1 Day in Dazaifu : A Spiritual Journey
Fukuoka Prefecture is home to many famous shrines, but Dazaifu Tenmangu in Dazaifu city is one of Japan’s most venerated.
Don’t forget to explore the fascinating destinations nearby too!
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10:30 Travel from Tenjin to Dazaifu
11:00 Arrive at Dazaifu
11:00 Visit Dazaifu Tenmangu
Renowned as a shrine of learning, this major Fukuoka spiritual location attracts millions of people every year, who come here to pray for academic success. The shrine grounds offer an urban oasis with thousands of plum trees and nearly 100 camphor trees, as well as modern art installations dotted across the area.
|4-7-1 Zaifu, Dazaifu City, Fukuoka Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine Office
|Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine Opening times.
6:30am-7:00pm (varies according to season and facility)
New Year opening and closing times (31 Dec - 4 Jan)
The gates open at 6:30 on 31 December and 24 hours on the three New Year's days.
The gates close on the evening of 4 January, depending on the number of worshippers.
Prayers are accepted from around 8:45am until around 5:00pm.
Treasure House and Suga Lord History Museum
9:00am-4:30pm (admission until 4:00pm).
|Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine.
The Treasure House
Mondays (open if Monday is a public holiday)
Suga-ko History Museum
12:00 Lunch at Le Un, at Hotel Cultia Dazaifu
Hotel Cultia Dazaifu is a charming, decentralized hotel that uses renovated traditional buildings from the Edo and Meiji eras near Dazaifu Tenmangu. Their restaurant Le Un serves a delectable selection of fusion French dishes that incorporate locally sourced ingredients.
14:00 Enjoy Kyushu National Museum and its surroundings
Dig deep into Kyushu culture and history at Japan’s fourth national museum, which is an immersive, interactive facility. There are thousands of historical artifacts, many dating back several millennia.
|4-7-2 Ishizaka, Dazaifu City, Fukuoka
|Tuesday-Sunday, 9:30am-5pm (entry by 4:30pm)
|Every Monday (The following day in the event of a National Holiday)
15:00 Order an umegae mochi and matcha set at Kasa no Ya
Umegae mochi — a grilled rice cake with a soft adzuki bean filling embossed with a plum blossom image — is a delicious local specialty and a must-try when in Dazaifu. The teahouse is on shrine grounds and offers the perfect place to take a break before moving on.
|4-7-1 Saifu, Dazaifu City, Fukuoka Prefecture
17:00 Return to Tenjin
18:00 Dinner at one of Tenjin’s many delicious yatai stalls
Fukuoka City’s open-air food stands offer a slew of exciting dining options, as well as opportunities to meet locals and fellow travelers, who may have some more destination recommendations to share.
19:30 Head to lodgings at Hotel Okura Fukuoka
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