Fukuoka : Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

Last week i shared the shopping street Dazaifu Tenmagu Omotesando with you, this week i will tell you about the shrine at the end of the street.

Dazaifu Tenmangu is a shrine built over the grave of Michizane Sugawara. It is considered to be one of the Three Great Tenjin Shrines of Japan. He is known as the god of learning [he is a late scholar] and therefore. it is busy all through the year with a lot of visitors praying for success in exams and other academic achievements.

At the end of Dazaifu Tenmagu Omotesando, you will see a torii gate.
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You will then come to a pond built in the shape of the Japanese character for “heart”.
A path leads across two arched bridges and islands which represent the past, present and future.
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Many people [esp kids] can be spotted feeding the koi fish and turtles in the pond.
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The entrance way
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Wash your hands here before you enter
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Here the shrine’s main hall [honden]
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The plum tree standing on the right of the main hall is the legendary tobiume (flying plum tree)
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There are many plum trees are found here as the late Michizane-san was fond of plum trees.
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There are around 6000 plum trees on the grounds and are generally in bloom from late February to mid March.
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The grounds contain two ponds
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and a treasure house. This treasure house holds several Important Cultural Properties as well as one National Treasure’a calligraphic work known as the kanen (翰苑).

Learn more at their official website: http://www.dazaifutenmangu.or.jp/

When you are there, you might be interested to know that they sell tons of good luck charms. Most of them are related to passing exams XD
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During exam season, this place is super crowded!
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Wanna know what i bought here? Here’s my haul from Dazaifu [hahahaha u said u wanted to see the haul]
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From Dazaifu Tenmangu itself, i bought a charm for my grandmother [good health not studies hahaha]
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From one of the stores along the shopping street Dazaifu Tenmagu Omotesando, i picked up a little phone strap mascot
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She is sold exclusively at Dazaifu.
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Picked up a towel/handkerchief. No relation to Dazaifu but i just happened to buy it there too XD [onigiri print!]
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And a box of umegae-mochi from KASANOYA.[ see more here
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How the inside looks like [these freeze for up to 3 months]
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Next up, Kyushu National Museum..but thats for the next post!
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In other news, i am back from Sapporo! it was a whirlwind 6 days 5 nights but i had an awesome time!
Will blog about it eventually of course XD

Till then, take care!
XOXO Yumeko

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7 Responses to Fukuoka : Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

  1. anna says:

    that is so cool! like for the students and all. that is sooo interesting! i guess some people like some luck!

  2. Tessa says:

    Welcome back to Tokyo ~~ Haha!

    Thanks for sharing more of Fukuoka! Those onigiri prints are so cute !!

    By the way, does the umegae mochi have a sour taste?

  3. Leslie says:

    the onigiri print is soooo beautiful! thanks as always for sharing your travels :)

  4. ermahgerd onigiri towel is so freakin cute!
    i think i’d only ever stop by a shrine if it happened to be at the end of a shopping street…like this one is bwahahahhaa ^o^

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