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.
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.
Many people [esp kids] can be spotted feeding the koi fish and turtles in the pond.
The entrance way
Wash your hands here before you enter
Here the shrine’s main hall [honden]
The plum tree standing on the right of the main hall is the legendary tobiume (flying plum tree)
There are many plum trees are found here as the late Michizane-san was fond of plum trees.
There are around 6000 plum trees on the grounds and are generally in bloom from late February to mid March.
The grounds contain two ponds
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
During exam season, this place is super crowded!
Wanna know what i bought here? Here’s my haul from Dazaifu [hahahaha u said u wanted to see the haul]
From Dazaifu Tenmangu itself, i bought a charm for my grandmother [good health not studies hahaha]
From one of the stores along the shopping street Dazaifu Tenmagu Omotesando, i picked up a little phone strap mascot
She is sold exclusively at Dazaifu.
Picked up a towel/handkerchief. No relation to Dazaifu but i just happened to buy it there too XD [onigiri print!]
And a box of umegae-mochi from KASANOYA.[ see more here
How the inside looks like [these freeze for up to 3 months]
Next up, Kyushu National Museum..but thats for the next post!
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!