Without a doubt the best and most popular Shrine in Fukuoka Prefecture is the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine located approx. 30 minutes from central Fukuoka City.
The Shrine is dedicated to the God of Learning and as such is busy all through the year with many student visitors coming here to pray for upcoming success in their educational endeavors, especially during examination time at various periods during the year.
6000 or so Plum Trees have been planted on the site and they begin to bloom around early February to early March. Of course the Cherry Blossoms are also unique to the area and it must be added that during Autumn the leaf changing season of the incredible beautiful Japanese Maple Trees are exceptional and worth a to visit the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in mid to late November.
The entrance to the shrine is a long street lined with small stalls filled with local specialities, a variety of food and drinks and of course many different types of souvenirs that one can take back home after their travels in Japan.
The Shrine itself isn`t anything special and distinctively different to others in the area but the surrounds and the gardens are numerous and each twist and turn brings you to another viewing point and another place to explore. I highly recommend this place and it is a regular destination on our Fukuoka 1 day Private Tours.
Here is the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine`s location on a map:
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How to purify yourself
A place for families to come
You will see a lot of kimono's
A place to cleanse your soul
A popular place indeed
Lots of shopping options
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