Fukuoka: Dazaifu Tenmangu Omotesando 太宰府天満宮参道

Today i will write about Dazaifu (太宰府)
It is a city located in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
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Some of you were a bit confused from my previous posts so i think i should re-clarify :
Fukuoka is not in Tokyo. It is 2.5hrs by plane from Tokyo. [16hrs by bus]
Dazaifu is about 45mins by train from Hakata train station [2 train changes]

Dazaifu-shi is famous for a shrine here [Dazaifu Tenmangu]
As with most large shrines/temples in Japan, there is always a long shopping street before you get there.
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This is Dazaifu Tenmangu Omotesando 太宰府天満宮参道

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is heavily visited by students praying for exam success so there are many stores targeted at students such as toy stores [as below]
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The store below sells many Studio Ghibli items.
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There are stores selling traditional items too
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Stoneware
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Souvenirs
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Traditional clothes
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Local produce/delicacy
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I always want to share some “inside” spots with you that you cant find in tourist books.
At the first junction of the shopping street, turn to your left [facing towards shrine] and you will find a store selling steamed meat buns [takeout only]
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It is super famous [u can see it covered in signatures from celebrities]

If you get lost, visit the local tourism centre. its directly opposite [see the big yellow signboard below]
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The bun is VERY juicy and yummy. [its pork so i do apologise in advance for those of you who dont eat pork/meat]
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If you dont eat pork/meat, dont worry! Dazaifu is EXTREMELY famous for a sweet snack known as umegae-mochi, a red bean-paste cake.
There are soooo many stores selling it [like 80% of the stores in this street XD]
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I wanna be all cool and claim i did the research etc but i didnt lol
The thing is , despite the 39388485 stores there, only 1 store has a queue.
AND its a CRAZY LONG queue.
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The store name is KASANOYA.
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Luckily the workers there move like clockwork and the queue moves fairly quick. [but the queue behind never ends lol]
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It was YUMMY [i bought a box home. more pics of my souvenir haul in next post]

An unexpected feature of this beautiful street is the uber modern Starbucks store here.
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It is one of the most unconventional Starbucks i have ever been to

Here’s the counter inside
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Rest of the store
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We enjoyed a lovely break in here :D
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Next post, will write about Dazaifu Tenmangu [the shrine]

In other news, I am currently in Sapporo! its about 1hr 45mins from Tokyo via plane and will be here for about a week :D Today is my first day here and I am in Noboribetsu Onsen Town.
I have internet access though so i’ll still be blogging and postings tons on instagram [follow me please at yumeko55]
Till then!
XOXO Yumeko
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9 Responses to Fukuoka: Dazaifu Tenmangu Omotesando 太宰府天満宮参道

  1. Iris says:

    Love the design of that Starbucks store! Gosh, I miss Japan even more now :-) Have lots of fun in Sapporo!

  2. jiejie says:

    Not only a Fukuoka post but Dazaifu also! Keeping note of this. I was there for a really short time last year and deeply regret I didn’t get to explore the city. A friend is from Dazaifu and sent me local specialties. I hope to visit there someday.

  3. @adesabrina says:

    I should explore Fukuoka someday :D

  4. Tessa says:

    Woohoo ~~ looks like there is so much to explore in Fukuoka too.

    Thanks for sharing the ‘inside’ spots too; really really appreciate them!

    By the way hope you are having a great time in Hokkaido now :)

  5. An Ka says:

    wonderful place

  6. Kelsey says:

    Wonderful!!! I hope to go one day!!!!

  7. Sam says:

    That is one awesome Starbucks. And the pork bun looks delicious!

  8. dongkey says:

    the food from kasanoya looks so delicious i want to try it!! love ur blog its detailed n its in english too ^_^

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