara no Michizane who is considered as the god of the education and wisdom today. Mihizane was born in Kyoto in 845. He was very genius since he was very young. He succeeded as Scholar, politician and writer. He became the Minister of the Right in Japanese imperial court, but later he was politically lost his position and demotioned to Dazaifu.

He was moved to Dazaifu and died in 903. When he died, his body was carried by a cow-cart. At some point, the cow stopped moving and never moved again. People thought it was the will of Michizane and they buried where he stopped. That is current location of the main hall of Dazaifu Tenmangu. His grave was made in 905, and the shrine was established in 919 by Emperor Daigo.

Later, he was proofed his innocence and entitled “Tenmandaijizaitenjin.” The most commonly, he is known as “Tenjin-sama.” Since then, he was highly respected as the god of education and wisdom.

Tobiume (Flying Plum)
Tobiume is a plum tree located right next to the main hall. This plum was planted in Michizane’s garden in Kyoto. When Michizane was moved to Dazaifu, this plum followed him all the way from Kyoto to Daziafu in one night.

Poem of Michizane when he was demotioned to Dazaifu.
“東風(こち)吹かば 匂ひをこせよ 梅の花 主なしとて 春な忘れそ”
“When Eastern wind blows, I will feel your incense. So, you must bloom flowers every Spring.”

Kusunoki (Camphor Tree)
There are many camphor trees in the area, and the one of them are over 1,000 year’s old.

Major Matsuri
Kyokusui no En : First Sunday of March.
Spring Matsuri: in Spring Equinox.
Kamigami no utage: in September 20 to 25.
Special ritual ceremony for Education: October 18.

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