Dazaifu is a picturesque town drawing many tourist all year long. Take a walk around town, eat some local Umegae Mochi and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Even though the town is worth a visit whenever you get the chance, spring and fall are especially beautiful.
When you arrive at the Dazaifu station you can follow the stream of tourist through the shopping street. Here you can try a fresh and warm Umegae Mochi or buy a Omiyage in one of the various souvenir shops.
At the end of the street you will find the most famous shrine in Dazaifu: Tenman-gu Shrine. The shrine is dedicated to Tenjin, the guardian deity of students. This makes Dazaifu a popular destination for university or high school students wishing for good grades or passing an exam.
Komyo-zenji Temple is located south of the Tenman-gu Shrine. This temple includes two beautiful Japenese rock gardens.
The Kyushu National Museum is located in walking distance from the popular shrine. It is Japan’s fourth National Museum. It opened in 2005 and the modern architecture itself is worth a visit. Furthermore it houses a collection of pottery and other artefacts especially showing the trade history of Kyushu. Special exhibition change every season.
Places you should also visit:
Kanzeon-ji Temple accommodates the oldest bronze Bonsho bell in Japan.
On the top of the holy mountain Hōman you can visit the Kamado Shrine.
The Remains of the Ancient Dazaifu Government Office are from the 8th century.
Dazaifu is a small town located 15 km south east of Fukuoka.
Nishitetsu Bus from Hakata Station to Daizaifu 40 min
Train from Tenjin Station to Dazaifu Station change in Nishitetsu-Futsukaichi Station 45 min