Site of the Dazaifu Government Office


A must-see for history buffs, time travel back to the age of Manyo!

Dazaifu" was the name of the government office located in present-day Dazaifu City, which ruled over the whole of Kyushu from the late 7th century to the Nara and Heian periods. The site known as the 'Tofuro Ruins' was the central seat of government. The government office was built at the centre of Dazaifu as the political core, as it was geographically the key defence position protecting the west of Japan and also served as a window for negotiations with the Asian continent.

Today, a magnificent foundation stone remains that reminds us of the size of the former Dazaifu, and is designated as a Special National Historic Site. The ruins of the surrounding government offices have also been restored around this site, and the area has been developed into a green and lush historical park. In spring, the approximately 100 cherry trees in the area are in full bloom, and visitors can enjoy walking around the historic site while viewing the cherry blossoms.

When visiting, make sure to stop by the Dazaifu Exhibition Hall, located near the entrance to the park. The museum introduces the history and culture of Dazaifu, the western capital where the international culture of ancient times blossomed, as well as exhibiting valuable archaeological materials. It is also recommended to use the Virtual Reality (VR) application to see a CG reconstruction of the Dazaifu Government Office for a better understanding of the city. You will be able to remember the scale and grandeur of Dazaifu, the government office of centuries ago.

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 818-0101 福岡県太宰府市観世音寺4-6-1
Address 4-6-1 Kanzeonji, Dazaifu City, Fukuoka
Telephone Number 092-921-2121(太宰府市観光推進課)
Contact Dazaifu Exhibition Hall
TEL: 092-922-7811
Price free of charge
Car Park 40 units
Access A short walk from Dazaifu City Community Bus "Mahoroba-go" Dazaifu Government Site bus stop.
Nishitetsu (Tenjin Omuta Line) Tofurou Station, approx. 15 mins walk.
Remarks Blooming season: late March - early April.

*Information on facilities is subject to change. Please check each official website for the latest information.


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