The Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is where Sugawara no Michizane, known as the god of learning, is worshipped. As many as 7 million people pay homage here, from locals to visitors from all over the country. A lot of students can be seen in the area particularly during examination season in order to pray for passing their exams. From the road leading to the shrine, crossing the 3 vermillion-painted bridges and past the big red Chinese lanterns through the side doors of the main shrine grounds on the right side stands the Tobiume, a sacred plum tree which has been said to have uprooted itself and flown overnight from the city to Dazaifu. The historically known shrine of Tenjin from the past is still bustling with people up to now. Shops selling the local Dazaifu specialty "umegae mochi" are lined up along the road leading to the shrine.
The Kyushu National Museum is also located nearby. It is one of the 4 national museums along with the ones in Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara.
Opens at 6:00 from Vernal Equinox Day to Autumn Equinox Day, and opens at 6:30 aside from the period mentioned
June 1 to August 31: 20:00
September 1 to May 31: 19:00
New Year holiday opening hours:
Open at 6:30 on December 31; open for 24 hours on January 1-4.
Nearby parking lots available.
One-day parking fee is ¥500.